Saadatu Abdullahi

Chief Executive Officer, Open Arms Institute


Saadatu runs the first ever special needs school focusing on enhancing the chances of children with learning disabilities in Kaduna state of Nigeria. Saadatu left a lucrative job as a banker with more than seventeen years of experience, to follow her passion in providing a safe and reliable environment where parents of children with special needs can entrust their children. She holds a Bachelors degree in Agriculture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and is passionate about developing a culture of entrepreneurship to address youth unemployment and restiveness in Nigeria.


Mentor: Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson