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Maryam Uwais

Special Adviser to the Vice-President on Social Investments; oversees the cash transfer, school feeding, job creation and microcredit (to those at the bottom of the financial pyramid) programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria. 1980, LLB (Hons), Ahmadu Bello University; 1981, BL, Nigerian Law School; 1985, LLM, Ahmadu Bello University; 2003, International Practice Diploma (IBA) in International Business Organizations, College of Law, England and Wales; 2006, Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom; 2009, Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Banking and Insurance. Formerly: Principal Partner, Wali Uwais & Co.; served on the Council of the National Human Rights Commission; Member of the Board, Justice Research Institute, Kukah Centre and Coalition Against Tobacco; served on state, federal and continental committees, including Kano State Almajiri Committee, President Goodluck Johnathan's Presidential Advisory Council, Northern Nigeria Governor's Committee on Reconciliation, Security Healing, and African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Currently. December 2009, founded Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative targeting the conditions of women and children in education, healthcare and empowerment. Worked as a consultant to the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, UNICEF, the World Bank and DFID. Recipient of numerous honours and awards.