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Hurera Atta

Hurera Atta

Visiting Senior Research Fellow


Hurera Atta is a Visiting practitioner as part of the Practice of Leadership programme with the African Leadership Centre.

She is the Assistant Executive Director and Head of Education at Neem Foundation. A devoted advocate of human rights, civil liberties, and education, especially for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, Hurera has built a legal and corporate career spanning over 25 years.

As a lawyer, she handled high-profile and controversial human rights cases, representing young at-risk women. In her capacity as General Manager at Allan Woods Limited, she oversaw and spearheaded the development of the educational institution to bridge the gap in the area of professional development for Nigerian professionals.

Hurera served as the immediate past Coordinator of the Counter-Radicalization Programme at the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), a position she held for 3 years. In this role, she set up and was instrumental in implementing education, rehabilitation, peace advocacy and community based conflict prevention programmes.

In 2017, she was appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to serve on the Board of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, bringing her wealth of experience from various sectors of the national economy to steering the efficient and effective management of the national institution, and strengthening its capacity to achieve its mandate.

Hurera holds an LLB from University College Wales and qualified with a Bachelors of Law (B.L) from the Council of Legal Education (Nigerian Law School) in 1992. She is an experienced human rights and gender equity advocate, with a focus on advancing policies and programmes that improves education, social and economic inclusion, human rights and equitable governance.