The Cosgrove management team consists of highly respected individuals with over 108 cummulative years of international professional experience and solid industry reputation


The Cosgrove management team consists of highly respected individuals with over 108 cummulative years of international professional experience and solid industry reputation


Umar Abdullahi

CEO, Cosgrove

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The Cosgrove founder, Umar comes with over 19  years varied experience in Real Estate Development, Investment, and Financial Services. Notably, Umar served as the pioneer Managing Director of Brains & Hammers Ltd. for 8 years.

He directed the foundations for the company’s success; and spearheaded the conceptualization, development, construction, and management of a myriad of housing estates and gated communities. He is specially adept at managing complex projects and diverse teams. Most recently, under his leadership, Kano Economic City (a N167 billion Joint Venture project between Brains & Hammers and the Kano State Government) was consummated.

Umar also brings extensive experience from his corporate banking background as well as expertise in negotiations with a commitment to compliance with corporate governance and fiscal discipline. An astute leader whose vision is achieving Cosgrove strategic business goals.

His variegated International Executive Leadership training programs equip him for his new role to steer the company to achieve its long-term vision.

Umar is a graduate of Bayero University, Kano and an alumnus of Cranfield University, UK and attends the Harvard Business School Executive Programs.

Elizabeth Taylor

COO, Cosgrove

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Liz, an Arch Bishop Tutu Fellow of the African Leadership Institute is a business strategist with proven strength tactically executing strategy and delivering on organizational goals. She believes in the combined role of people driven tactics and systems in delivering excellence to all stakeholders.

After a multidisciplinary role spanning nearly 16 years, Liz knows what truly drives business process, customer engagement, and strategy. Her strengths include knowledge management, business management, people management, customer relationship management and more.

Liz is an accomplished people developer and trainer with a unique method for creating high performing teams. She is an alumnus of the Said Business School Leadership program (with African Leadership Institute) and Wharton Business School Real Estate program on Housing Finance & Securitization.

In addition to her extensive multidisciplinary experience, Liz is also a certified customer service strategist and coach; she is also a published author.

Liz is a Business Administration graduate of University of Abuja, with an MSc in Knowledge Management from the Aberdeen Business School.

Eng. Baba Kalli

CTO, Cosgrove

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A graduate of Civil and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Maiduguri, Engr. B. Kalli brings
over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate & Construction Industry – Designing, Constructing and Managing both Public and Private projects across Nigeria.

He directed the foundations for the company’s success; and spearheaded the conceptualization, development,
construction, and management of a myriad of housing estates and gated communities. He has served as Director Technical Operations of BCals Resources Ltd. He led the design and construction of various projects including
the Oando Nig. Plc. Maitama; BBC Media Office Abuja; Yakubu Gowon Centre in Kumasi Crescent, National Diary Development Commission Headquarters, Abuja; First Shopping Plaza for Jabire Nig. Ltd., Abuja, among many other highly regarded projects.

Prior to this he also served as a Principal Engineer and later Consultant to Futune Nig. Ltd leading the construction of several Turnkey projects including the NIPC building Maitama, Abuja; NSITF office at Wuse 2, Abuja; BUA Estate Asokoro, Abuja; and the British Preparatory School Wuse 2, Abuja.

A registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr. Baba Kalli is also a seasoned. His dedication, professionalism and unflagging attention-to-detail ensures all Cosgrove offerings are built
and delivered to exceptional quality standards – a key facet of our corporate promise.

Dr. Ibukun Adebayo-Adedayo

Chief Finance Officer, Cosgrove

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Dr. Ibukun Adebayo-Adedayo is an astute finance professional with over 12 years extensive experience in the finance industry – spanning investment banking, development finance and real estate transaction advisory services.

She has published several articles on Funds Management and Private Wealth Management and was responsible for providing content for the periodic Funds Newsletter for Chapel Hill Denham Management Limited.

She subsequently moved to head the real estate team at the Infrastructure Bank PLC. – a private sector-led, but public-sponsored Development Finance Institution for over five years.

Ibukun earned her first degree in Medicine & Surgery, and subsequently became a CFA Charter holder in 2010.

Mustapha Tijjani

Chief Procurement Officer, Cosgrove

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Mustapha brings over 8 years experience in the real estate industry with a particular focus on largescale cross-border procurement and supply-chain management.

Prior to joining Cosgrove Ltd., he managed independent construction projects and coordinated the successful sales and marketing of prime landed properties across various cities in Nigeria.

A consummate relationship-builder, his in-depth knowledge of the local business market, alongside a large network of high-value contacts gives him invaluable insight into real estate development in Nigeria.

Mustapha who is also a Cosgrove Director is a graduate of Business Management from the University of Maiduguri.

Marija Prpic


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Marija has enjoyed a successful multifaceted international career. She has worked on projects in the United Kingdom (Cambridge), USA (Los Altos), Bulgaria (Caricina Dolina), Serbia (Nis), and Nigeria (Warri, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Calabar, Lagos, and Abuja).

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Architecture, University of Nis. Marija also holds qualifications in Technical Drawing and Programming from Electro-Technical School “Nikola Tesla” in Nis.

Marija brings to Cosgrove key strengths in architectural design and urban planning (with expertise in design of various types of apartment buildings, hotels, commercial and medical facilities), construction site management, renovations, and adaptation of new space, interiors, and exteriors.

Her experience managing environmental strategy including budgets and plans comes to bear as Cosgrove develops environmentally responsible developments.

She is a team player with a keen interest in foreign cultures and languages, design, sports, travels amongst others.

Barr. Adeoba Ademoyega

Legal Adviser, Cosgrove

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Adeoba specializes in real estate development from the point of execution of Joint Venture agreements: with Joint Development Partners (where applicable) to overseeing the process of construction, sales of commercial and or housing units and unto the facility management of such estates and overseeing of all legal matters.

As Lead Adviser to one Nigeria’s largest real estate companies in Abuja he currently supervises and is in charge of about ten (10) estates within the Federal Capital Territory comprising of over 1000 housing units. He is also Lead Adviser on the Kano Economic City project in Kano.

He was part of the legal team engaged by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to negotiate with the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2006 for the Railway Modernization Project valued at Eight Billion Three Hundred Million USD dollars ($8,300,000,000) as well as the 2009 Standard Gauge Modernization Railway Contract from Kaduna to Abuja valued at about One Billion Three Hundred Million USD Dollars ($1,300,000,000) commissioned recently by the Nigeria government.

Adeoba is married to Uche and they have two lovely children. He is a graduate of Law from the Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999. Adeoba is a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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