Ibrahim Kolo was elected to the NBCC International Advisory Council in 2013. He served as president of the Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON) from 1998 to 2012 and is currently vice chancellor and professor of gifted education and counseling psychology at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), in Lapai, Niger State, Nigeria. In these roles, Professor Kolo fosters international collaboration with NBCC-I through joint efforts such as the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program. He is a registered MHF Master Trainer.
Prof. Kolo has nearly four decades of experience with vulnerable and gifted children and youth, children with learning difficulties, and their parents. His research interests include human development and educational and counseling programs for gifted and vulnerable children and youth. Over the course of his career, Prof. Kolo has published seven books, written or coauthored 90 journal articles and book chapters, and taken part in more than 100 conference presentations.
Prof. Kolo currently serves as an editorial consultant to four journals, including the African Journal of Special Education Needs, and is the editor-in-chief of the Minna Journal of Education. He also consults for seven government ministries and independent organizations, including the Child Development Department and Special Education Division of the Federal Ministry of Education, and the UNICEF national office in Nigeria. He is a founding member of the National Association for Gifted Education and the founding chair of Nigeria’s Child Rights Advocacy Group. Prof. Kolo has been a CASSON fellow since 2006 and a member since 1998. He has also served as an editor for The Counsellor, CASSON’s journal.
Prof. Kolo has a bachelor’s degree in education, a doctorate in gifted education and a specialist degree in special education from Bayero University, and a master’s of education in guidance and counselling from the University of Jos, both in Nigeria. He is a former Fulbright fellow at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, United States. Prof. Kolo speaks English, Hausa and Nupe, and has traveled extensively across the globe. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf.