Rufus Idris, a Nigerian-born young professional based in the United States of America and the Executive Director of CEED, an economic empowerment non-profit organization providing microenterprise and technical assistance to underserved and disadvantaged entrepreneurs, especially immigrants, refugees and minorities from 26 plus countries living in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Was at the June 2010 G-20 Business Leaders’ Summit in Canada where he met with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and a large contingent of Canadian and U.S Businesses interested in doing business with Africa.
On July 29, 2010 he hosted a high-ranking delegation from the Lagos State Government at La Roche College, with the aim to connect Lagos State of Nigeria (the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa) to over 31 Southwestern Pennsylvania investors, businesses leaders, and academia.
Mr. Idris, a 2011 Nominee of the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award helped unite 26 plus African Countries living in Southwestern Pennsylvania and facilitated the establishment of the Union of African Communities in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. He sits on the Advisory Council to Allegheny County Department of Human Services (USA) on immigrants, internationals and refugees issues. An active member of the Vibrant Pittsburgh Affinity Group (an initiative to develop Southwestern PA region and attract more immigrants/refugees to replenish the shrinking population, develop workforce, create businesses and boost local economy). Mr. Idris has successfully designed, secure funding, and implemented economic empowerment and entrepreneurial projects worth millions of U.S dollars, assisted hundreds of underserved and disadvantaged businesses amd created hundreds of jobs.
Mr. Idris is widely read having trained at the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology and the University of Agriculture in Nigeria, La Roche College in Pittsburgh USA during which he made the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence and bagged the Who is Who In American Universities/Colleges Leadership Award. Mr. Idris also attended the Southern New Hampshire University for a Masters in Community Economic Development.
He has attended several trainings both in Nigeria and abroad some of which include Financing Sustainable Development in Nigeria, organized by Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) in collaboration with the Nigerian National House of Representative Committee on Diaspora Commission New Jersey, Pennsylvania Statewide Environmental Justice Training in Harrisburg USA, Improving Social Services to Clients with Limited English Proficiency, Pittsburgh USA, Alternative Fuel – Energy Security, Techno-economic and Environmental issue India, Education for All – Education to End Poverty organized by UNESCO in Nigeria, International Training on Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) Pesticides organized
by PAN-UK/AGENDA in Tanzania, and Small Hydro Power (SHP) for Power Generation in Isolated Rural Areas in Nigeria, 2005.
His initiatives and ideas have been acclaimed by International organizations among which are his entries for the USAID/Western Union 1st African Diaspora Marketplace Competition 2009 in USA and the World Bank Global Development Marketplace Competition 2007 also USA in which he was a finalist. His work on Studying the Impacts of Gas Flaring and Oil Pollution on Birds of the Niger Delta was award Winner in 2007 by the African Bird Club, United Kingdom. He is also an Award Winner in 2006 and 2007 from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), U.S.A for his work on Conservation of Aquatic Wildlife in Badagry Lagoon and Idea Wild, USA for his work on Biodiversity and Conservation Awareness in Nigeria respectively.
Mr. Idris is a member of several professional bodies and organizations which include African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), Nature Conservancy, USA, Youth Action Partners for Development, Nigeria, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), and Pittsburgh Area African Professional.