Dr Abubakar Mohammed Zayyana

Lecturer and Course Director (BA (Hons) International Finance and Accounting)

Email: ad5428@coventry.ac.uk


Abubakar Zayyana held PhD in Accounting and Finance from the University of Bedfordshire; with more than 6 years of academic experience. He also completed business courses at the Harvard Business School and University of Cambridge. Dr Zayyana is passionate about working with students from diverse international and educational background. He is currently involved in developing, teaching, and marking modules related to Accounting and Finance at the Coventry University London.

Dr Zayyana is associated with supervising and marking internships and dissertations of both UG and PG students. He is currently the Course Director for Level 4 BA (Hons) International Finance and Accounting. His main goal is to use research-led teaching to improve student experience and motivating them to achieve their potential as well as prepare them for their professional development. Previously, Dr Zayyana was a deputy Director of Finance at the Ministry of Work, Sokoto, Nigeria.


  • PhD Accounting and Finance, University of Bedfordshire, UK, 2019
  • MSc Management, Brunel University, London, UK, 2014
  • BSc Accounting and Finance, University of Bedfordshire, UK, 2013
  • Higher National Diploma in Accounting, Kano State Polytechnic, Kano, Nigeria,   2004

Professional and Industry Memberships

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (Number: PR183519).
  • Member of the Society for Corporate Governance of Nigeria (SCGN).
  • Member of British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).
  • Chartered Management (CMgr) status. (Number: P04402961).
  • Member of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) (Number: 51458).

Research and Consultancy

Dr Zayyana’s main research interest is around Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Fraud Management. He is also interested in Capital Market research especially in finding the link between earnings announcement and share prices. He is currently a reviewer of the Journal of Law and Social Studies (JLSS).

Publications and Scholarship Activities

  • Zayyana, M., and Karidis, S., (2017) Board effectiveness: The influence of board processes on task and corporate social responsibility performance in Nigeria. British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 10-12th April.
  • Zayyana, M., Karidi, S., and Win, S., (2017) Input-processes-output: A better approach to investigate board effectiveness relating to task and corporate social responsibility performance with evidence from Nigeria. Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies (AFEE) Conference, Cranfield, United Kingdom. 23rd June.
  • Zayyana, M., (2018) Board gender diversity and company performance. Research Centre for Contemporary Accounting, Finance and Economics (ResCAFE) Workshop, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. 5th February.

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Teaching Areas

  • Business Accounting
  • Managing People and Systems
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Finance
  • Postgraduate Professional Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Financial Planning and Revenue Management
  • Accounting and Financial Management
The Queen's Award for Enterprise
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023