Former Director/CEO from 2013 to 2022

Babatunde RABIU is a Professor of Physics and at moment the Director of the Centre for Atmospheric Research of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency located within the Campus of the kogi State University, Anyigba.


  • He was a Deputy Director in the Space Agency between 2010 and December 2012.
  • He was appointed a Professor of Space Physics by the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria on 1st October 2010.
  • He started his teaching career at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1993.
  • His research interest lies mainly in Ionospheric Physics, Space Weather and Solar Terrestrial Interactions.
  • He was named the Young Scientist of the Year 2000 in Nigeria by the Third World academy of Science, Italy, in collaboration with the Nigerian Academy of Science.
  • He is a renowned Space Physicist with passion for observational facilities in Africa.
  • He was a postdoc fellow at the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, india in 2004; and a visiting Associate Professor to the Solar Terrestrial Environment Laboratory of the Nagoya University, Japan in 2008.
  • He is a visiting Professor to a number of African Universities and has been a regular visiting Professor to the International Centre for Space Weather Science and Education ICSWSE (Formerly Space Environment Research Center) of Kyushu University, Japan since 2008.
  • He is a member of many professional bodies including American Geophysical Union, African Geospace Society, Japan Geoscience Union, Nigerian Institute of Physics, International Academy of Astronautics and US Institute of Navigation.
  • At moment he is the national coordinator of the International Space Weather Initiative and serve on the international steering committee of the UN/NASA–endorsed global cooperation.
  • He has published many scholarly articles in reputable journals and has been to many academic conferences/workshops.
  • One of his numerous classical work is “Rabiu, A.B., Onwumechili, C.A., Nagarajan, N., Yumoto, K., 2013. Characteristics of equatorial electrojet over India determined from a thick current shell model. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 92, 105-115. 10.1016/j.jastp.2012.10.014”.
  • He has successfully supervised more than 5 PhDs and more than 15 MSc in his chosen area of research.
February 2023