Isa Yusuf Maikanwa was born on October 10, 1961, into the family of Alhaji Yusuf Maikanwa, Business Man, a native of Kurumci Town in Potiskum Local Government Area, Yobe State, Nigeria. He attended St Peter’s Primary School Potiskum, Fika Government Secondary School, Potiskum, Borno State College of Arts and Science (BOCOBS), Maiduguri, University of Maiduguri in Borno State and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Bauchi State.
Isa Yusuf is currently the Director Planning Research and Policy Analysis of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), a parastatal under the aegis of Federal Ministry of Science & Technology (FMST), Abuja. He initiated, coordinated and influenced the establishment of Incubation Centres in most of the states of the federation with the aim to make Nigerians productive, innovative and technologically advanced and self-reliant on home-made products towards a scientifically and technologically developed nation in future.
He served the National Youth Service Corps Scheme in Bauchi, Bauchi State on deployment to NYSC Secretariat as the Community Development Service Coordinator at the NYSC Headquarters, Bauchi.
On completion of the mandatory NYSC Scheme, he secured an employment with then Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources on deployment to Shani Agro Service Centre, Shani Local Government Area, Borno State. He later moved to Borno State Agricultural Development Programme (BOSAP) on deployment to Gujba as an Extension Officer, Agricultural Extension Services. Isa Yusuf Maikanwa later joined the services of Union Bank of Nigeria PLC in 1988 as one of the pioneer Area Agricultural
Officers in charge of Agricultural lending and advances stationed in Maiduguri Branch. He progressively rose to a position of Manager Group One (1) at Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. He was in charge of the Agricultural Sector, Income Optimization and Financial & Strategic Planning Group of Union Bank Plc. He has over thirteen (13) years Agricultural financing and providing access to credit/loan facilities to agricultural enterprises at competitive rates in Union Bank of Nigeria PLC.
Isa Yusuf Maikanwa holds a bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Technology from the University of Maiduguri in 1984. He later obtained Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi in Year (2000). He trained with Price Water House Coopers. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He has attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France also South Korea, Dajeon: WTA/UNESCO workshop on Science & Technology Eco-system Creative Industry.
Isa Yusuf Maikanwa has represented Nigeria in various local and international conferences and has co-authored several Government focused documents/studies. He is married to Halima Mohammed Lawan, a native of Bade Local Government Area, Yobe State, Nigeria.