Ibrahim Gambari

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Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR (born November 24, 1944 in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria) is a Nigerian scholar and diplomat. He was Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. Gambari has been appointed by the Secretary-General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur effective from 1 January 2010. He is currently the Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he served as the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (USG) for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). He was appointed on June 10, 2005 and assumed the post on July 1 of that year. On March 4, 2013, Ibrahim Gambari was named by the Kwara State Governor, AbdulFatah Ahmad, as the pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University, making him the ceremonial head of the University who presides over convocations to award degrees and diplomas and also supports the vision and mission of the University in all respect, including fundraising, social, economic and academic goals. As a University that continues to gain credence as a community development university with world class standards, the selection of Gambari is expected to give it instantaneous additional international boost and recognition.

Education[edit]

Gambari attended King's College, Lagos. He subsequently attended the London School of Economics where he obtained his B. Sc.(Economics) degree(1968) with specialisation in International Relations. He later obtained his M.A.(1970) and Ph. D.(1974) degrees from Columbia University, New York, USA in Political Science /International Relations.

Academic career[edit]

Gambari began his teaching career in 1969 at City University of New York before working at University of Albany. Later, he taught at Ahmadu Bello University, in Zaria, Kaduna State, the second largest university in Africa. From 1986-1989, he was Visiting Professor at three universities in Washington, D.C.: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University and Howard University. He has also been a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution also in Washington D.C. and a Resident Scholar at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center, the Rockefeller Foundation-run center in Italy. He was accorded, honoris causa, the title of Doctor of Humane Letters (D.Hum.Litt.) from the University of Bridgeport. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins University's Society of Scholars. He was decorated with the title of Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) by the Government of Nigeria.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Emeka Anyaoku
Foreign Minister of Nigeria
1984 – 1985
Succeeded by
Bolaji Akinyemi
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joseph Nanven Garba
Permanent Representative of Nigeria
to the United Nations

1990 – 1999
Succeeded by
Chief Arthur Mbanefo
Preceded by
Joseph Nanven Garba
Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee
on Peacekeeping Operations

1990 – 1999
Succeeded by
Chief Arthur Mbanefo
Preceded by
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President of the Executive Board of UNICEF
1999
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Nil
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Special Adviser on Africa

2000 – 2005
Succeeded by
Legwaila Joseph Legwaila
Preceded by
Sir Kieran Prendergast (UK)
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
for Department of Political Affairs

2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
B. Lynn Pascoe