GAMBARI, Prof Ibrahim Agboola

Born November 24, 1944
in

Ilorin, Kwara State.

Prof.

GAMBARI

Ibrahim

Agboola

B.Sc., MA., Ph.D

Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR (born November 24, 1944), is a Nigerian academic and diplomat currently serving as the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari was born on 24 November 1944 in Ilorin, Kwara State to a Fulani ruling class family. His nephew Ibrahim Sulu Gambari is the Emir of Illorin. 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.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[5]. From 1986 to 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 has written so many books and published in reputable journals in foreign policy and international relations, such as 'Theory and Reality in Foreign Policy: Nigeria after second Republic'. Nigeria Gambari served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 under General Muhammadu Buhari's military regime, after he was the director general of The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA). From 1990 to 1999, he holds the record of being the longest serving Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations, serving under five Heads of State and Presidents. United Nations Gambari has held several positions in the United Nations. In 1999, he was the President of UNICEF and later became UN Under Secretary-General and the first Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan from 1999 to 2005. He was the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2007 under Secretary-General's Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-Moon. His last appointment in the UN was from January 2010 to July 2012, when he was appointed by Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as the Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur. Founder and Chairman of the Savannah Centre Gambari is the co-chair of the Albright-Gambari Commission 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 He was accorded, honoris causa, the title of Doctor of Humane Letters (D.Hum.Litt.) from the University of Bridgeport On 4 March 2013, Ibrahim Gambari was named by the Governor of Kwara Abdulfatah Ahmad, as the Chancellor of the Kwara State University.
Gender: Male
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Name of Spouse Mrs. Fatima
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Number of Male Children 1
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Profession Political Scientist , Ambassador , Professor , Scholar-Diplomat
Working Experience Lecturer, Queen's College, City University of New York, USA, 1969-1974; , Assistant Professorship at the State University of New York,1974-1977 , Senior Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,1977-1980 , Associate Professor (Reader),1980-1983 , Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), 1983-1984 , Minister of External(now Foreign) Affairs,1984-1985 , Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University and Howard University in Washington, D.C., 1986-1989. , Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid,1990-1994 , first Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa,1999-2005; , Resident Special Representative of the Secretary-General , Head of the United Nations Mission to Angola 2002-2003 , Member,United Nations Secretary-General’s delegation ,2000-2012 , Joint Special Representative of the Secretary General , Chairperson, African Union Commission; , Head,United Nations and Africa Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID),2010-2012. , Professor, Ahmadu Bello University 1983 till date , Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria,

Founder/Chairman of Savannah Center; Chancellor Kwara State University; Member,Independent Eminent Experts on the Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action;Co-chair for the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, joint project of The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Stimson Center; Professor, Ahmed Bello University,1983 till date.

Previous Appointments:

– Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs,1983-1984;
– National Delegate, Assembly of the African Union,1984-1985;
– Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, 1984-1985
– Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations
– Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid,1990-1994
– First Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Africa,1999-2005;
– Resident Special Representative of the Secretary-General
– Head of the United Nations Mission to Angola 2002-2003;
– Member,United Nations Secretary-General’s delegation ,2000-2012;
– Joint Special Representative of the Secretary General;
– Chairperson, African Union Commission;
– Head,United Nations and Africa Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID),2010-2012.

– Member, Johns Hopkins University’s Society of Scholars.

King's College, Lagos, 1963-1964, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, England, 1965-1968, Columbia University, Morningside Heights, New York, United States America, 1968-1974, Research Fellow,Brookings Institution
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Member, United Nations
Member,International Advisory Board of the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance, Zimbabwe.

Recipient, Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR)
Winner, Special Recognition for International Development and Diplomacy Award,2007
Winner,the Distinguished (Foreign) Service Award,2008
winner, International House Harry Edmonds Award

PUBLICATIONS
BOOKS
– Africa’ Security Questions at the End of the 20TH Century Into The New Millenium
– United Nations in a Changing World Order: An African’s Perspective

Honoris Causa, Doctor of Humane Letters ,(D.Hum.Litt.), University of Bridgeport,2002
Honoris Causa, Doctor of Humane Letters ,(D.Hum.Litt.), Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey (2006)
Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, Chatham University,May 2008
Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt), University of Ibadan, Nigeria (November 2011

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