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    Biographical Note

    SG/A/816
    AFR/478
    BIO/3454*
    16 September 2002

    SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS IBRAHIM AGBOOLA GAMBARI OF NIGERIA
    AS HIS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR ANGOLA

    NEW YORK, 12 September (UN Headquarters) -- The Secretary-General announced today the appointment of Ibrahim Agboola Gambari of Nigeria as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Angola.

    Prior to joining the United Nations in December 1999 as the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Special Assignments in Africa, Mr. Gambari was Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from January 1990 to October 1999.

    Earlier in his career, from 1969-1974, Mr. Gambari taught at the City University of New York and later at the State University of New York (Albany). He returned home to Nigeria to teach at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, first as Senior Lecturer (1977-1980), then as Reader, and subsequently as Professor (1983). He was also Chairman (Head) of the Department of Political Science at the University in Zaria (1982-1983), where he founded the first undergraduate Programme in International Studies in Nigeria.

    Mr. Gambari was appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in October 1983, a position he held until his appointment as the Minister of External Affairs of Nigeria in December 1983. At the end of his tenure in August 1985, he returned to Ahmadu Bello University to continue teaching. Between 1986-1989, he served as Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and also taught at both Georgetown University and Howard University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gambari was also a Research Fellow at Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., in the latter part of 1989. Furthermore, he was a Resident Scholar at Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Centre, Italy in 1989. Mr. Gambari has authored a number of books, including on foreign policy decision-making.

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    * This supersedes BIO/2443 of 22 January 1990.