Professor Ibrahim Agboola GambariThe founder and current Chairman of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy
Professor Gambari is a seasoned scholar and a Diplomat per excellence with an illustrious career, spanning over the academia, government and international diplomacy. He worked in different capacities under three successive United Nations Secretaries-General of the United Nations in New York. Until his retirement from meritorious service to humanity in December 2012, he served the United Nations both as the Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs and Joint Special Representative of the UN/AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur, the Sudan. Professor Gambari holds the National Honors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of South Africa (CFR and OCORT) respectively.
While serving as the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, he established a Mediation Support Unit in 2006. He also served as the UN Special Representative in Angola and Myanmar as well as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Africa, with special responsibilities for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) which mid-wife the establishment of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
Professor Gambari is taking over the Chairmanship of the APRM Panel of Eminent Persons at a time that the voluntary membership of the APRM Forum is expanding appreciably and the NEPAD has formally been transformed into the African Union Development Agency, (the Union’s technical policy implementation agency) this assumption of the Chair of APRM is also at a time the African Governance Report is formally presented to the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union with total commitment to the effective implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 whose aspirations and goals were reaffirmed as central to the mandate of the APRM.
The Savannah Centre shares the belief that Professor Gambari would build on the good foundation laid by his predecessor, Hon. Bridgette Mabandla, whom he had the privilege of working with as her Deputy Chairperson, to work fervently with the Members of the Panel, in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, Professor Eddy Maloka, to steer the course of the successful implementation of the aspirations and goals of the AU Agenda 2063 which are central to the mandate of APRM.