Ibrahim Gambari is a retired United Nations official. While at the UN, Gambari oversaw the organization’s operations in Darfur and represented its interest in numerous other hotspots for more than a decade including South Sudan, Myanmar, South Africa, Cyprus and Angola.

Gambari joined the UN in 1990 as an Ambassador from Nigeria. His work gained the attention of then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who, in 1999, appointed him to the role of Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on African Affairs. In 2005, he was named the Under-Secretary General of the UN for the Department of Political Affairs by Annan.

He was also appointed as the Special Advisor on the International Compact with Iraq and in 2010 was appointed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint AU-UN Special Representative for Darfur. This role put him in charge of the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the organization’s history, involving 30,000 people, including 16,000 troops and 6,000 police.

In 2013, he was named as the pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University in Nigeria, making him the ceremonial head of the University. He is also a scholar-in-residence at Lynn University.