Olusegun Obasanjo

His Excellency Dr Olusegun Obasanjo is a former President of Nigeria, serving his country from 1999 to 2007. He also served as the country’s Head of State from 1976 to 1979.

For over three decades, Dr Obasanjo has been involved in development issues across Africa, especially in the areas of leadership development, capacity-building and conflict resolution. In 1988, he convened leaders of Africa to establish the Africa Leadership Forum, which became a leading voice for democracy and development in Africa.

Dr Obasanjo has mediated in a number of conflicts in Africa and other parts of the world, including conflicts in Angola, Burundi, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.

In 2009, Dr Obasanjo was appointed Special Envoy of the United Nations to the Great Lakes region to mediate on the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is currently the Chair of the African Union panel of enquiry on the crisis in South Sudan.

Dr Obasanjo plays a leadership role in many organizations, including the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government, Eminent Persons Group of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and African Progress Panel. He chairs the West African Drug Commission and is the Chief Promoter of Africa’s first Presidential Library, the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Foundation.