Amb. (Dr.) Godknows Boladei Igali

AMBASSADOR (DR.) GODKNOWS BOLADEI IGALI, OON
Dr. Godknows Boladei Igali was born in Oporoma, Bayelsa State of
Nigeria on 4th April, 1960. He hails from Eniwari town in Southern Ijaw LGA
of Bayelsa State. He holds a PhD in Political and International Studies, from
University of Venezuela, Masters in International Law and Diplomacy
(MILD) from University of Lagos and B.A. (Hons) History from University of
Port Harcourt. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in International
Relations and undertook professional studies at the Nigerian Foreign
Service Academy and the Diplomatic Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan.
A career Diplomat, he has served all around the world since joining the
Foreign Service in 1982. During his stays at headquarters, he distinguished
himself as an expert on economic diplomacy and served as Secretary to
about ten (10) Nigerian Economic Missions abroad between 1986 – 1991.
He also served severally as Secretary, Committee on Export to West Africa
and as Special Assistant to Honourable Ministers of Foreign Affairs. He was
appointed the Nigerian Consul General to Cameroon (1999 – 2005). In
Cameroon, amongst other things, he played a key role in the Bakassi
Peninsular peace effort following border dispute between Nigeria and
Cameroon and the subsequent ICJ judgment of 2002 and in 2004 – 2005,
he successfully initiated, negotiated and along with United Nations High
Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) supervised the return of over 60,000
Nigerian Fulani Refugees who had for years been displaced into Cameroon
following inter-ethnic crisis.
On return to Nigeria, Dr. Igali thereafter served as Special Assistant
(Special Duties) in the Nigerian Presidential Villa (2005 – 2006). During the
period, he was also Secretary to the Presidential Committee on Money
Laundering and Financial Crimes. In addition, he also served as Secretary
to the Presidential Subcommittee on Review of the Public Service Rules
(2005). He was later appointed Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government
in January 2006 and was concurrently named Honorary Adviser and Peace
Envoy to the President on Niger Delta (2006 – 2007).
He last served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Scandinavian countries,
Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway (from 2008 – 2010). During the
stay in the Scandinavia, he was responsible for exchange of twelve (12)
Economic Missions, with visible impact on foreign investment inflow into
Nigeria. He also successfully hosted Nigeria’s 500-man Delegation to COP
15 Climate Change Summit in December, 2009.
It is in recognition of this and past laudable achievements that he was in
2010 appointed Federal Permanent Secretary for Water Resources. Dr.
Igali is an expert in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Sustainable
Development Matter. He is a tactician and sharp thinker and is regarded as
one of the intellectual forte in Nigeria’s present crop of senior diplomats,
technocrats and administrators.
He is a Devout Christian and Board Member of many international charities.
Dr. Igali is a well published author. He is holder of several international
awards and recognitions, in particular Officer of the Order of the Niger
(OON) in 2005. He is married to Mrs. Tokoni Igali and blessed with 4
daughters and a son. He plays Golf at his leisure.