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Ambassador Joe Keshi, a renowned technocrat of versatile experience, is reckoned with a remarkable track both in the public and private sectors in Nigeria. He retired as the Permanent Secretary of both Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cabinet Secretariat under Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Musa Yar Adua respectively. A diplomat for thirty-four years, who served in Togo, Ethiopia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Namibia, Sierra Leone (where he participated as a facilitator in the negotiations that ended the 10 years of civil war in the country) and the United States of America, where he served as the Consul-General of Nigeria based in Atlanta, covering the South East of the USA. He also served as the National Coordinator, Nigeria National Volunteer Service (NNVS), which has the mandate to mobilize and facilitate the involvement of the Nigerian Diaspora in Nigeria’s development. He currently serves as the Director General of BRACED Commission, a body set up to harmonize socio-economic development in the South South region of Nigeria. In his private sector track, he has scaled the ladder of success in United Bank for Africa (UBA) between 2010 and 2013. He was appointed a non-executive Director in 2010, the Vice Chairman of the Board in 2011 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. A graduate of political science from the University of Ibadan, he holds a Masters degree in Administration and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague (with emphasis in policy analysis) and an Executive Course fellowship from the John Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, USA. Widely travelled, Ambassador Keshi is a recipient of many international and local awards including the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) conferred on him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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