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Mrs Mariam Yalwaji Katagum

Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO

H.E. Mrs Mariam Yalwaji Katagum was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO in June 2009.  

Prior to her appointment as Ambassador, Mrs. Katagum served as the Secretary General of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO from 2001, after fifteen years of stewardship at the Commission.

H.E. Mrs. Katagum has served on a number of national and international Committees and Panels throughout her career.  In particular she was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the African World Heritage Fund (2009 – 2011); Chairperson of the West Africa Group in UNESCO (2009-2012); Chair of the E-9 Group at UNESCO (2010-2012); Member, representing Nigeria, on the UNESCO Headquarters’ Committee (2011-2013); Temporary Chairperson of the PX Commission of the Executive Board, 191st Session (2013) and Chairperson of the Preparatory Group, of the  Executive Board, 197th Session (2015).  

H.E. Mrs Katagum is presently Member and Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Member, representing Nigeria on the UNESCO Executive Board.

H.E. Mrs Katagum holds a Masters in Administration and Planning from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English, a Graduate Certificate in Education at the Ahmadu Bello University, as well as a Certificate in Social Development Policy, Planning and Practice at the University College, London. She was awarded a UNESCO Fellowship in 1999.

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