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Nigeria’s Presidential Candidate, Prof Kingsley Moghal...

Nigeria’s Presidential Candidate, Prof Kingsley Moghalu at the Abuja Blockchain and Digital Assets Conference 2019

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is a Nigerian political economist, lawyer, former United Nations official, and professor in international business and public policy at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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He is the founder of Sogato Strategies LLC and a senior adviser of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.

In 2016, Moghalu founded the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation. He is the 2019 Young Progressive Party (YPP) presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential elections.

Moghalu joined the United Nations in 1992. His first assignment was in Cambodia as a UN human rights and elections officer with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia. A year later, he was appointed political affairs officer in the department of peacekeeping operations at the UN Headquarters in New York.

From 1996 to 1997, he served in the former Yugoslavia as political advisor to the special representative of the UN Secretary-General in Croatia. Kingsley was then assigned as legal adviser to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, in 1997 and later promoted to the role of the international tribunal’s spokesman.

As special counsel and spokesman, he was responsible for policy development, strategic planning and external relations. The UNICTR delivered the first-ever judgement by an international court on genocide.

In 2002, Moghalu was appointed to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, as head of global partnerships and resource mobilization at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), a public-private international development finance organization and social investment fund with $20 billion in assets and investments in 140 developing and middle income countries.

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He was a member of the Global Fund’s senior management group that set corporate strategy, a member of the risk management committee, and was promoted to the rank of director in 2006.

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Moghalu served as deputy governor of financial system stability and the director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from 2009 to 2014; he led the implementation of reforms to Nigeria’s failing banking sector. He is a member of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation and non-executive director of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.

Moghalu resigned from the United Nations in December 2008. He then founded Sogato Strategies S.A., a global strategy and risk consultancy, in Geneva.

Umaru Yar’Adua, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2007–2010), appointed Moghalu deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in November 2009.

Moghalu has also served as a member of the board of directors of Opportunities Industrialization Centers International in Philadelphia, a non-profit global entrepreneurship development organization founded by the late US civil rights leader Reverend Leon Sullivan.

Being a financial expert, Prof Moghalu believes in the digitization of assets and the growth of the economy. This is proved true by his involvement with Blockchain Nigeria User Group (BNUG) and his attendance at the Abuja Blockchain and Digital Assets Conference (ABDAC 2019) held in October.


In the blockchain conference, he shared his knowledge on “what it means to develop a blockchain-based system, the immediate benefits and long-term transformational potential for Africa”, adding to that, the professor, in an interview with CoinNewsExtra, talked about how he planned to include the youths if he had won the 2019 presidential election.

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