Professor Kingsley Moghalu is a Nigerian experienced political economist, lawyer, published author, keynote speaker, columnist and Presidential Aspirant 2023. He was the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sogato Strategies S.A. He helped design a comprehensive risk management system for the $20 billion Global Fund in Geneva, an international development finance fund established under the UN auspices. Professor Kingsley Moghalu ran for Presidency in the 2019 elections under the flagship of the Young Progressive Party(YPP) platform.
Kingsley Moghalu has spent his career in the service of human rights and international justice. His first two books are about global justice: Global Justice: The Politics of War Crimes Trials and Rwanda’s Genocide: The Politics of Global Justice. His primary concerns have been in the areas of international criminal justice and the establishment of international criminal courts.
Born on May 7, 1963, in Lagos brought up in Geneva, Washington, D.C. and Nigeria. Kingsley Moghalu is married to Mrs Maryanne Moghalu a lawyer and social entrepreneur and they are blessed with three sons and a daughter. His hobbies are reading, writing and walking. He is driven by a strong sense of integrity, accountability, respect for others and a strong belief in God.
|Secondary education||Eziama High School, Aba,
Government College, Umuahia,
Federal Government College, Enugu,
|LL.B. (Honours)||University of Nigeria, Nsukka||1986|
|B.L. (Barrister at Law)||Nigerian Law School||1987|
|Master’s degree in international relations||The Fletcher School||1992|
|PhD International Relations||London School of Economics (LSE)||2005.|
|International Certificate in Risk Management||UK Institute of Risk Management in London.|
|Law and journalism/General Counsel||Newswatch Communications Ltd., Lagos,|
|Prolific contributor||opinion pages of The Guardian newspaper|
|Special Correspondent||Africa News Service|
|Chief Strategist||Sogato Strategies, Switzerland and Nigeria.|
|Legal Advisor and the Spokesman||United Nations International Tribunal for Rwanda at Arusha, Tanzania||1997-2002|
|Political Advisor||United Nations||1992-1997|
|Country Risk Analyst||Political Risk Services (PRS) Group, Inc., USA,||1992,|
|Research Assistant||Global Political Economy Program at The Fletcher School, Tufts University|
|Deputy Governor||Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)||2009 – 2014|
Kingsley Moghalu announced his entry into partisan politics in Nigeria on February 28, 2018. His vision is to lead Nigeria’s transformation through a modern, 21st-century presidency. He announced his intention to run for the office of the President of Nigeria under the Young Progressives Party. He ultimately lost the election to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari who was re-elected, Moghalu’s candidacy is credited with altering Nigeria’s political narrative in the direction of reform. In October 2019, Moghalu resigned his membership of the YPP. In October 2021 he announced his decision to join the African Democratic Congress (ADC) to pursue his presidential ambition in 2023.
Awards & Honours
Joan Gillespie Fellowship Award at The Fletcher School.
Nigerian national honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON),
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB)
Rotary International Distinguished Service Award.
In 2005 Kingsley Moghalu founded the Isaac Moghalu Foundation (IMoF) in memory of his deceased father. The foundation is focused on literacy promotion, education, skills and leadership training.
Moghalu’s tenure at the CBN included the introduction of non-interest (Islamic) banking. This policy generated strong political controversy. Moghalu defended the decision to introduce Islamic banking explaining that this was one of several measures to expand financial inclusion and not, as many Christians in a country with strong sectarian tensions erroneously believed, an Islamization agenda.
In early 2014, a disagreement of principle led to a temporary rupture in Moghalu’s relationship with his former boss Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Sanusi had alleged a $20 billion fraud at the country’s publicly owned oil corporation. Moghalu disagreed with the manner in which his erstwhile superior handled the sensitive controversy. He expressed frustration that Sanusi had overstepped his role as the head of the central bank and crossed into political activism, but emphasized his support for Sanusi’s leadership in monetary policy.