Biographical Note of His Excellency The Ambassador:
His Excellency Paul Goa Zoumanigui has been Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland since November 8, 2013. He presented his Letters of Credence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on March 11, 2014. He is also accredited to the Republic of Ireland and to Iceland. On January 20, 2015, he presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. On 05 March 2015, he also presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland.
After his studies at Gamal Abdel Nasser University in Conakry (Sociology option), his Excellency started working to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he went up to the rank of Head of Division of Ceremonial and Official Visits. In 1995, he was posted to Canada as Deputy Ambassador. In 1997, he joined the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Guinea to the United Nations in New York, initially as Counselor for Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs, and subsequently took charge of Political issues, which included disarmament and peacekeeping issues. Finally, he served as Minister-Counselor, thus assuming the role of Deputy Ambassador. Consequently, he was responsible for the coordination of the activities and operation of the mission under the supervision of the Ambassador, Permanent Representative.
In his various functions at the Permanent Mission, His Excellency worked, among others, in the C34 (Peacekeeping Committee), in the Security Council (2002-2003 when Guinea was a non-permanent member of that Organ). In this context, he was a member of the mission of the Council in Kosovo and in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He worked also in various commissions and committees of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the Commission on Human Rights before it became the Human Rights Council. He also worked on the boards of UNDP and UNICEF. In 2001, he was a Vice-Chairman of the UNICEF Executive Board and, as such, represented Africa on the Board. In this context, he carried out missions to Romania and Moldova.
In 2009, following the seizure of power by the National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD), he was called by the new authorities to assume functions of first political and diplomatic Adviser of the President of the Republic.
In 2010, he took a temporary leave of absence. Following tests, he was admitted to two posts at the United Nations; The first as a Humanitarian Advisor to the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), and second as Senior Political Affairs Officer (SPAO) in the Department of Political Affairs in New York. He choose the second post. In August 2010, he was deployed to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in Libreville, with the tasks, amongst others, of (1) working with ECCAS to strengthen its capacity for peace, security and stability in the sub region, and (2) to work with the leaders of the sub region to contribute to the opening of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). The office, which covers 11 countries, was created on 1 January 2011 and inaugurated on 2 March of the same year. Upon the establishment of UNOCA, His Excellency served as SPAO and Head of the Political Section. He served also as Secretary of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC).
Following the conflict in the Central African Republic in December 2012, he was deployed to the United Nations Integrated Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA). In this capacity, he participated in the peace negotiations that culminated to the Libreville Agreements in January 2013. He continued to work with ECCAS, in particular with the Peace and Security Council of Central Africa (COPAX), as well as with the Central African Peacekeeping Force (FOMAC).
In June 2013, His Excellency Professor Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, granted his confidence to Mr. Zoumanigui by appointing him Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Iceland.
Since his appointment, His Excellency Zoumanigui has set himself the following priorities: to improve the structure and functioning of the Embassy, to strengthen the cooperation between the Republic of Guinea and the official and private partners in the countries under the jurisdiction of the Embassy, to promote and strengthen the co-operation between the Embassy and the Guinean nationals in the accredited countries.
With regard degrees to education His Excellency, the Ambassador, holds a:
– Master’s degree in Sociology (Gamal Abdel Nasser University) -Conakry-;
– Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in International Relations and Diplomacy, Center for Foreign Relations, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania;
– Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy, University of Keele -Staddforshire (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland);
– Diploma in International Relations and Economic Cooperation, German Foundation for International Development (DSE), Berlin, Germany;
– He also holds several other certificates and certificates, as part of continuing education programs, particularly in the area of negotiation, mediation, peacemaking and peacekeeping.
1 -“Ethnic Cosmopolitanism, and cultural mixing in the urban centre of Macenta” –Dissertation, Master’s degree (sociology) -University of Conakry- Guinea, 1986-
2-“Regional integration in West Africa: A case study of ECOWAS” –Dissertation, Post Graduate Diploma -P.G.D-, International Relations and Diplomacy-, Dar Es Salaam-Tanzania- 1989.
3-“Lomé Conventions: A case study of Lomé I” –Dissertation, Master’s Degree (Diplomatic and International Studies) University of Keele -Stoke on Trent- Staffordshire, England 1992-.
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