Her Excellency Mrs. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO
Born on 18th November 1954 at Azare, Nigeria, Her Excellency Mrs. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum studied in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and a Graduate Certificate in Education at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1976, a Masters in Administration and Planning at the University of Lagos in 1985, as well as a Certificate in Social Development Policy, Planning and Practice at the University College, London, in 1999.
She started her professional career with her National Youth Service, at the Water Board, Jos. From 1977 – 1981, she was a Senior Education Officer at the Federal Government College, Azare, and, from 1981 to 1984, served at the Federal Scholarship Board, Lagos.
She was posted to the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO from 1985 to 2000, where she rose to the position of Sector Secretary in the Social and Human Sciences Sector. From 2000 to 2001, she was appointed Director for Special Projects at the National Primary Education Commission in Abuja. In 2001, she became the Secretary General of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO and in 2006 was given the additional responsibility of supervising the National and International Partnerships Division of the Federal Ministry of Education. During this time, she worked closely with other agencies such as UNICEF, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), World Bank, UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), as well as national and international Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), NGOs and FBOs.
H.E. Mrs. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum, has been a member of many organizations and associations throughout her career, particularly, she was a member, representing the Federal Ministry of Education in the Governing Councils of the Kaduna Polytechnic, Federal University of Technology, Minna, the University of Lagos. She was also a member of the Inter-ministerial Committee for School Health, and the National Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage. She has attended a number of training workshops and seminars under the auspices of UNESCO and the World Bank in France, United Kingdom and Kenya. She was awarded a UNESCO Fellowship in 1999. H. E. Mrs Katagum has participated in many major international conferences in education.
She was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO on 1st June 2009 and assumed duty on 26th August 2009.