Education & Early Career
After his secondary education at Eziama High School, Aba, Government College, Umuahia, and Federal Government College, Enugu, Chiedu obtained a degree in law at theUniversity of Nigeria, Nsukka and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. Nation Youth Service under the National Youth Service Corps as a Legal Officer atShell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Ltd in Lagos followed. So did a subsequent three-year stint that combined law and journalism as General Counsel of Newswatch, the leading newsmagazine in Nigeria at the time, a prolific contributor to the opinion pages of The Guardian newspaper, and a special correspondent in Nigeria for several US and European newspapers including Africa News Service (forerunner of AllAfrica Global Media), South, and the Christian Science Monitor.
Chiedu left Nigeria again in 1991 for his post-graduate education at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, turning down an offer from a friend to remain in Nigeria and become the company secretary of a new generation bank that was being set up in Lagos. His sights were set squarely on a loftier dream, one that called for delayed gratification. That goal was a career in the United Nations. Moghalu was awarded the Joan Gillespie Fellowship at The Fletcher School. He obtained a master’s degree in international relations from there in 1992.Chiedu had deferred his plan to study for a Ph.D. when he was appointed into the UN after his master’s degree in 1992. A decade later, he returned to his quest for knowledge. By now a senior officer in the UN system in Geneva, he enrolled and studied part-time and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in international relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2005. Chiedu completed his 450-page doctoral dissertation in a record-breaking 12 months and his overall degree in 18 months.Immediately after this, he studied for and obtained the International Certificate in Risk Management at the UK Institute of Risk Management in London.Later, he received further education in macroeconomics, financial policy, and corporate governance atHarvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Institute
Armed with interdisciplinary knowledge in international economics, international law and diplomacy, and a global network of contacts, Chiedu was ready to play on the world stage. He was appointed into the UN Secretariat in 1992 by then Secretary-General Boutros-Boutros Ghali on the basis of individual merit. In the UN, Moghalu worked hard and rose through the ranks from entry level Associate Officer to the highest career rank of Director. Along the way, he handled legal, strategic planning and executive management assignments at UN Headquarters in New York and in Cambodia, Croatia, Tanzania, and Switzerland.
In 2006, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Moghalu as one of five members of the high-level Redesign Panel on the UN Internal Justice System that overhauled the regulatory compliance, accountability, and dispute resolution framework that governs the global workforce of the UN.This was a core aspect of UN management reform. This six-month special assignment was at the nominal level of Under-Secretary-General, the highest political rank in the UN below the Secretary-General.
|Professor Moghalu is married to Mrs. Maryanne Moghalu, a lawyer and social entrepreneur, who is the Executive Director of the Isaac Moghalu Foundation that the Moghalu family established in 2005 in memory of the family patriarch Isaac Moghalu. IMOF supports educational institutions and disadvantaged children and youth with educational infrastructure such as libraries as well as scholarships. The Foundation was inaugurated at Nnewi in December 2005 by Gen. Yakubu Gowon, a former Head of State of Nigeria. Kingsley and Maryanne Moghalu have four children.
Prof. Moghalu has four siblings: Nancy Ijeoma Ijemere is a Senior Information Technology Specialist and holds a Master of Science in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University; Chris Moghalu, educated at Howard University, is a security expert and previously served in the US Army Military Intelligence; Robert Odi Moghalu is a US High School educator who is also an author of three books; and Chikezie Moghalu, a petroleum engineer with Chevron Corporation, and who holds a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.
He said he needed a party with an ideology that matches his and a structure across the country that when developed will be a good platform to win as he is in the race to win.
“I joined them (YPP) with a view to becoming their candidate and a flag bearer of the party. I wanted to be a part of a democratic movement not a polity of greed and settlement.
Femi Aribisala has this to say about Prof Kingsley Moghalu
‘ He is our very own Emmanuel Macron,a man destined to change the course of Nigeria’s political landscape.Of those who have expressed interest in seeking our vote, one man stands head and shoulders above the rest. That man is Professor Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu.Moghalu has what it takes to be Nigeria’s next president. He is experienced, but not antediluvian. He is young but not naïve. He is not a lackey of the old guard but not abhorrent to them. He has both a national and an international pedigree. Moreover, he is a visionary, very intelligent and highly driven. With Moghalu’s election as president, certain problems that have bedeviled us of recent will be things of the past. With President Moghalu, there will be no more apologetics for the murderous onslaughts of Fulani herdsmen. As a matter of fact, one of his cardinal policies is to increase the Nigeria Police from its measly 350,000 strength to 1.5 million.With President Moghalu, there will be no more agitation for the dismemberment of Nigeria. Instead, his very election will heal our wounds and calm frayed nerves. What he proposes is a return to “true federalism.” Says Moghalu: “The political and constitutional structure of Nigeria affects its economic management, in our case in a very negative manner because the potential productivity of the country’s component regions and states is suppressed by the rent-seeking politics to control absolute power at the center and dispense patronage. This is part of why constitutional restructuring for a true federalism is essential.”With President Moghalu, politics will not overshadow policy. Quoting John F. Kennedy, Moghalu insists: “Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.” He says: “It is time to act on the reality that Nigeria will not achieve economic development and transformation on the current trajectory of its politics. The present political leadership class simply does not have the skills and the background that are fit for purpose. Technocratically competent and visionary political leaders are what it will take to reposition the Nigerian economy for sustainable growth and transformation.”