Ambassador Usman Sarki is a Career Diplomat who joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in August 1982 after graduating from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria, in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science. He attended the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy in 1984 and then went on to do a Post-graduate course in International Law at the University of Lagos in 1985.
Ambassador Sarki began his Foreign Service career as Third Secretary in the Nigerian High Commission, Canberra, Australia, where he served from 1986 to 1990. He returned to Headquarters and served in the Administration Department as Staff Officer between 1990 and 1994. He also served as Personal Assistant to the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1994. He was posted to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1994 as Pilgrims Liaison Officer in charge of the Nigerian Hajj Annex. He returned to headquarters in 1997 and in 2002 he was posted to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, as Senior Counsellor and rose to the rank of Minister. He covered various schedules in the Mission including human rights, intellectual property, labour matters, etc.
In 2006 he joined the Permanent Secretariat of the African Union (AU) to the United Nations in Geneva as Minister Plenipotentiary, and in 2007 he was seconded to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as Consultant in the newly established Development Agenda Coordination Division. He returned to Headquarters in November 2011 and was appointed Director, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2012, he was appointed Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, New York where he assumed duty on Monday, 16th July, 2012.
Ambassador Sarki is married with children.