Founder / Owner
Founder of Edwin Clark University.
The Edwin Clark Foundation
The Edwin Clark Foundation established the Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo, Delta State, Nigeria in 2015 under the Chairmanship of Ambassador B. Akporode Clark, CON.
Ambassador Clark is a former Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations at New York, and former Ambassador to Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, and Ethiopia. Following his early retirement from the Nigerian Diplomat Service in 1984, he became a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars in Washington DC, USA. From there he was appointed by the United Nations as Special Representative of the Commissioner for Namibia and
posted to Lusaka, Zambia where he had responsibility for training and preparation of Namibians for independence. During this assignment, the Secretary General appointed him as a Special Representative in Rwanda and Angola. On the Eve of Namibia’s independence, he was again appointed as a Special Representative to investigate alleged violations of human rights by SWAPO. After the independence of Namibia, he was reassigned to the ECA from where he was posted to Niamey, Niger Republic in charge of Economic Operations between the members of West African States. He left the service of the United Nations in 1995, but the Commonwealth commissioned him to reorganize the Ministry Foreign Affairs of Swaziland and at the end of the civil war in Sierra Leone, he was also sent to reorganize the Foreign Ministry of that country. During that time, he was appointed a member of the Peace Academy in New York. Upon his retirement from the UN, he was appointed a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs in 1999 where he served until 2015.
He has been an active trustee and member of both the Council of Retired Federal Permanent Secretaries (CORFEPS) and the Association of Retired Career Ambassador of Nigeria (ARCAN). He has also been serving as the Chief Executive of the Yakubu Gowon Centre for International Peace and Development. He is a life member of the Institution of International Affairs, the Ikoyi Club 1938, and a member of the Metropolitan Club.