Mr Samuel Atud Nyambi was born in Bengang, Batibo Subdivision of the North-West Region of Cameroon, on the 11th August 1945, to late Pa Tita Nyambi and late Ma Lydia Adong.
After his primary education, he moved on to the Cameroon Protestant College (CPC) Bali where he completed 7 years of studies, graduating with GCE O&A levels. He was accepted in the school of public works Buea in the former West Cameroon where he trained as a surveyor, and from 1964 to 1965 he worked as a Survey Assistant.
From 1965-1966, he took up an English language teaching post with the Ministry of National Education in Cameroon. While a teacher, he was awarded a scholarship to study in Liberia, and from 1966-1969, he earned a BA (Cum Laude) in Economics from Cuttington University College, Liberia.
Returning home, he worked as a Planning Officer with the Ministry of Economic Development in Yaoundé, 1970 to 1972. He later joined the Peace Corps as Host Country National Representative and Recruiter, ACTION – Peace Corps/Vista, North East USA. He later enrolled at the North-Eastern University, Boston, USA, where he graduated with Masters in Development Economics.
His hard work, dedication and diligence saw him rise to prominence during his career. He held several positions in the UN system including:
- Associate Programme Officer, UNDP- United Nations Volunteer Program (UNV) in Zambia form 1975-1977;
- Chief of Section, UNV Program, Geneva from 1977-1983;
- Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Equatorial Guinea from 1983-1985;
- UNDP Interim Res. Rep. and UNDP Deputy Res. Rep. for Niger from 1985-1988;
- Deputy Director of Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (SEED/UNSO) at UNDP Headquarters in New York from 1988-1994;
- Director of UNDP – Office to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNSO) at the UNDP Headquarters in New York from 1994-1998;
- UN Resident Coordinator/ UNDP Res. Rep. for Ethiopia from 1998-2004;
- Coordinator and Chair of UN Regional Directors Team for Southern Africa (covering 10 countries) from 2004-2005;
- UNDP Regional Manager, (covering 22 countries) based in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2004-2007.
Samuel Nyambi distinguished himself through deeds and actions and was honoured with several awards and recognitions. A few of these can be mentioned here:
- WHO’S WHO WORLD WIDE (Award for Leadership and Achievements);
- UNDP honoured him for his Dedicated Service for Peace and Development, and Dedicated services in World Development;
- During the US President Clinton and Mrs Hillary Clinton’s first official visit to Africa, he was selected as one of five renowned African experts to meet them for a substantive face to face discussion on sustainable development challenges in Africa; and