Ambassador’s Profile

Kayode Laro is a Nigerian diplomat. He has a BA degree in Geography from Ahmadu Bello University (1980) and an MA in Economic Development and Planning from the United Nations Institute for Economic Development (IDEP), Dakar, Senegal (1997).

His training at IDEP gave him an insight into the developmental challenges of African countries and how these challenges can be addressed.

During his career in the Nigerian Foreign Service spanning 35 years from December 1983 – December 2018, Mr. Laro served in various capacities at home and abroad giving him great exposure to global affairs.

Mr. Laro acquired skills in multilateral diplomacy through deployments to the Nigerian missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. These deployments enhanced his skills as a negotiator and gave him insights into how diplomacy can be used to promote peace, security and development across the world.

Mr. Laro is a Fellow of the Defence College (FDC) having attended Course 17 (2008/2009) at the highest tri-service military training institution in Nigeria, the National Defence College Nigeria.

Mr. Laro’s interests include golf, chess, environmental issues, development, security and global affairs.

After retirement from the Foreign Service, Mr. Laro joined an Abuja-based think-tank Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) as a Senior Analyst.

Mr. Laro was appointed by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as an Ambassador in July 2020 and assigned to France. He arrived in France on 15 May 2021 to assume duty as the Nigerian Ambassador to France, with concurrent accreditation to Monaco.