H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardir; (born 13 September 1951) is a Dinka South Sudanese politician who has been President of South Sudan since its independence in 2011. Prior to independence, he was President of the Government of Southern Sudan, as well as First Vice President of Sudan, from 2005 to 2011.

In 2009, he was awarded an honorary degree from a Kenyan university. He was presented a certificate by the Vice Chancellor of the ‘Great Lakes University of Kisumu’.