Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Agency. He was appointed to the position in January 2009.

A former Prime Minister of Niger, from 1997 to 2000, Dr. Mayaki has a Master' degree from the National School of Public Administration (Enap), Quebec, Canada and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris I, France. He worked as a Professor of Public Administration in Niger and Venezuela. From 1996 to 1997 he was appointed Minister in charge of African Integration and Cooperation and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger. In August 2000, he set up the Analysis Centre for Public Policy in Senegal. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Mayaki was a guest Professor at the University of Paris XI, where he lectured on international relations. He also led research at the Research Centre on Europe and the Contemporary World within that university. In 2004, he served as Executive Director of the Platform in support of Rural Development in West and Central Africa, the Rural Hub, based in Dakar, Senegal.

Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee

Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal

President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, is the Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State of Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC). In this position, President Sall spearheads the implementation of NEPAD programmes and projects through leadership and guidance.

He is a geological engineer and a geophysicist by profession trained at the Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) in Dakar and Ecole Nationale Superieure du Petrole et des Moteurs (IFP School) of the French Petroleum Institute (IFP) in Paris. He is a member of several national and international associations of Geologists and Geophysicists.

President Sall has held senior posts at both the executive and legislative levels in Senegal. He was a Special Adviser to the President of the Republic in charge of Energy and Mines from April 2000 to May 2001. From December 2000 to July 2001, President Sall was the CEO of Senegal Petroleum Corporation (PETROSEN).

He was also: • Minister of Mines, Energy and Water, from May 2001 to November 2002; • Minister of Mines, Energy, Water, Infrastructure and Transport, from October to November 2002; • Minister of State, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water, from November 2002 to August 2003; • Minister of State, Interior and Local Government Minister, Spokesman of the Government, from August 2003 to April 2004; • Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal from the 21 April 2004 to the 19June 2007, President Sall was elected President of the National Assembly on the 20June 2007.

He left the presidency of the National Assembly on 22 September, 2008, following the amendment to Article 62 of the Constitution to reduce from 5 to 1 year the term of President of this institution with immediate effect.

On 9 November 2008, Sall announced his resignation from the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and from all elected positions under this label. On the 1December 2008, he created his own political party, the Alliance for the Republic (APR-Yakaar).

Macky Sall was elected President of the Republic of Senegal on 25 March, 2012, and was sworn in on April 2, 2012 before the Constitutional Council.

Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Moussa Faki Mahamat

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, born on 21 June 1960, the Chadian Minister of Foreign Affair was elected as the new African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson. H.E. Mahamat speaks French, Arabic and English fluently and had occupied very senior positions with a thirty-year (30) experience. This lawyer was a Minister several times; he served as the director of Civil Cabinet of the President of the Republic, Prime Minister, Head of Government, and President of a Grand Institution of the Republic, namely; the Economic, Social and Cultural Council, where he had to carry out and manage major issues.

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat chaired the Security Council for the month of December 2015 and general debate on December 19, 2015 on the theme “threats international peace and security; cross-border terrorism and crime”. Furthermore, he also chaired the Peace and Security Council of the AU in September 2013 and steered the Nairobi Extraordinary Summit on the fight against Terrorism.  African’s peace and security issues has been at the heart of Mr. Mahamat’s activities and many other missions geared towards the wellbeing of Africa.

The Chairperson of the Commission is the Chief Executive Officer, legal representative of the AU and the AU Chairperson’s Chief Accounting Officer. He is directly responsible to Executive Council for the discharge of his duties.