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H.E. Joaquim Chissano
Former President
Republic of Mosambique

His Excellency Joaquim Chissano became President of Mozambique in 1986, succeeding Samora Machel after having served as Minister of Foreign Affairs since the country’s independence in 1975. Prior to that, he became a founding member of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in Tanzania, where he played a vital role in the 1974 negotiations on the independence of Mozambique between FRELIMO and the Portuguese Government, taking office as prime minister of the transitional government. In 1994, he won the country’s first multiparty elections and was re-elected in 1999.  His Excellency served as President until 2004, with democratisation, consolidation and socio-economic reforms as his core policies.

His Excellency subsequently held many senior positions such as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Chairperson of the African Union and was appointed Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2005 Summit to Review the Implementation of the Millennium Declaration, as well as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Guinea-Bissau, and to the LRA-affected areas and as SADC Mediator for Madagascar from 2009 onwards. His Excellency also led the Comité des Sages deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is currently the Chairperson of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and of the Africa Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government. 

In addition, His Excellency is member of the board of the Peace Parks Foundation, Club of Madrid, The Hunger Project, and International Crisis Group. He is Goodwill Ambassador for CPLP and Global Partnership Initiative Youth Ambassador. President Chissano is also member of the Advisory Council of the World Food Prize Foundation, member of the High Level Taskforce for the Climate Services at the World Meteorology Organization, member of the UNCTAD Panel of Eminent Persons, member of the Advisory Panel for Global Development at the Melinda & Gates Foundation, and a member of the High-Level Taskforce for the International Conference on Population and Development. 
He has received the highest awards from many countries and has received several prizes, including the inaugural Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2007.