Participating Members

Joaquim Chissano

President of Mozambique
(1986-2005)

Mr. Chissano was Mozambique’s second President since its independence in 1975 – a process in which he played an active role as Prime Minister of the transitional government. He was elected President after Samora Machel’s death. In 1994 he won the first multiparty elections in the country and was re-elected in 1999. He served as Chairman of the African Union from July 2003 to July 2004, and President of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Committee for Cooperation in Political Affairs, Defence and Security. He is currently Chairperson of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and the Africa Forum as well as member of The Hunger Project (Board of Director), the Africa Statesmen’s Initiative and the Nelson Mandela Institution (for Science and Technology). Most recently, he was appointed the SADC mediator on Madagascar.

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