Posted by: APO | 9 April 2008


The Africa Commission

Commission on Effective Development Cooperation with Africa




Chairman of the Commission

Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Chairman, Denmark)

Danish Prime Minister and Chairman of the Africa Commission. Mr. Fogh Rasmussen is leader of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and heads a centre-right coalition of his Liberal Party and the Conservative People’s Party, which took office in 2001. Mr. Fogh Rasmussen has been a Member of Parliament since 1978 and has served as Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister for Taxation.


Member of the Commission (alphabetically)


Dr. Christian Friis Bach (Denmark)

International Director of DanChurchAid since 2005. Until 2005 Mr. Friis Bach worked as an independent adviser, author and lecturer and served as Associate Professor of International and Development Economics. Furthermore Mr. Friis Bach has participated in assignments for International Trade Division of the World Bank, Washington, and until 2005 he held a voluntary position as Chairman of Danish Association for International Co-operation. Beside a background in journalism, Mr. Friis Bach holds a Master’s degree in Agronomy and a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Royal Danish Agricultural University.


Mr. Klaus Aagaard Bustrup (Denmark)

A member of the Danish Board for International Development Cooperation since 1990, Mr. Bustrup was announced Chairman in the early 2008. Prior to this position Mr. Bustrup held the position as Vice Director and Director of the Danish Council for Agriculture. He holds several board member posts, including in the humanitarian organization CARE Denmark.


Dr. Robert Calderisi (Canada)

Economic consultant, teacher and writer. Mr. Calderisi has served at the World Bank in Washington DC in a wide range of positions including as Country Director for Central Africa, World Bank Spokesman for Africa, Manager in the Institutional Change and Strategy Department and as Chief of the World Bank Regional Mission in Western Africa. Mr. Calderisi has published several books, amongst these: “The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working” and most recently “Faith in Development: Partnership between the World Bank and the Churches of Africa”.


Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas (Ghana)

President of ECOWAS. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana has served as President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) since February 2002. Prior to his election, Dr. Chambas was a Member of Parliament of Ghana and held various positions, namely Deputy Foreign Minister, Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee amongst others. Mr. Chambas holds degrees in Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon (B. A. 1973) and Cornell University, Ithaca New York (M. A. 1977; PhD 1980) and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio (J. D. 1984).


Ms. Luísa Dias Diogo (Mozambique)

Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique since February 2004. Ms. Diogo represents the party FRELIMO, which has led the Government of Mozambique since independence in 1975. Prior to her nomination as the first female Prime Minister of Mozambique Ms. Diogo served as Minister of Planning and Finance (1994-2005). With a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 1992, Ms. Diogo worked in Mozambique’s Ministry of Finance as Deputy Finance Minister.


Mr. Mo Ibrahim (Sudan)

Founder of Celtel and member of the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Dr Mo Ibrahim is an expert in mobile communications and the founder of mobile communication giant Celtel, which operates mobile networks in 16 African countries. Mr. Ibrahim administrates the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an initiative aimed at recognizing achievement in African leadership and stimulating debate on good governance across sub-Saharan Africa and the world. Dr Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Ltd, an investment company focused on opportunities in Africa.


Donald Kaberuka (Rwanda)

President of the African Development Bank. Dr. Donald Kaberuka of Rwanda has served as President of the African Development Bank since 2005. Prior to this, Dr. Kaberuka served as Minister of Finance and Economic Planning for 7 years in his native Rwanda, where he oversaw the implementation of major reforms. Before joining the Government, Dr. Kaberuka worked in banking and international trade. Dr. Kaberuka has an educational background in economy and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow.


President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (Tanzania)

President of the United Republic of Tanzania since 2005. After a career in the Tanzanian military lieutenant colonel Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete was nominated Member of Parliament in 1988. During his political career Mr. Kikwete has held the positions as Minister for Energy and Minerals and Water Developments, Minister of Finance and, until the 2005 presidential election, Minister for Foreign Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.


Ms. Betty Maina (Kenya)

Ms. Betty Maina is the Executive Director of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) an umbrella organization for the Kenyan manufacturers. Before joining she worked as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Economic Affairs, an independent policy think-tank. Ms. Maina has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (UNCHS/HABITAT), Shelter Afrique and other organisations.


Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzania)

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania took office as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 February 2007. Before joining the UN, Dr. Migiro was Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the United Republic of Tanzania (from 2006-2007) and as Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children. Prior to Government service, Dr. Migiro was senior lecturer and Head of Department at the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar-es-Salaam. Dr. Migiro has also served as a member of Tanzania’s Law Reform Commission in 1997 and as a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2000.


Dr. Greg Mills (South Africa)

Director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation established in 2005 by the Oppenheimer family to develop strategies for improved economic performance in Africa. Mr. Mills has taught at the Universities of the Western Cape and Cape Town, and was the National Director of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) from 1996-2005 and SAIIA Director of Studies from 1994-96. A recipient of numerous international distinctions, awards and fellowships, Mr. Mills serves on various international boards and is a member of the Council of the Royal United Services Institute based in London. Furthermore Mr. Mills is the author of more than 25 books and several hundred articles in local and international journals and newspapers.


Dr. Lauritz Holm-Nielsen (Denmark)

Dr. Lauritz Holm-Nielsen has been Rector at the University of Aarhus since 2005. Prior to this Dr. Nielsen served as Lead Higher Education Specialist for the World Bank (1993-2005). With an educational background in Botany, Mr. Nielsen was Associate Professor and, until 1993, President of the Danish Research Academy. Dr. Nielsen holds a range of Vice-Chairmen and Chairman positions, inter alia in the Danish Research Commission, Danish Rectors Conference and of the Nordic Universities Association. During his academic career Dr. Nielsen has published numerous research publications.


Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria)

Managing Director of the World Bank since 2007. Ms. Okonjo-Iweala served as Nigerian Minister of Finance from 2003 until her appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs in June 2006. Prior to her ministerial career in Nigeria, Ms. Okonjo-Iweala was Vice-President and Corporate Secretary of the World Bank Group. She holds a Master Degree from Harvard University (1977) and a Ph.D. in Regional Economics and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Additionally Ms. Okonjo-Iweala is on the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute and has the founded the Nigerian NGO NOI Global Consulting, which collaborates with Gallup Organization on representing the Nigerian public opinion on social and economic issues.


Mr. Jean Ping (Gabon)

Mr. Jean Ping of Gabon was elected Chairman of the Commission of the African Union in February 2008. Mr. Ping has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and la Francophonie of the Gabonese Republic since 1999, prior to which he held a variety of positions at the ministerial level, including as Minister of Planning, Environment and Tourism. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1996. In 2005 Mr. Ping served as President of the fifty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly.


Ms. Ulla Tørnæs (Denmark)

Minister for Danish Development Cooperation (Danida) since 2005 and member of the Danish Parliament for the Liberal Party since 1994. Prior to serving as Minister for Development Cooperation Ms. Tørnæs was Minister of Education. During her political career Ms. Tørnæs has been spokesperson for the Liberal Party in Parliament, member of the Committee of the Liberal Parliamentary Party and the National Committee of the Liberal party as well as Vice-president of the National Committee of the Liberal Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth.



Mr. Koen Vervaeke (Belgium)

European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Commission Delegation to the African Union. During his diplomatic career Mr. Vervaeke has held a wide range of positions within the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as a political counsellor at the Belgian embassies in Bujumbura and Tunis and most recently as Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region. In the General Secretariat of the EU Council, Mr. Vervaeke was Head of the Africa Unit and served as advisor to the EU Secretary General/High Representative on African affairs.


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