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Kamissa Camara

Minister of Foreign Affairs


Kamissa Camara has been Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali since September 9, 2018, after having been the Diplomatic Advisor to the Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
An expert in African politics with a focus on the Sahel and West Africa, she is the founder of the Sahel Strategy Forum (SSF), a platform that aims at enlightening public opinion on the complexities of governance in the Sahel region, making various voices heard from the ground to the United States.

Born and raised in France by Malian parents, Kamissa Camara studied in France, before going on to pursue an international politics career in the United States.

For years, African politics, democracy, security and good governance were the essence of her work, reflections and publications.
Kamissa Camara helped West countries understand African politics, by political building and intellectual bridges between sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the United States.
Her great contribution helped to enrich the foreign policy of Western countries with African accents.

Kamissa Camara holds a master’s degree in International Development Economics from Pierre Mendes France University (Grenoble, France) and a Master's degree in Applied Foreign Languages from Denis Diderot University (Paris, France). She also obtained a certificate of studies at the School of International Studies & Politics.

2018 – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali. Before: Diplomatic Advisor to the Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
2017-2018 African Director at PartnersGlobal
2017 – Fellow at the Center for African Studies (CAS) of Harvard University
2016 – Sahel Advisor on the Hillary Clinton´s Presidential campaign
2014 – Founding of the Sahel Stragey Forum (SSF)
2013-2018 – Sub-Saharan Africa and West Africa / Sahel Course Coordinator at the Foreign Service Institute
2012-2017 Service Program Officer for West & Central Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
2008-2012 – Program Officer for West Africa at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)