Council Members

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat


H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat was appointed as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission during the AU Summit in January 2017 held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has a deep passion for Africa’s development, especially the development of the continent’s youth and works tirelessly to implement the Aspirations of Agenda2063, a Prosperous Africa that is at Peace with itself.

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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.

Dr Chris Kirubi : Kenya

Dr Chris Kirubi


Chris Kirubi is a Kenyan businessman, entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist. He is a Director at Centum Investment Company Limited, a business conglomerate, in which he is the largest individual shareholder. He was born in 1941.

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Chris Kirubi is the chairman and a shareholder of Haco Tiger Brands (a joint venture with Tiger Brands SA, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange). He is also CEO of Capital FM and holds large equity stakes in Nairobi Stock Exchange listed Investment firm, Centum, UAP Insurance and the Kenyan franchise of DHL. Furthermore, he is a shareholder in Nairobi Bottlers, a bottling franchise for Coca-Cola.

Professor Alpha  Oumar Konaré : Mali

Professor Alpha Oumar Konaré


Professor Alpha Oumar Konaré served as president of Mali from 1992 to 2002. At the end of his second term as Malian president, Konaré went on to chair the African Union Commission from 2003
until 2008.

Dr Amany Asfour : Egypt

Dr Amany Asfour


Dr Amany Asfour is a medical doctor and entrepreneur who has contributed immensely to the empowerment of women in business during her career. She is the president of the Egyptian Business Women Association.

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Dr Asfour is a proponent for women empowerment in Africa and across the globe.

Asfour graduated from Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University and had her Master Degree & M.D. degree in Pediatrics. In her academic career, she was a lecturer of Pediatrics at the National Research Center of Egypt. She joined the private sector whilst studying medicine and within a few years was able to establish her Medical equipment company which boasts more than 30 brands of medical equipment. She soon she realized the importance of creating an organization that economically empowers women and youth through the promotion of entrepreneurship. To realise that, she established the Egyptian Business Women’s Association with the objective of promoting a generation of young entrepreneurs and also guiding women business owners of Small & Medium enterprises.

Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo : Zimbabwe

Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo


Author, researcher and thought leader, Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo is the chief executive of the Southern African Trust, an organisation that supports deeper policy engagements in regional integration.

Most Honourable PJ Patterson : Jamaica

Most Honourable PJ Patterson


Most Honourable PJ Patterson is a former prime minister of Jamaica. He served an unprecedented four terms, from 1992 until 2006. He is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation.

Dr Clément  Mouamba : Republic of  the Congo

Dr Clément Mouamba

Republic of the Congo

Dr Clément Mouamba is the prime minister of the Republic of the Congo. Mouamba is a former finance minister, having served from 1992 until 1993.

André Pienaar : South Africa

André Pienaar

South Africa

André Pienaar is a technology investor and an entrepreneur. As the Founder of C5, a specialist technology investment group, he serves on the boards of some of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He previously served as a Managing Director of Kroll Inc in London.

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Pienaar founded the Good Governance Group, a global risk consulting firm, with offices in London, New York and Berlin, which he sold in 2011.

He serves as a trustee of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), which helps to train game rangers across Africa. He serves as a member of the Foreign Policy Council of the Brookings Institute and the International Advisory Council of the US Institute for Peace (USIP).

Pienaar was admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He holds two law degrees from Nelson Mandela University-B. Iuris (Cum Laude) and LLB. He obtained a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (Cum Laude). He is a regular public speaker at technology conferences worldwide.


AMB Carl Masters : Jamaica

AMB Carl Masters


Goodwill Ambassador Carl Masters is a Jamaican businessman and co-founder of GoodWorks International - a global agency dedicated to economic development of Africa and the Caribbean. Ambassador Masters mobilises resources on behalf of the AU Foundation.