President of Guinea
Term: Nov. 7th 2010 – Present
Biography of the President
Born March 4, 1938 in Boké, a town 300 kilometers from Conakry, in Lower Guinea, Professor Alpha Condé is the first democratically elected president in the history of the Republic of Guinea. After the pluralist elections of the month of June 27, 2010, whose second round took place in November 2010, under the presence of the international community, through an International Contact Group set up during the period of the military transition installed after the passing away of President Lansana Conte in 2008.
University graduate of the Faculty of Law of the Sorbonne and the Institute of Political Studies of Paris, he began with a career as a professor of public law at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Arrived in France at the end of the 1950s, where a family decision sent him to study in the south of France, the future student passionate about politics, quickly became a great figure of the African student world, at the head of the powerful Feanf (Federation of students of black Africa in France), crucible of the future African elite post independence. A politician, the author of “Guinea, Albania of Africa, or American neo-colony” remained a staunch supporter of the African cause and the struggle for democracy on the African continent and in his country. This will earn him a death sentence in absentia of the former regime of President Ahmed Sekou Toure, after the disembarkation of 22 November 1970 in Conakry attributed to armed Guinean opponents, financed and supported by Portugal.
Educated at the Center’s primary school in Conakry, and then at the Fathers’ Seminary in Dixinn, Alpha Condé and his brothers and sisters are deserving students whom their parents encourage in the pursuit of high school education abroad. At the age of 15, he left, with his brevet, in France, student in second class at Lycée Gambetta (Pierre de Ferrat) of Toulouse. Then he continued his studies in Louviers where his father’s relations entrusted him to the mayor Pierre Mendès France, the future president of the council, who became his tutor during the two years of his first year classes and the first part of the baccalaureate. He then spent his baccalaureate in Paris at the Lycée Turgot where he befriended Bernard Kouchner, future French Minister of Foreign Affairs. A young bachelor enrolled at the Sorbonne, Condé earned a degree in sociology before taking the entrance examination at the IEP: Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po / public service section) in 1963. Before successively obtaining: a Diploma of Higher Education (DES), Doctor of State in public law at the Faculty of Law of Paris, Pantheon. The professional career of Alpha Condé begins as a teacher: giving courses at the Faculty of Law and Economics (Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne) and at the École supérieure des P.T.T. (Post, Telephone, Telecommunications).
At the same time, he is an activist in the Union of Higher Education (SNESUP) and holds the position of Head of the Association of Guinean Students in France (AEGF), Head of the Federation of African Students. Black in France (FEANF) where he is, from 1967 to 1975, the coordinator of the leadership of the African National Groups (GN), who oversee the activities of the leadership of the FEANF. After assuming the presidency in 1963. It is within the FEANF that he develops his leadership and his influence among African executives from all over French-speaking Africa .. Most of the FEANF peers have important responsibilities once back in their respective countries and remain important allies in the African network of Alpha Condé. During his years outside Guinea, Alpha Condé, for 10 years, taught law courses at the Sorbonne. Subsequently, he held several senior executive positions in international trading. After taking leave from teaching in 1977, the future leader of the RPG went to join the international trading company “Sucres et Denrées” as Head of Africa.
The position allows him to significantly expand the presence and influence of the group on the continent by creating several subsidiaries (Ivory Coast, Congo, Cameroon, Burundi etc.). In 1985, he created AFRICONSULT, an office of economic and financial studies, of which he is the Director General until 2001. He offers economic, financial and social advice to African governments, to international companies wishing to work in Africa and on behalf of international institutions such as the United Nations. The company carries out studies for the UN, for private companies and governments (especially in Congo). Alpha Condé is also commissioned as a consultant in the settlement of political conflicts with several heads of state of the region.
Translated from: www.presidence.gov.gn