Washington, DC, February 11, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The Foundation for a World in Transition, Inc. is proud to announce, the appointment as Distinguished Senior Fellow and Head of its Africa Program of The Hon. Amara Essy, former Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ivory Coast, former General Secretary of the Organization of the African Unity and Interim Chairman of the African Union, and President of the 49th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Amara Essy served as Interim Chairman of the Commission of the African Union from 2002 to 2003, and as Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) from 2001 to 2002 with the task of leading the OAU's transformation into the African Union over the course of one year.
He served as Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ivory Coast from 1998 to 2000.
He went to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 1998, and while in that position as President of the 49th session of the United Nations General Assembly from 1994 to 1995.
He was the Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire to the United Nations from 1981 to 1990, and he served as President of the United Nations Security Council in January 1990.
Louis-Lyonel Voiron, President of the Foundation for a World in Transition, commented on the appointment of The Hon. Amara Essy: “The Foundation for a World in Transition is thrilled to benefit from Amara Essy's unparalleled policy and diplomatic experience and from his considerable network of relationships built throughout the continent over a lifetime. We very much look forward to his leadership of our Africa Program.”
The Hon. Amara Essy declared: “I am glad to contribute my experience of diplomacy and public engagement to the Foundation for a World in Transition. I look forward to working with the fellowship team of its AfricaProgram and to advancing the understanding of the opportunities presented by Africa and of the challenges faced by the continent in the 21st century.”
The Foundation for a World in Transition is a Washington DC-based non-profit, non-partisan membership organization, whose goal is to help current and future decision-makers remain a step ahead of the challenges of our time and shape the future.