H.E. President Joaquim Chissano was the Chairperson of the International Board of Trustees of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) from June 8, 2012 until November 20, 2014. He succeeded Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, who served as a Chairperson from 2003 to 2012.

Prior to that, H.E. Joaquim Chissano has long been at the forefront of Mozambican political life. He was Prime Minister of the transitional government  that  led  up  to  independence  in  1975,  and  thereafter  was

Minister for Foreign Affairs under independent Mozambique's first President, Samora Machel. He served as the second President of Mozambique from 1986 to 2005, and devoted himself to restoring peace and stability in his country.

Since stepping down as President, H.E. Joaquim Chissano has become an elder statesman and is called upon by international bodies, such as the United Nations, to be an envoy or negotiator. He currently chairs the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and the Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government.

In 2007, he was awarded the inaugural Prize for Achievement in African Leadership by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim served as the first Chairman of The International Board of Trustees for about nine years, from September 2003 to June 2012.

He held public office in his country, the United Republic of Tanzania, where he served in various capacities for 27 years. He was Prime Minister in 1984- 1985 and then served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and National Service from 1985 until his election to the helm of the General Secretariat of the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) on 27 July 1989. Dr

Salim concluded his term of office as Secretary General of the OAU in September 2001 after serving an unprecedented three terms covering a period of twelve years.

Dr Salim has functions and responsibilities in many other organisations at national, continental and international levels. He has also served  in  the United  Nations (UN), where he was elected  as the President of the UN Security Council in January 1976 and went on to serve as the President of the Thirty- Fourth Session of the UN General Assembly in September 1979.

He holds six Doctorates including: Doctor of Laws, the University of Philippines at Los Baños (1980), Doctor of Humanities, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria (1983), Doctor of Civil Law, University of Mauritius (1991), Doctor of Arts in International Affairs, University of Khartoum, Sudan (1995), Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations, University of Bologna, Italy (1996), and Doctor of Laws, University of Cape Town, South Africa (1998).

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