H.E. JoaquimChissano 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.