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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.

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.

Dr Salim Ahmed Salim served as the first Chairperson of The International Board of Trustees from September 2003 to June 2012.

Dr Salim 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).

Dr Assefa Bequele is the Founder and former Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). He is a Distinguished Fellow of ACPF. He has long years of service in the United Nations system (ILO, Geneva, Asia and Africa).

He has devoted most of his professional life to the promotion of the rights and welfare of children, especially the progressive elimination of child labour. He was responsible for many years for the design, development and management of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) – the world’s premier technical programme on child labour – and the development of the ILO’s Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (Convention No. 182).

Dr Assefa has extensive experience in university teaching in both Ethiopia and the USA and is the author of many publications and articles on child rights and economic development.

Dr Assefa holds a Ph.D. in Economics.