Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is a Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania (2005 to 2015). He was previously Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Finance and Minister for Energy and Minerals between 1994 to 2005.
During and after his presidency, he has been instrumental in championing the global health agenda, particularly women’s and children’s health.
Dr Kikwete has served as the Co-Chair of the UN Commission of Information and Accountability on Women’s and Children’s Health; Chairperson of the United Nations High Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises; and Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).
Following his retirement, Dr Kikwete has remained actively engaged in the global health agenda, including being Co-Chair of the UN High Level Advisory Group on Every Woman Every Child; Member of the UN Lead Group on Scaling Up Nutrition and the Global Ambassador for Immunisation.
He is also a member of the International Education Commission for Financing Global Education Opportunity and African Union High Level Representative for Libya.