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Kamissa Camara

Building political bridges

with Africa


Kamissa Camara is currently Director of External Affairs and Africa Policy at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and Senior Visiting Expert for the Sahel at the United States Institute of Peace

Until August 2020, she was Minister, Chief of Staff to the President of Mali, after holding the positions of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Minister of Digital Economy and Planning of Mali.

An expert in African politics with a focus on the Sahel and West Africa, she is the founder of the Sahel Strategy Forum (SSF), a platform that aims to enlighten public opinion on the complexities of governance in the Sahel region, making various voices heard from the ground to the United States.

Born and raised in France by Malian parents, Kamissa Camara studied in France, before going on to pursue an international politics career in the United States.

For years, African politics, democracy, security and good governance were the essence of her work, reflections and publications. Kamissa Camara helped the West understand African politics by building political and intellectual bridges between sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the United States. Her great contribution, helped to enrich the foreign policy of Western countries with African accents.

She regularly participated as guest speaker on panels at the U.S. Congress, American, French and African think tanks and universities. She was also a regular guest on TV and radio programs, which include but are not limited to CNN, Aljazeera, BBC Africa (radio and TV programs), Voice of America (French and English TV), I24News, France24, TV5, TRT World, RFI, etc.

Kamissa Camara holds a Master's degree in International Development Economics from Pierre Mendès France University (Grenoble, France) and a B.A. in English and German applied to International Relations from Denis Diderot University (Paris, France). She also obtained a certificate of studies at the School of International Studies & Politics (HEI - HEP) of Paris. 


Background overview

2019 - 2020

Chief of Staff to the President of Mali

Before: Minister of Digital Economy and Planning of Mali

2018 - 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali

Before: Diplomatic Advisor to the Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

2017 - 2018

Africa Director at PartnersGlobal

Fellow at the Center for African Studies (CAS) of Harvard University


Sahel Advisor on Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign

2014 - 2017

Founding and animation of the 
Sahel Strategy Forum (SSF)

2013 - 2018

Sub-saharan Africa and West Africa / Sahel Course coordinator at the Foreign Service Institute American State Department

2012 - 2017

Senior Program Officer for West & Central Africa at the National Endowment for Democraty (NED)

2008 - 2012

Program officer for West Africa at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)


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