Former Assistant Secretary General - United Nations
Professor Ibrahima Fall of Senegal is a highly distinguished African diplomat, political leader, law expert and thinker. He has held prominent appointments in the United Nations, including from 2002 as the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region. Before this, he was Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the UN Headquarters, and also served as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Director of the UN Centre for Human Rights in Geneva from 1992 to 1997. He was Secretary-General of the UN World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in 1993.
Prior to this, in his home country of Senegal, Prof. Fall held the post of Minister for Higher Education and then Minister for Foreign Affairs. With a Ph.D in International Public Law from the University of Paris, along with a string of other academic certifications, he was at one point Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Economic Sciences at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. Prof. Fall has also published a number of works on international public law, constitutional law and political science. He took part in preparing the preliminary draft of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights of the OAU and is also a Founding Member and Honorary President of the Senegalese Association for African Unity. Prof. Fall has also served as a consultant and adviser for numerous other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Most recently, he was candidate for the Presidency of Senegal in 2012, which was won by the current Head of State H.E Macky Sall.