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Former Managing Director - Ali S. Mchumo

Ambassador Ali S. Mchumo

CFC Managing Director 

2004 to 2012

Mr. Ali S. Mchumo took up his functions as CFC Managing Director on 1 September 2004.

Born in Kilwa, Tanzania on 5 May 1945.

Marital Status: Married

Nationality: Tanzanian

Education and Qualifications         

1991 – 1992     M.Sc  (Econ.) (Politics of the World Economy),  London School of Economics, University of London.

1990 – 1991     Research Associate on International Law,  International Christian University, Tokyo.

1966 – 1970     LLB (Bachelor of Laws) University of East Africa, Dar-es-Salaam.

2010                 Executive Education Course on “Leaders in Development”, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

2012                 Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania

Occupation and previous professional experience

2004 – 2012    Managing Director of the Common Fund for Commodities, Amsterdam

2002 – 2004    Deputy Secretary General (Finance and Administration), East African Community, Arusha

1995 – 2002     Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the UnitedNations, Geneva and Vienna.

1991 – 1995     High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Court of St. James, London and Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.

1988 – 1991     Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to Tokyo, Japan with concurrent accreditation to the Philippines and Australia.

1983 – 1988     Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Republic of Mozambique, with concurrent accreditation to Swaziland and Lesotho.

1981 – 1983     Minister of Trade, Tanzania

1977 – 1981     Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Tanzania

1975 – 1977     Junior Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Tanzania

1975 – 1985     Member of Parliament for Temeke District, Dar-es-Salaam

Other Leadership positions

July 2006 – July 2009    Chairman, International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP) – (An  International NGO to assist developing  Countries on International Trade and Economic  issues).

2000 – 2006                    Vice-Chairman of ILEAP.

Oct. 2001 – Oct. 2002     President of the Trade Development Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Dec. 2000 – Dec. 2002    Chairman of the Governing Council, Common Fund for Commodities.

January – December 2001     First Coordinator of the WTO Least Developed Countries Consultative Group, World Trade Organization, Geneva

Feb. 1999 – Feb. 2000           Chairman of the General Council of the World Trade Organization, Geneva

1998 – 2000                           Chairman of the OAU Advisory Group of Experts and of the ACP Group of Experts on Negotiations with the European Union in the post –  Lome IV Arrangements.

1998  – 1999                          Chairman of the WTO Trade Policy Review Body.

1996 – 1997                           Chairman of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva.

1996 – 2000                           Co-Chair of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of Ambassadors in Geneva.

Publications, Speeches, Participation in Conferences and References (Available upon request)

2004-2012                 Statements & speeches at various fora as M.D for CFC

1994                           “The Democratic Process in Tanzania” lecture given at centre for Africa Studies, University of Edinburgh

1993                           “Prospects for Regional Economic Integration for Eastern and Southern Africa- a case for a viable Arrangement” as essay submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirement for M.Sc Degree at the London School of Economic University of London

1993                           “Implementing Africa’s Second Liberation” presentation given at the Royal African society Conference on African at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University

1992                           “Evolution towards Multiparty Democracy in Tanzania”, Lecture given at the Department of Politics, University of Leeds, UK

1984                           “The Apartheid Regime and its Policy of Destabilization in Southern Africa” a paper given at a diplomatic Seminar, Lusaka, Zambia

1979                           “Youth Unemployment”- address delivered at the second meeting of Young Commonwealth Leaders in Colombo, SriLanka, 3rd – 8th May 1979

1977                           Contributed a chapter on “The state” in a book Ten Years after the Arusha Declaration

1976                           “The Instruments of State power” (in Swahili) lecture given at the Kivukoni College, Dar es salaam and later published in the inaugural issue of the new journal of the College, Kivuko

1975                           “The Laws and the Judiciary as Instruments for Socialist Construction” (in Swahili” lecture given to Law interns at the Kivukoni College, Dar es salaam and later published in the Journal of the college, “MBIONI” March 1 April 11, 1975

1969                           “Revolution or Romanticism” an article published in the University College Dar es salaam Journal “DARLITE”