Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé was born on 6th June 1966 in Afagnan, Togo. A Togolese political activist, he has been president of the Togolese Republic since 2005. From 7th to 25th February 2005, he temporarily performed the duties of president, and then was elected president of the Republic three times in succession: on 4th May 2005, 4th March 2010 and 25th April 2015.
Having received an MBA from George Washington University and a degree in economics and management from Paris Dauphine University, he began his political career as a deputy in the Togolese Parliament for the prefecture of Blitta, representing the Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) party. He broadened his experience of state administration by acceding to the post of minister of equipment, mines, posts, and telecommunications on 29th July 2003, at the time of Koffi Sama’s government. In his post, the young deputy developed tenacity and diligence, showing himself to be a worthy leader of a strategically important ministry, which was challenging to manage as a result.
The main goal of his first mandate as head of Togo was to win the trust of the country’s political partners, to rebuild the state, the population of which has found itself isolated from the outside world for the previous 15 years, and to instill hope in the people of Togo. In 2010 and 2015, he was reelected for another term with the support of the international community, who valued his organisational skills and the transparent manner in which he conducted politics. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé is a reserved politician, but one who deserves his citizens’ respect. His program for the presidential mandate for 2015-2020 is aimed at fighting poverty and strengthening the country’s social cohesion. In order to achieve this, he intends to increase economic activity in broad sectors of the population and to develop Togolese communities.