Son of a French, then a Malian army officer, Dioncounda Traoré was born in 1942 in the Malian Sahel. Doctor in mathematics, he studied in the former Soviet Union and in France, before leading a career of professor of higher education, trade union activist and political opponent in the Bamako military regime. After the end of the military dictatorship in 1991 he holds several political positions, such as Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the National Assembly. From April 2012 to September 2013, Prof. Dioncounda Traoré was the President of a very difficult Malian transition which followed an army mutiny leading to a coup d’etat on 22 March 2012.
He’s the father of seven children.