H. E. Daniel KABLAN DUNCAN
Vice President, Ivory Coast
Ivorian statesman Daniel Kablan Duncan was appointed vice president of Ivory Coast in January 2017. Prior to this, he was twice prime minister from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2012 until 2017. A top-ranking member of the Ivory Coast’s Democratic Party, he is recognised as being hard working and for having a sound moral compass. In high-ranking roles in successive governments, Mr Kablan Duncan has played a vital role on numerous occasions. For example, he helped to stabilise the government after the economic crisis of the 1980s and managed the devaluation of the CFA franc in January 1994 to minimise the social side effects.
Mr Kablan Duncan’s professional life began in government in 1970 where he was first assistant director of interventions and foreign economic relations in the Ministry of Economy and Finance. That decade saw him join the International Monetary Fund where after a six-month term in analysis and financial policies he was recruited as ‘special appointee’. In 1974 he joined for the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) in Abidjan, first as head of research and later as national deputy-director, a position he held until 1986. After a year as general manager of the National Social Security Fund (CNPS), Mr Kablan Duncan returned to the BCEAO as central director of property and information technologies.
After completing his mathematics-focused A-levels, he attended various high schools in France where he graduated as international trade engineer. Between 1964 and 1968, he went on to attend the ICN Business School of Nancy, EDHEC Business School of Lille, Bordeaux Management School and Paris International Business School. At the British and Spanish Chambers of Paris, he graduated in business-focused English and Spanish.
French-speaking Mr Kablan Duncan is also fluent in English and Spanish. Married with child, he is a keen swimmer, which he fits into his busy timetable.