President, Guinea

Alpha Condê assumed office in December 2010 as Guinea’s first freely elected president. Earlier this year, in January, he succeeded Idriss Déby as president of the African Union.




Mr Condé hails from Boké in Lower Guinea, which he left aged 15 for France. There he became active in the National Union of Higher Education, where he worked to combine the functions of the Association of Guinean Students in France, and the Federation of Black African Students in France. At the latter organisation, between 1967 and 1975, he became executive coordinator of African National Groups. 


His master’s thesis in political science - Le P.D.G. et le people de Guinée – was published in 1965.