The 50 most influential Africans: El-Ghassim Wane
Tough minded but an astute interlocutor, Wane has had a ringside seat at most of Africa’s recent diplomatic crises as African Union (AU) director for peace and security.
Fluent in French and English, he also doubles as the intergovernmental institution’s spokesman.
Undaunted by the deluge of criticism of the organisation’s handling of the crises in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire last year, Wane argues that the AU’s transition from post- colonial trade union to continental community is a work in progress.
After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi and the revolutions in North Africa, Wane sees a new mood emerging in the organisation and a greater commitment to institutional reform from leading member states.
A new generation of diplomats wants to build on the groundwork laid for peer review and a coherent and practical approach to economic integration; having worked his way up through posts in the AU’s precursor, the Organisation of African Unity, Wane has taken a leading place in their ranks.
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