H.E. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, is an esteemed alumnus of The Africa-America Institute (AAI). President Ouattara was a recipient of AAI’s African Graduate Fellowship Program (AFGRAD) in 1972, where he received a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
At the 2014 Awards Gala, President Ouattara was honored with AAI’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A pathfinder and role model throughout his career, AAI recognized President Ouattara’s achievements in working towards creating socio-economic progress in Africa and globally by promoting regional and global partnerships throughout his lifelong career as a public servant.
Starting as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, President Ouattara went on to serve as an economist at the Central Bank of West African States before becoming Prime Minister and then President of Cote d’Ivoire. As President, he also served as Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2012 to March 2014. He is also former chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).