Ambassador Rama Yade is a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and a teacher of African affairs at Sciences-Po Paris. She is also a consultant for the World Bank, advising the institution and private sector partners on education, youth, sports, and disability issues in Africa.
Yade has over a decade of experience working in French, European, and international politics. At the age of thirty, she was appointed as the deputy minister for foreign affairs and human rights of the Republic of France, the first woman of African descent to become a member of the French cabinet. She was subsequently appointed to the position of deputy minister of sports in 2009. In 2010, Yade was appointed as the ambassador of France to UNESCO. During her government service, Yade focused on democracy and the rule of law, women’s rights, child protection, the struggle against homophobia, and freedom of speech issues.
Prior to her political and diplomatic career, Ambassador Yade was a high civil servant in the French Senate and developed a deep knowledge of worldwide parliamentary networks as the executive director of the France-West Africa Parliamentary Friendship Group. In 2007, Yade was appointed by the ruling Union pour un mouvement populaire party as a national delegate for Francophonie. She is also the founder and executive director of the think tank Allons Enfants and a member of the Young Global Leaders Forum and the French club Le Siècle.
After serving France, Ambassador Yade’s aim is to serve the African continent where she was born.
Ambassador Yade received a master’s degree in political science and public affairs from Sciences-Po Paris. Yade is the author of several books, including Blacks of France, Human Rights Explained to Children from 7 to 77 years, Letter to the Youth, Advocacy for a Public Instruction, A Chronicle of Power, and Anthology of Sexism in Politics.