Under the Patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai


Under the Patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai


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H.E. Martin Chungong

Secretary General

Inter-Parliamentary Union, Switzerland
Martin Chungong made history in 2014 by becoming the first African to be elected IPU Secretary General.
After 14 years working in the Cameroonian Parliament, he spent more than 20 distinguished years within the IPU before being elected Secretary General. For more than three decades he has dedicated his professional life to promoting democracy worldwide. He has become a leader in the field of developing programmes to help parliaments become more transparent, accountable, representative and effective democratic institutions and has further contributed to establishing governance benchmarks to strengthen democracy.

Mr. Chungong has also built an impressive portfolio in the promotion of dialogue and conflict resolution, issues that remain at the heart of the IPU’s work. His focus on helping countries emerge from conflict or in transition has been widely acknowledged by the IPU membership and IPU partners globally. In addition, he is an International Gender Champion, part of a network of decision-makers, male and female, who have committed to breaking down gender barriers.

A linguist by training, Martin Chungong speaks English, French and Spanish. He holds degrees from both the University of Yaoundé and the University of Ottawa. He has been made a Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade, an honour awarded by the International Organisation of La Francophonie to people who have distinguished themselves in the service of its ideals of cooperation and friendship. Other awards include the Friendship Order from the Viet Nam National Assembly and the medal of Officer of the National Order of 27 June 1977 from the President of the Republic of Djibouti.

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