H.E. Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra
Former Transitional Prime Minister, Republic of Mali
Dr. Cheick Diarra is the Chairman of ALN. Dr Diarra is a Malian engineer, businessman, politician, and was acting Prime Minister of Mali from April to December 2012. He was the chairman of Microsoft Africa from 2006 until 2011. He is a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO and ISESCO and also served as the President of the African Virtual University, based in Kenya, in 2002 – 2003.
In 1984, Dr Diarra joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California (a division of NASA). There he participated in various missions: Magellan to Venus, Ulysses to the Sun’s poles, Galileo to Jupiter and the Mars Observer and Mars Pathfinder. He later headed NASA’s Mars Outreach Program. He studied mathematics, physics and analytic mechanics at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Following these, he completed a Masters in Aerospace Engineering at Howard University in Washington D.C. and completed his PHD in Mechanical Engineering also at Howard University.