Panel of the Wise

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The Panel of the Wise is a consultative body of the African Union, composed of five appointed members who each serve three year terms. Its mandate is to provide opinions to the Peace and Security Council on issues relevant to conflict prevention, management, and resolution. Representatives are chosen for the North, East, South, West, and Central regions of the continent.[1]

The first Panel of the Wise was established in December 2007, with a mandate which expired in 2010. The Assembly of Heads of State and Government, meeting in Kampala in 2010, decided to expand the Panel's composition, by appointing a Group of "Friends of the Panel of the Wise" appointed on the same basis as the Panel (one representative for each African sub-region).

Members 2007-2010[edit]

The first members, appointed in 2007, were:[2]

RegionMemberCountryDescriptionRole in Panel
NorthAhmed Ben BellaAlgeriaformer President of AlgeriaMember (Chairperson)
WestElisabeth K. PognonBeninPresident of the Constitutional Court in BeninMember
EastSalim Ahmed SalimTanzaniaformer Secretary-General of the Organisation of African UnityMember
CentralMiguel TrovoadaSão Tomé and Príncipeformer President of São Tomé and PríncipeMember
SouthBrigalia BamSouth AfricaHead of South Africa's Independent Electoral CommissionMember

Current Members and Friends[edit]

The current members and friends of the Panel of the Wise, serving 2010-2013, are:

RegionMemberCountryDescriptionRole in Panel
NorthAhmed Ben BellaAlgeriaformer President of AlgeriaMember (Chairperson; 2nd & last term), (N.B., deceased, April 2012)
WestMary Chinery-HesseGhanaMember (1st term)
EastSalim Ahmed SalimTanzaniaformer Secretary-General of the Organisation of African UnityMember (2nd & last term)
CentralMarie-Madeleine KalalaDemocratic Republic of the CongoMember (1st term)
SouthKenneth KaundaZambiaPresident of ZambiaMember (1st term)
NorthTBAFriend
WestElisabeth K. PognonBeninPresident of the Constitutional Court in BeninFriend (2nd & last time)
EastTBAFriend
CentralMiguel TrovoadaSão Tomé and Príncipeformer President of São Tomé and PríncipeFriend (2nd & last term)
SouthBrigalia BamSouth AfricaHead of South Africa's Independent Electoral CommissionFriend (2nd & last term)

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