Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete is a former President of the United Republic of Tanzania. He was born on October 7, 1950 at Msoga Village, Bagamoyo District of Coast Region near Tanzania’s commercial Capital of Dar es Salaam. After a long and industrious public career which included service in Government, the Military and the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Party, he was elected the fourth President of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) on 14th December, 2005. He was re-elected for a second term on October 31, 2010 and he retired from Presidency on 6th November, 2015 upon completion of his two terms in line with the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania.
President Kikwete has served on major global initiatives such as the Africa Commission, the Commission of Information and Accountability on Women’s and Children’s Health which he co-chaired with Retired Canadian Prime Minister, Honorable Stephen Harper and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement – where he is a member of the Lead Group. He also served as Chairperson of the United Nations High Level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crisis. He is currently Commissioner for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, Co-Chair of the UN High Level Advisory Group on Every Woman Every Child, African Union High Level Representative to Libya and Global Ambassador for Immunization.