Dr. Boni T. Yayi was sworn into office as the twelfth President of the Republic of Benin on April 6, 2006 after winning overwhelmingly the presidential elections held in March 2006. In this capacity, he is the Head of State and the Head of the Government of Benin. Prior to this position, Dr. Yayi served from 1994 to 2006 as President of the West African Development Bank, a regional financial institution based in Lome, Togo. President Boni Yayi was born in 1952 in Tchaourou, in northern Benin where he grew up. He earned a Master’s degree in economics from the National University of Benin and advanced degrees in economics from the National University of Benin and advanced degrees in economics and banking from the University of Dakar, Senegal and from the West African Center for Banking Studies of the Central Bank of West African States, also based in Dakar. He also holds a doctoral degree in economics and politics from the University of Orleans, France, and a PH-D in economics from the University of Paris- Dauphine.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to the United States of America, His Excellency Cyrille S. Oguin, holds the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary in the Benin Foreign Service. He is an alumnus of the Algiers National School of Administration – Foreign Service – and of the Geneva Graduate Institute of International Studies where he obtained a M. Phil in Law and International Relations. Ambassador Oguin, who joined the diplomatic service in March 1978, has wide professional experience, including at the central administration of the Ministry of External Affairs and Cooperation as well as in foreign posts. He is also well versed in international affairs from his overseas postings coupled with his participation at various international conferences over the years.