Faustin-Archange Touadéra (born 21 April 1957) is a Central African politician and academic who has been President of the Central African Republic since March 2016. Previously he served as Prime Minister from January 2008 to January 2013. In the December 2015–February 2016 presidential election, he was elected as President in a second round of voting against former Prime Minister Anicet Georges Dologuelé.
Background and academic career
Touadéra was born in Bangui; his family was originally from Damara, to the north of Bangui. He received his secondary education at the Barthelemy Boganda College in Bangui before attending the University of Bangui and the University of Abidjan. He earned a mathematics doctorat in 1986, supervised by Daniel Gourdin at the Lille University of Science and Technology (Lille I) in France and another doctorat, also in mathematics, which was supervised by Marcel Dossa at the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon in 2004. In 1987 he became assistant lecturer of mathematics at the University of Bangui and was vice-dean of the University’s Faculty of Science from 1989 to 1992. In the latter year he became director of the teachers’ training college. He joined the Inter-State Committee for the Standardisation of Mathematics Programs in the French-speaking countries and the Indian Ocean (CIEHPM) in 1999, serving as the President of the Committee from 2001 to 2003. He became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bangui in May 2004. Touadéra subsequently served as rector of the university from 2005 to 2008, during which time he launched several key initiatives, such as the entrepreneurship training program and the creation of the Euclid Consortium.