Mr. Ilyas MOUSSA DAWALEH, aged 54, holds a license in Economic and Social Administration – Specialized Business Management, from the University François Rabelais (Tours, France), and a Master (DEA) in Marketing and Strategic Management.
Back home in 1992, he held the position of head of the private sector within the Planning Department, attached to the Presidency.
He is one of the drafters of the Law on the Orientation of the Five-Year Plan.
1993 marks the first step in the career of Mr. Ilyas MOUSSA DAWALEH.
Recruited at the International Port of Djibouti, he served as project manager to the Director General, from 1993 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996, he was then appointed Director of projects at PAID.
He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the port from 1996 to 2004.
Mr. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh decides to enter the private sector. He has been CEO of several companies he founded in Djibouti and abroad, as well as directors of several non-profit organizations. He is also co-founder of CED, the Club des jeunes Entrepreneurs de Djibouti.
Mr. Dawaleh is recognized for his entrepreneurial and leadership qualities. In addition, he was one of the main negotiators of the concession agreement between Djibouti and Dubaï Ports World. He was chosen as a member of the COMESA national monitoring committee, the Ethiopia-Djibouti joint commission, the national commission for the reform of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the BDMO board of directors.
His Excellency the President of the Republic, Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, chose Mr. Dawaleh as his campaign manager during the presidential election in April 2011.
Since September 20, 2012, Mr. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh has been the Secretary General of the ruling party in Djibouti: the Popular Rally for Progress (RPP).
Mr. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh was candidate and head of the Presidential Majority Coalition for the 2013 legislative elections.
Mr.Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh is Minister of Economy and Finance, responsible for Industry since May 12, 2011. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Mr. Dawaleh is married and has four children.