Martin Chungong made history in 2014 by becoming the first African and non-European to be elected IPU Secretary General. For more than three decades he has dedicated his professional life to promoting democracy worldwide.

He is a leader in the field of developing programmes to help parliaments become more effective democratic institutions, promoting dialogue and conflict resolution, especially in countries emerging from conflict or in transition.

Since 2012, he has made a push to strengthen parliamentary engagement on sustainable development and accountability through his role as Parliamentary Representative on the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

He is also leading IPU’s work to reduce maternal and child mortality rates through effective legislation, implementation and monitoring government action.