H.E. Issa Konfourou is a career diplomat with over 18 years of experience. Konfourou has been the Permanent Representative of Mali to the United Nations since 2016.
With a sound background and track record in strategic and advisory positions at the national and international levels, Issa Konfourou holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Sorbonne University (Paris, France) and a graduate diploma from the prestigious National School of Public Administration in Strasbourg, France.
Prior to his appointment at the United Nations, Mr. Konfourou served as Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and African Integration. At this position, he participated in the Inter-Malian Dialogue, which concluded the signing of the 2015 Algiers Agreement for Peace and National Reconciliation in Mali. The Peace Agreement put an end to the fourth Tuareg rebellion Mali experienced since its independence from France in 1960.
Between 2008 and 2014, Konfourou served as Diplomatic Advisor to six Prime Ministers of Mali. His contribution was critical to strengthening the cooperation between Mali, its international partners and donors. He also contributed to the promotion and protection of Malians abroad and to the African Union’s agenda of African integration. As Advisor, Konfourou was a critical participant to the 2013 negotiations that ended in the Interim Agreement of Ouagadougou, which created the conditions for the 2013 post-crisis presidential elections in Mali.
Having joined Mali’s Public Service as a Foreign Affairs Advisor in 1999, H.E. Konfourou served as Third and Second Counsellor at Mali’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York between 2000 and 2007. Durant his tenure, he served as Legal Adviser, political Expert and Consul of Mali in New York.
He is fully bilingual in English and French.