H.E. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh
Minister of Economy and Finance, in charge of Industry

Ilyas-Moussa-Dawaleh

Mr. Ilyas Dawaleh Moussa, 48, holds a Bachelor in Economic and Social Administration, option Business Management from the University François Rabelais of Tours, France, and a Master (DEA) in Marketing and Strategic Management.

Back home in 1992, he served as head department in charge of the private sector within the Direction of Planning, then attached to the Presidency of the Republic.

He is one of the drafters of the Five-year plan Guidance Act.

1993 marks a first milestone in the career of Mr. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh. He’s recruited at Djibouti International Port where he served as Project Leader to the General Manager 1993 to 1994. From 1994 to 1996, he’s Projects Manager to the then PAID CEO.

He is appointed Chief Operating Officer in 1996 until 2004.

During his time at PAID, he completed his academic experiene with other professional training like the IPPP (Public-Private Partnership Institute) in Washington DC, Le Havre Port Institute (France) and the IMO (International Maritime Organization) in London.

Mr. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh decides to engage in the private sector. He served as a director of corporate and not for profit boards, including Chairman of the Board and Board of Trustee of non-profit organization. He is also the co-founding chairperson of RDE, Djibouti’s Young Entrepreneurs’ Club. He is the CEO of several companies he founded in Djibouti and abroad.

Mr. Dawaleh is known for his entrepreneurship and leadership qualities.
In addition, he was the leading-negotiator in the concession agreement between Djibouti and Dubai Ports World.. the COMESA National Monitoring Committee, the Ethio – Djibouti Joint Commission, the National Commission Reform of the Chamber of Commerce and President of Board BMOD.

President of the Republic, Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, chose Mr Dawaleh as his senior director of Campaign during the April 2011 presidential election.

On the other hand, Mr Dawaleh is holding the title of Secretary General of Djibouti’s ruling party: The People’s Rally for Progress.

Minister Ilyas speaks fluently English, Arabic and French. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh is the Minister of Economy and Finance, in charge of Industry as of May 12, 2011.

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