Africa-Arab Cultural Institute
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Director General

Doctor Mohamed Salem SOUFI, a Mauritian national, is appointed Director General of the AACI by decision of the League of Arab States. He took office on 11/14/2014. He holds a state doctorate in political science from the International University of Africa in Khartoum-Sudan.


First and last name: Mohamed Salem SOUFI

Address: Africa-Arab Cultural Institute, PO Box: E1444, Cité du Niger, Rue 555, Porte 58,

Mobile (Mali): +223 96949494

Mobile (Mauritania): +222 47700077/   +222 36313100

Email: msss99@hotmail.com


  • Date and place of birth: March 23, 1962 in Mederdra (Mauritania).
  • Social status: Married, father of several children


  • Doctorate (PhD) degree in Political Science (2005)
  • Master in History (2003)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in African Studies (2002)
  • Bachelor Degree in languages ​​(1987)
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Mathematics (1982)


Summary of specialization: Law, Political Science, International Relations and Research on interstate crises, the role of the United Nations and continental organizations in crisis resolution.


  • 2014 to the present day: General Director of the Africa-Arab Cultural Institute in Bamako – Mali,
  • 2003 Minister Plenipotentiary and Director of the Department of Culture and Dialogue among Civilizations, General Secretariat of the League of Arab States.
  • Has been working since 2011 as a lawyer before the Mauritanian courts.
  • Worked in the media as a journalist for 25 years. From 1987 he held the following positions:
  • 2012 – President of the Mauritanian Center for International Studies and Media (ELMEDA);
  • 2008 – 2012: Correspondent for the Aljazeera satellite news channel in Mauritania;
  • 2004 – 2008: Regional Director of the Nairobi office on behalf of the Aljazeera satellite news channel for East and Central Africa;
  • 2002 – 2004: Producer of political interviews on the Al Arabia television channel in Dubai;
  • 1998 – 2002: Main producer of political interviews on the Al Jazeera television channel in Qatar;
  • 1995 – 1998: Foreign correspondent of Radio Deutsche Welle stationed in Kuwait;
  • 1994 – 1996: Correspondent for the world’s first pan-Arab newspaper, “Asharq Al Awsat”, based in London;
  • 1990 – 1994: Director of publication of the independent newspaper “Al Manshour” in Mauritania;


  • Arabic: Excellent (mother tongue)
  • French: Good
  • English: Fairly good


  • A novel book entitled “Love” published by the Tayibah publishing house in 1997, Nouakchott – Mauritania;
  • “Sudan: 10 years of salvation rule” an assessment study, 1999, Kuwait;
  • “Inter-Somali Reconciliation” – published by the Gulf Media Studies Center 2001, Addis Ababa – Ethiopia;
  • “The Western Sahara crisis from the beginning to the prospects of solution” published by the Mauritanian Center for International Studies and Media (ELMEDA) 2007, Nouakchott – Mauritania;
  • “Mali: a hotbed of tension – an inclusive approach to the crisis in northern Mali”, published by the Mauritanian Center for International Studies and Media 2012.


  • Honorary Consul of the Republic of Djibouti in Mauritania,
  • Member of the Union of Arab Writers in Damascus,
  • Member of the League of Mauritanian Writers


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