Maïmouna Sourang Ndir

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Maïmouna Sourang Ndir
Maïmouna Sourang Ndir (2010) (cropped).jpg
Senegalese Ambassador to France, Monaco and Andorra
In office
Appointed byAbdoulaye Wade
Personal details
Born (1952-10-03) 3 October 1952 (age 67)
Saint-Louis, Senegal
Political partySenegalese Democratic Party
RelationsFatou Niang Siga (mother)
Alma materUniversité Laval

Maïmouna Sourang Ndir (born 3 October 1952) is a Senegalese politician who served in various government ministry positions as well as being Senegal's ambassador to France from 2009 to 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Ndir was born on 3 October 1952 in Saint-Louis, Senegal.[1] Her mother is writer Fatou Niang Siga. She received a master's degree in social sciences from Université Laval in Quebec in 1996.[2][3]


Ndir worked within the Ministry of Social Development before being appointed as Minister in 2002 in the first Idrissa Seck government.[1][4][5] She then served as Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Microfinance[6] and Minister of the Living Environment and Public Health under Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré.[7] She is a member of the Senegalese Democratic Party.[2]

In 2009, Ndir was appointed ambassador of Senegal to France, Monaco and Andorra by President Abdoulaye Wade, seen as one of the country's most significant postings.[8] The first woman to hold this post, her appointment was criticised due to her lack of diplomatic experience.[9][10][11] She was recalled by to Dakar by the new government in April 2012, along with a number of other non-career diplomat ambassadors.[2][12][13]

Awards and honors[edit]

Ndir has been made a Commander of the Senegalese Order of Merit, Commander of the Order of Saint-Charles of Monaco and Grand Officer of the French National Order of Merit.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "DECRET n° 2002-1007 du 7 octobre 2002 portant promotions et nominations dans l'Ordre du Mérite au titre de l'année 2002" (in French). Official Journal of the Republic of Senegal. 5 April 2003. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Zoom sur Maïmouna Sourang Ndir, l'ex-ambassadeur du Sénégal en France". Leral (in French). 21 August 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "S.E.Mme / H.E. Maïmouna Sourang Ndir". Publié dans La Lettre Diplomatique. 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  4. ^ Turner, B. (2003). The Statesman's Yearbook 2004: The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World. Springer. p. 1394.
  5. ^ "Senegalese Prime Minister announces 31-member cabinet". Panapress. 6 November 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Senegal gets new 39-member cabinet". Panapress. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Senegal's new PM names cabinet". Panapress. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Remise des lettres de créance de S.E. Madame Maïmouna SOURANG NDIR, Ambassadeur Extraordinaire et Plénipotentiaire de la République du Sénégal auprès de la Principauté de Monaco". Palace of the Prince of Monaco. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  9. ^ "La France accepte avec peine le cv de Maimouna Sourang Ndir : Wade fait le sourd et gagne". Le Quotidien (in French). 18 November 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  10. ^ Toure, Bamba (2 April 2012). "L'Ambassadeur du Sénégal en France, Maïmouna Sourang Ndir, écartée de l'investiture du Président Macky". Setal net (in French). Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  11. ^ "AMBASSADE DU SENEGAL EN FRANCE : Pourquoi Maïmouna Sourang Ndir ?". Le Monde (in French). 18 November 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Ambassade du Sénégal à Paris : Maimouna Sourang Ndir rentre au bercail, ce lundi" (in French). Le Senegal dans le Web. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Maïmouna Sourang Ndir discrètement rappelée: qui pour la remplacer à Paris ?". Dakaractu. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2017.