H.E. Ely Ould Mohammed Vall was President of Mauritania from 2005 to 2007. He ensured the transition to democracy and organized the elections in which he chose not to participate. A career military officer, he is currently committed to promoting regional cooperation against terrorism in Africa and the resolution of conflicts across the continent. H.E. Ely Ould Mohammed Vall is a Member of the Board of the Arab Democracy Foundation and of the Honor Committee of the Chirac Foundation, and lectured at Harvard University on the democratic transition in Mauritania.