Prior to his appointment, from September 2008 to July 2012, he was the Prime Minister of Togo. In this capacity he led the government towards substantial improvements in all areas namely: achievement towards the MDGs, rule of law, civil liberties, social cohesion, economic reforms including the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), good governance, improving business climate, agriculture and rural development and shared economic growth.
Gilbert Houngbo’s career spans more than 25 years, during which time he has built a track record for combining strategic leadership with high integrity, as well as gaining experience and credibility in the fields of Diplomacy, International Development, Good Governance and Financial Management.
Other specific areas of expertise include Strategic operational planning and management, financial and human resource management. He is a proven leader in risk and change management and endowed with high integrity as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Born in Agbandi, Republic of Togo in 1961, Gilbert Houngbo is fluent in French and English and holds a DESS (Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées) in Specialized Accounting, University of Quebec -‐Trois-‐Rivières and a Maîtrise en Gestion des Entreprises, Université de Lomé.