Benjamin Mkapa

President of Tanzania (1995-2005)

Benjamin Mkapa is a Tanzanian politican who served as his country's third President from 1995-2005, as well as Chairman of the Revolutionary State Party. Elected on an anti-corruption platform, his efforts included creation of an open forum called the Presidential Commission on Corruption (Warioba Commission) and increased support for the Prevention of Corruption Bureau. He also enacted economic reforms which resulted in the cancellation of some of Tanzania's foreign debts. Winner of the Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award in 2007, he went on to serve as a trustee of the Aga Khan University after his term ended. A Master's graduate in International Affairs from Columbia University, Mkapa served as both ambassador and Foreign Affairs Minister before his tenure as President. Tanzania's longest bridge, which was constructed during Mkapa's presidency and allowed southern regions to more fully participate in the national economy, is named after him.