Bernard Membe became the Foreign Minister of Tanzania in January 2007. He was appointed Chairman of South African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Peace, Security and Defence during which the SADC Organ dealt with various peace and security issues in the region including DRC and Zimbabwe. In 2008 he became Chairman of African Union Council of Ministers, a position which he held until January 2009. His previous Ministerial appointments include as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and as Deputy Minister of Energy and Minerals. He was elected to the National Assembly in parliamentary elections in 2000 and re-elected in 2005 in Mtama Constituency, Lindi.
Mr.Membe currently heads the ruling party’s (CCM) department of Politics and International Relations. He is also a member of CCM’s Central Committee and National Executive Committee.
Mr. Membe worked at the Tanzania High Commission in Canada in 1992 to 2000. Prior to this he was a national security analyst at the President’s Office.
Born in Lindi, Tanzania on 9th November 1953, Mr. Membe, graduated at the at the University of Dar es salaam, then continued with his further studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he attained M. A. in International Relations (Conflict Resolution, International Law & International Economics).
Mr. Membe is married to Dorcas Richard Membe and they have two sons and one daughter.