Ali Moussa holds a PHD in Political Sciences from the Institute of Political Sciences in Grenoble, France. Before joining UNESCO in 1997, he occupied different professional positions in his country such as Journalist, Editor-in Chief and Director of Press and Audiovisual.
Within UNESCO, Mr Moussa Iye, was first Coordinator of the UNESCO Programme of Culture of Peace in the Horn of Africa based in Addis Ababa, in charge of the Democracy Programme and then the Programme on the Fight against Racism and Discrimination as a follow up of the Durban World Conference against Racism.
He is actually Chief of the History and Memory for Dialogue Section in charge of two important Programmes: The Slave Route Project and the General and Regional Histories Projects of UNESCO (History of Humanity, General History of Africa, General History of Latin America, General History of Caribbean, The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture and the History of Civilisations of Central Asia)Africa). He is particularly coordinating the implementation of the Pedagogic Use of the General History of Africa Project and the elaboration of the 9th volume of the GHA collection.
Parallel to his functions within UNESCO, Mr Moussa Iye continues his researcher in the field of Political Anthropology on the democratic traditions and customary laws of the Somali Pastoralists. He is the author of a pioneer work on the “Pastoral Democracy of Somali-Issa” : “Le verdict de l’Arbre : etude du Xeer Issa”, He also published a book of short stories and contributed to several international and regional.