MG (Rtd) Ferdinand Safari is a Rwandan national who grew up in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is also a holder of a post graduate diploma in Strategic Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

He served as a career officer in the Rwanda Defence Force for 28 years and attended all professional tactical, operational and strategic military courses for career officers in Rwanda and abroad.

During his career as a military officer, he held various appointments in command, staff and training. The most recent appointments include Director General Policy & Strategy in the Ministry of Defence, Chief of Plans at the Rwanda Defence Force HQ, Force Chief of Staff in the UN PKO in the Sudan (UNAMID), Commandant of the Rwanda Military Academy and PSO Pre-Deployment Training, Defence Attaché in the USA and Canada, Director of Training at the Defence Force HQ and Infantry Battalion Commander on African Union Mission in Sudan.

Most of those positions involved the development of doctrines and requirements for the Defence Force, but the main bulk of his staff level experience has been focusing on Plans, Defence/ Security Strategy and policy matters.

Major General (Rtd) Safari fluently speaks English, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda as mother language.  

MG Safari is married and blessed with three children.