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Dr. Karamba Diaby, born in 1961 in Marsassoum, Senegal, was elected to the German Bundestag in 2013 as the first black person born in Africa. Before, he was also a city councilor in Halle (Saale) from 2009 to 2015 and worked as an advisor in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for the state of Saxony-Anhalt from 2011 to 2013. In his mid-20s, he came to the GDR thanks to a scholarship, studied chemistry at Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg and earned a doctorate in geoecology there. He then worked in various nonprofit organizations in the fields of education, youth policy, diversity and human rights.

In the Bundestag, Diaby was deputy chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and a member of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment during the 18th legislative term. The 61-year-old politician was re-elected to the German Bundestag in 2017 as a member of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment, the Subcommittee on Civic Engagement and continued to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). From 2018 to 2021, he was also his parliamentary group’s integration officer and a member of the parliamentary group’s executive committee. In the 2021 federal election, Karamba Diaby stood as the top candidate for the SPD in Saxony-Anhalt and won the Halle constituency outright. He is once again a member of the SPD parliamentary group’s executive committee. He is also a full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development and the Subcommittee on Global Health. Diaby is married and lives with his wife and two children in Halle (Saale).

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