Lieutenant-General Balla Keita Lieutenant-General Balla Keita (Senegal)
Major-General Balla Keita brings to MINUSCA extensive leadership and operational experience. Prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Force Commander of the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID).
From 2007 to 2010, he served as Sector Commander in Darfur, and, as Chief Operating within MONUC (now MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2001.
He had previously held various senior positions in other peacekeeping missions in Liberia and in Guinea-Bissau.
Major General Balla Keita also occupied key posits within the Senegalese army, including the position of Inspector General of Senegalese Armed Forces and of Chief of Staff for more than two years.
He also has worked for the Senegalese Special Forces for more than fifteen years and brings in an experience of nearly 40 years in the service.
Born on 25 April 1956 in Malilounda (Senegal), Major-General Balla Keita completed his military studies in France, USA and Germany.
He succeeds to Major General Martin Chomu Tumenta (Cameroon) who passed on 30 November 2015, from illness.
Major-General Eduardo Ferrão (Portugal)
Deputy Force Commander
Major-General Eduardo Ferrão (Portugal) was appointed as Deputy Force Commander of the Multidimensional Integrated UN Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) on 27 December 2019
He succeeds to Lieutenant-General Marco Serronha (Portugal) who completed his assignment in November 2019.
With 34 years of operational experience, MGEN Eduardo Ferrão served in various military units and departments and has held positions of significant importance and responsibility within the Ministry of Defense.
MGEN Eduardo Ferrão served in the Portuguese Army Mechanized Brigade for 18 years, progressing from platoon leader to Brigade Commander. As a staff officer, he planned and supervised the operational preparation of the Portuguese contingent deployments to Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, East Timor, Iraq, and Kosovo. Additionally, from 2004 to 2006, MGEN Ferrao served as the Commander of a Tactical Maneuver Battalion in Kosovo where he worked very closely with UNMIK. (United Nations Mission in Kosovo)
MGEN Eduardo Ferrão was a military teacher of Tactics at the Portuguese Armed Forces War College where he remains a lecturer in intelligence, operational planning, geopolitics and strategy.
He served in the Ministry of Defense, between 1995 and 2000, in the National Defense Policy Directorate as a Desk Officer, responsible for the European Rapid Reaction Forces, and in the Portuguese External Intelligence Service, as Chief of the Department of Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime.
In 2007 he was nominated as Chief of Cabinet to Joint Forces Command Chief of Staff. Placed in the Military Academy in 2009, he served as Commander of the Corps of Cadets for three years.
His last appointment was Commander of the Mechanized Brigade, in Santa Margarida.
MGEN Eduardo Ferrão was born on 17 February 1962 in Lisbon (Portugal). He is married and has two daughters.
Force Chief of Staff MINUSCA
Brigadier General Franck Chatelus took over from Brigadier General Rémi SEIGLE as the Force Chief of Staff on Friday 26 July, 2019.
At the end of his schooling, he chose the 1st Infantry Regiment – airmobile combat regiment. He served there ceaselessly from 1987 until 1995 as platoon leader and deputy company commander. In 1993, he was appointed company commander of the regimental intelligence unit. From 2000 to 2002 he served as chief operation in the 126th Infantry Regiment. He was then appointed as Commander of the 1st Infantry Regiment from 2007 till 2009. Regarding the operational part of his course, he had also been Chief of Staff of the 6th Light Armored Brigade from 2011 until 2013, followed by Deputy Commander of the same Brigade from 2013 to 2015.
Throughout his career he has served overseas on short term missions as well as deployments to foreign countries on many occasions. These include : French Guyana (platoon leader – 1989 and 1992), Mayotte Island (deputy company commander – 1990), Chad (company commander – 1994), Egypt (Bright star exercise – 2001), Republic of Ivory Coast (battalion commander – 2007), Afghanistan (battalion commander – 2009, French National Component Command chief of staff – 2014), and Mali (Brigade Serval chief of staff – 2013).
His career has also included roles in both human resources management and administration.
He graduated from the French school in aeronautics and space (ISAE) in 1999 and graduated from the National French Joint Defense College in 2000.