Leadership Force


Lieutenant General Daniel Sidiki Traoré (Burkina Faso)


Force Commander


Lieutenant General Daniel Sidiki Traoré (Burkina Faso)  was appointed on 21January 2020 as Force Commander of the Multidimensional Integrated UN Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA).

Lieutenant General Traoré succeeds Lieutenant General Balla Keita of Senegal, who will complete his assignment on 29 February 2020.  The Secretary-General is grateful for his tireless dedication, invaluable service and effective leadership.
As the current Military Adviser to the Chief of General Defence Staff of Burkina Faso, Lieutenant General Traoré has had a distinguished career since joining the Army of Burkina Faso in 1977.  He also has extensive Peacekeeping experience, having recently served as Deputy Force Commander in MINUSCA in 2018, and as the Sector West Commander in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) from 2014 to 2016.  He also previously served as Sector Commander in the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Western Darfur from 2012-2014.
Lieutenant General Traoré holds master’s degrees in Sociology and Human Resources from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, as well as a master’s degree in History and Archaeology from the University of Sorbonne, Paris.  He is fluent in English and French.

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.
Brigadier General Franck CHATELUS has had a long and distinguished career with the French Armed Forces spanning over thirty-three years.
He graduated from the Special Military Academy of Saint-Cyr (French military academy) in 1986 and chose to follow the Infantry School training. He then served successively in battalions, military schools and in headquarters in a wide variety of functions and missions.
His career has balanced between both operational and administrative / management roles.

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.
From 1995 to 1997, he was posted as head of « planning » section to National NCOs School in Issoire.
From 2002 to 2007 he was appointed to Army headquarters and then Land Army Human Resources Division as head of NCO’s management policy section.
He was again appointed to Land Army Human Resources Division as Head of Senior Officers Orientation Section from 2009 to 2011.
Notable graduations :

He graduated from the French school in aeronautics and space (ISAE) in 1999 and graduated from the National French Joint Defense College in 2000.
His last appointment was Head of the Defense Base (an administrative and support area) of Clermont-Ferrand.
He’s married with five children.