Karamba Diaby

Karamba Diaby (born 27 November 1961[2]) is a Senegalese-born German chemist and politician of the Social Democratic Party who has been serving as a member of the Bundestag since the 2013 elections.

Karamba Diaby
Karamba Diaby, 2019, b.jpg
Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1961-11-27) 27 November 1961 (age 61)
Marsassoum, Senegal
Political party German:
Social Democratic Party
Party of European Socialists
Alma materCheikh Anta Diop University
Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Diaby grew up in Marsassoum, Senegal. The youngest of four children, he was raised by his sister after losing both of his parents by the time he was 7.[3] A graduate of the Cheikh Anta Diop University, he left Senegal to study chemistry in East Germany and received his diploma in 1991. In 1996 he received his Doctor of Natural Science degree,[1] and stayed after the reunification of Germany, after which he became more involved in political and social activism.

Member of ParliamentEdit

2013 electionEdit

On September 22, 2013, Diaby was elected to the Bundestag as a Social Democratic Party candidate from Halle (Saale), Saxony-Anhalt; Diaby became one of the first two Bundestag members of African ancestry, alongside Charles M. Huber (born to a Senegalese father and German mother), who was elected at the same time from the Christian Democratic Union.[4]


Diaby currently serves as deputy chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and as full member of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment. On the latter, he is his parliamentary group’s rapporteur on matters related to the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the recognition of your foreign qualifications. Within his parliamentary group, he is a member of the working group on municipal policy. He also belongs to the Parliamentary Left, a left-wing movement.[5]

Diaby's office in Halle was shot at on 15 January 2020.[6] The attack was condemned by Heiko Maas, Germany's Foreign Minister, as "disgusting and cowardly".[7]

Foreign affairsEdit

In addition to his committee assignments, Diaby is the deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the Francophone States of West and Central Africa (Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Chad, Central African Republic).

Since 2019, he has been a member of the German delegation to the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly.[8] He is also part of the Elie Wiesel Network of Parliamentarians for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and against Genocide Denial.[9] In 2020, he co-founded a cross-party working group on diversity and antiracism.[10]

Diaby in Halle, June 2014.

2017 coalition agreementEdit

In the negotiations to form a fourth coalition government under Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Diaby was part of the working group on migration policy, led by Volker Bouffier, Joachim Herrmann and Ralf Stegner.

20th German BundestagEdit

In the 2021 German federal election, he won a direct mandate in the constituency of Halle.

In the 2021 election of the German federal parliament, Karamba Diaby won for the first time directly his constituency of Halle. With 28.8 percent of the votes in the first round, Diaby beat Christoph Bernstiel, who received 20.7 percent of the votes also during the first round.[11]

In the 20th German Bundestag, he is a full member of the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development and of the Committee for Foreign Affairs. He also has a membership in the Subcommittee on Global Health and in the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly. The parliamentary group on West Africa is chaired by him and in the Subcommittee on International Climate and Energy Policy he is a substitute member. [12]

Political viewsEdit

In 2018, Diaby joined other black elected representatives and community leaders from across Europe in signing an open letter in The Guardian in support of Black Italian politician Cécile Kyenge. Kyenge had been sued for defamation for calling the Italian League party racist.[13]

Other activitiesEdit

Government agenciesEdit

Non-profit organizationsEdit


  1. ^ a b Cottrell, Chris. German From Senegal Vies to Break Bundestag Barrier, New York Times, May 31, 2013.
  2. ^ Dr. rer. nat. Karamba Diaby, SPD
  3. ^ Chris Cottrell (September 23, 2013), 2 Blacks Voted To Parliament In Germany New York Times.
  4. ^ Jordans, Frank. Karamba Diaby, Senegal-born Chemist, Becomes Germany's First Black Lawmaker, Huffington Post, September 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Members Parlamentarische Linke.
  6. ^ Germany's only African-born MP finds office riddled with 'bullet holes', The Independent, 16 January 2020
  7. ^ "'Disgusting': Attack on office of Africa-born MP in Germany is slammed". euronews. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  8. ^ Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly Archived 24 May 2019 at the Wayback Machine Deutscher Bundestag.
  9. ^ Members of the Elie Wiesel Network European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM).
  10. ^ Andrea Dernbach, Cordula Eubel and Paul Starzmann (October 8, 2020), Neuer Ausschuss gegen Rassismus: Fraktionsübergreifend schließen sich Abgeordnete für mehr Vielfalt zusammen Der Tagesspiegel.
  11. ^ "Ergebnisse Halle - Der Bundeswahlleiter". www.bundeswahlleiter.de. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag - Karamba Diaby". Deutscher Bundestag (in German). Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  13. ^ We stand with Cécile Kashetu Kyenge The Guardian, October 12, 2018).
  14. ^ Advisory Board German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval).
  15. ^ Political Advisory Board Business Forum of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
  16. ^ Board German Africa Foundation.
  17. ^ Parlamentarischer Beirat setzt sich für die Stärkung von Gesundheitssystemen ein und will Vernachlässigten eine Stimme geben, 14 June 2018 German Network against Neglected Tropical Diseases (DNTDs).
  18. ^ Board of Trustees Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics.
  19. ^ Board of Trustees Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
  20. ^ Drucksache 19/1845: Wahl der Mitglieder des Stiftungsrates der „Deutschen Stiftung Friedensforschung (DSF)“ Bundestag.

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