Born in Ouellé on June 30, 1943, Daniel Kablan Duncan is married with one child.
He holds a degree in Business Engineering from the University of Nancy, a diploma in International Business Engineering and a diploma from the British and Spanish consular chambers.
He began his career as a senior official in 1970 as the Deputy Director of Interventions and External Economic Relations at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Three years later, he was hired by the IMF as a “Special Appointee.”
In 1974, he joined the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) as the head of the research department at the Abidjan office, then Deputy National Director, and Director General of the National Social Insurance Fund [Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale].
His career as a government official began in July 1990 when he was appointed Minister of Economy and Finance under President Félix Houphouët-Boigny.
He went on to occupy several ministerial positions, including serving as Prime Minister from December 1993 to December 1999 under Henri Konan Bédié, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs in June 2011, and Prime Minster once again from November 2012 to January 2017.
On January 10, 2017, Daniel Kablan Duncan was appointed Vice President of the Republic by President Alassane Ouattara. He is the first to occupy this position created by the Constitution of November 8, 2016 establishing the Third Republic.