H.E. Hery Rajaonarimampianina was born to a modest family. He lived in Sabotsy Namehana, neighbourhood of Antananarivo, Madagascar. In 1982, President Rajaonarimampianina obtained a Master of Bunsiness Administration degree at the Etablissement d’Enseignement Supérieur de Droit, d’Economie, de Gestion et de Sciences Sociales (EESDEGS) – Université d’Ankatso Antananarivo. He then moved to Canada to complete his training in finance and accounting at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, receiving a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in accounting science in 1986. President Rajaonarimampianina obtained the Canadian Diploma of Accounting from the Certified General Accountant’s Association (C.G.A) in 1991.

In 1991, President Rajaonarimampianina went back to Madagascar and worked as an accountant. He also became the studies director of the National Institute for Business Administration and Accounting Science (INSCAE) in Antananarivo as well as a teaching assistant at the Antananarivo University and at the Institute of Business Administration (IAE) of the Metz University, France.

In 1995, President Rajaonarimampianina created the accountant firm Auditeurs Associes – C.G.A, in Antananarivo. With 50 associates, the firm operates throughout Madagascar for national and international private sector companies.

In 2003 he was elected President of the Ordre des Experts Comptables et Commissaires aux Comptes de Madagascar (Professional Order of Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors of Madagascar) and appointed Vice-President of the Conseil Supérieur de la Comptabilité (Superior Accounting Council) and Counsel of the Comité pour la Sauvegarde de l’Intégrité (Committee for the Safeguarding of the Integrity).

In 2009, President Rajaonarimampianina became Minister of Finance and Budget, at a time marked by the withdrawal of the main international lenders from Madagascar. He has been CEO of Air Madagascar since 2011.

President Rajaonarimampianina set up the political organization Hery Vaovao hoan'i Madagasikara (New Forces for Madagascar) in 2013 and ran for Presidency with 32 other competitors. He won the elections and became President of Madagascar on 25 January 2014.

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