He is an educator and a retired diplomat and senior UN official from Sudan. He got a Doctorate in Literature from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1974 and taught French language and literature at the University of Khartoum then served as Sudan ambassador to France, the Vatican, Portugal and Switzerland and as Sudan Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.
He joined UNECSO in 1996 and served as Director of UNESCO’s Regional Program for Emergency Education and Culture of Peace, based in Nairobi, as well as UNESCO Representative to the Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Somalia, Tanzania, as well as to the African Union, the ECA and IGAD.
In 2002 he was appointed as the United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Burundi, where he played his part in putting an end to the civil war in that country.
Dr. Satti has an extensive experience in mediation, conflict resolution and culture of peace.
Dr. Satti is a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Senior Regional Advisor to the Helsinki-based Conflict Management Initiative (CMI).
Dr. Satti is an author of a number of articles in Arabic, English and French on issues of identity, inter-cultural relations and culture of peace. He authored three books in Arabic on the failures of the Sudanese elite, a message to the new generation as well as on his own experience as a cancer survivor.