Rama Yade (born Mame Ramatoulaye Yade on December 13, 1976 in Ouakam, Senegal) is a French politician who has served in the government of France since 2007. She is currently the Secretary of State for Sports and married to Joseph Zimet - son of famous Yiddish singer Ben Zimet, an adviser to Secretary of State Jean-Marie Bockel.
Yade comes from a Lebou family. Her mother Aminata Kandji was a professor and her father Djibril Yade, also a professor, was the personal secretary of Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor. Yade was educated in Catholic schools and then at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, where she graduated in 2000.
Yade worked at the Paris city hall and the National Assembly before becoming an administrator in the Senate in 2002. She joined the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) political party in 2005 and became National Secretary in charge of Francophonie in 2006. She credits Nicolas Sarkozy's charisma with making her want to join the UMP.