Ibrahima Cheikh Diong
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Director General of the African Risk Capacity Group
Ibrahima Cheikh Diong has over 30 years of professional leadership and management experience in Africa, USA, Europe and Asia. Ibrahima’s areas of expertise include: corporate and investment banking, structured and blended finance, public-private partnership design, private sector development, among others. Prior to joining ARC, Ibrahima founded and served as the Chairman of the Dakar-based pan-African management, communication and investment advisory firm, Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT Afrique Group). Prior to ACT Afrique Group, Ibrahima held several senior positions; Senior Africa Banker at BNP Paribas out of London; Minister, Special Adviser and Ambassador- at-Large to the President of the Republic of Senegal; Ambassador and Director General of International Cooperation of Senegal; Permanent Secretary of Energy of Senegal; Chairman of the Board of Senegal Airlines; Manager at Africa Department of International Finance Corporation; Regional Coordinator for Africa for Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility at the World Bank. He has also served as the Africa Director at the US-based international management consulting firm, Booz-Allen and Hamilton, where he led its public utility privatization work in in Africa. Ibrahima graduated from the School of Int'l and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City with a Master’s degree in Int'l Affairs (MIA) specialized in International Finance and Environmental policy. He also holds a BSc. of Civil Engineering specialized in Water Resources Management from Hohai Int'l University, Nanjing, People's Republic of China. Ibrahima is perfectly fluent in English, French, Mandarin Chinese and Wolof, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.