The Conference of Parties (CoP) of the African Risk Capacity (ARC) has elected Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, of the Republic of Senegal as the new ARC Group Director General, for a term of four years.
Diong is Founder and Chairman of the Dakar-based Advisory firm, Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT Afrique Group), and has over 30 years of professional leadership and management experience in Africa, the US, Europe and Asia.
His areas of expertise include private sector development, resource mobilization, strategic planning, change management, infrastructure development, financial engineering, strategic communication, environmental policy management, civil engineering, public policy development, public private partnership development.
He was previously a Senior Africa Banker/Advisor of BNP Paribas in London for over 3 years, prior to which, he held several high-level positions in the government of Senegal.
These positions included Minister, Special Adviser and Ambassador at large to the President of the Republic, Chairman of the Board of Senegal Airlines, Director General of International Cooperation and Permanent Secretary of Energy.
Diong’s other previous senior positions include Regional Coordinator for Africa of the Public Private Infrastructure and Advisory Facility (PPIAF) and Manager of the SME Solutions Centers (SSCs) at the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, respectively, and Associate/Africa Director at Booz-Allen & Hamilton in the US.
He had also served as a senior consultant to several African and the American governments, UN agencies, international Foundations, African and International private companies and think tanks as well as Director of the Water Resources and Environment of the African Network for Integrated Development.