On 7 January 2021, the UN Secretary-General announced the appointment of Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of Senegal as the Special Coordinator for development in the Sahel.
In his role of Special Coordinator for development in the Sahel, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye will lead collective efforts to implement the United Nations integrated strategy for the Sahel and its Support Plan for a scaled-up UN development response for the Sahel.
Abdoulaye Mar Dieye graduated from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) with an MA Economic Policy and Planning. He is a macroeconomist and development expert with strong leadership experience in managing complex development portfolios over the last 35 years.
He is currently Special Adviser to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has held several positions in UNDP and within the government of Senegal.
Congratulations to Abdoulaye Mar Dieye on this new leading position.