Summary of experience and qualifications

 

H.E. Abdoulaye Diop is a career diplomat, skilled negotiator and a proven mediator with over 20 years of experience. With a sound background and track record in highly strategic and political positions at the national and international levels, Abdoulaye Diop holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the International School of Public Administration (Paris, France).

 

Diop more recently served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali as the country was recovering from a political and security crisis. As Foreign Affairs Minister, Diop worked on behalf of the Malian government as chief negotiator in the drafting of the 2015 Algiers Peace Accords with rebel groups. This was a critical contribution to peace and stability in Mali and in the Sahel region.

 

As chair of the Council of Ministers of the G5 Sahel countries, Diop was instrumental in mobilizing international support for the operationalization of the G5 Sahel Joint Force aimed at combatting terrorism and setting a regional development agenda for the Sahel. Serving as Director of the World Food Program (WFP) Africa Office in Addis Ababa, he strengthened a partnership with the African Union on food security and nutrition. As Country Director of WFP in Malawi, Diop repositioned the organization as a partner to the government in food security and social safety nets.

 

Prior to working with the United Nations, Diop served as Mali’s Ambassador to the United States and Senior Diplomatic Advisor to two Presidents of Mali. He received a Doctorate Honoris Causa Degree in Public Service of Chatham University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He is fully bilingual in English and French.

Abdoulaye Diop

DIPLOMAT

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali (2014 – 2017)

  • Africa Director, UN World Food Program (2009 – 2014)

  • Ambassador of Mali to the United States (2003 – 2009)

OVERVIEW OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & GOVERNMENT POSITIONS
 
 
EDUCATION
2014-2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and African Integration

GOVERNMENT OF MALI, Bamako, Mali

2013-2014

Director, Africa Office

UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAM (WFP), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Representative to the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Secretariat)

2009-2012

Representative and Country Director

UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAM (WFP), Lilongwe, Malawi

2003-2009

Ambassador of Mali to the United States of America and Latin America

GOVERNMENT OF MALI, Washington, DC

2000-2003

Ambassador and Senior Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic of Mali

MALI’S PRESIDENT’S OFFICE, Bamako, Mali

1999-2000

Political and Diplomatic Adviser to the Foreign Minister of Mali

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Bamako, Mali

1992-1998

Coordinator for Mali/European Union Partnership and Programs

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Bamako Mali

1990-1992

Program Officer at the Directorate for International Cooperation

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, Bamako, Mali

 
1994

M.A., International Relations, with Honors

International Institute of Public Administration (IIAP), Paris, France

1994

M.A. in Diplomacy and Management of International Organizations

Jean Monnet School for International Studies, University Paris XI, France

1989

B.A. in Diplomacy (Political Science & International Relations), with Honors

National School of Administration (ENA), Algiers, Algeria

HONORS
 

Officer of the National Order of the Republic of Mali (2017)

Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit of the French Republic (2016)

Former Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the "Partnership for the Reduction of Hunger and Poverty in Africa", an independent research and advocacy group based in Washington, DC, USA

Golden Cowries Award (Cauris d’Or) for African Integration by the Movement of Senegalese Enterprises, Senegal (2017)

Doctor Honoris Causa in Public Service, Chatham University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (2009)

Former Chairman of the Committee of African Ambassadors on Trade and Economic Development in Washington, DC, USA

ABDOULAYE DIOP IN THE MEDIA
 
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