In Focus: Moving Towards Africa’s Integration

In Focus: Moving Towards Africa’s Integration

Interview with Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Date: August 19, 2015

Guest: Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

In this special edition of In Focus, we interview Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on what needs to be done to accelerate Africa’s Integration following the 2nd African Leadership Forum organized by former President Benjamin Mkapa, with the support of UONGOZI Institute.

Mr. Abdoulie Janneh was the Under- Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) from 2005 to 2012.
Before joining ECA, Mr. Janneh served as Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa from June 2000 to October 2005. In that capacity, he managed the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) largest Regional Bureau, covering 45 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with a complement of over 1,500 staff. Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions in UNDP and its affiliated funds, including Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Ghana (1996-1999) and Niger (1993-1996), as well as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1990-1993).

In Focus, a television series produced by UONGOZI Institute, presents an in-depth overview into the key issues affecting sustainable development in Africa.

Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Mr. Abdoulie Janneh was the Under- Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) from 2005 to 2012.

Before joining ECA, Mr. Janneh served as Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa from June 2000 to October 2005. In that capacity, he managed the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) largest Regional Bureau, covering 45 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with a complement of over 1,500 staff. Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions in UNDP and its affiliated funds, including Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Ghana (1996-1999) and Niger (1993-1996), as well as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1990-1993).

After ECA, Mr. Janneh joined the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, where he currently serves as the Executive Director, Liaison with Governments and Institutions in Africa for the Foundation.

He holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning Studies from the University of Nottingham in England. He also graduated from Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone (Engineering Science) and undertook post-graduate studies in Project Planning and Appraisal at the University of Bradford in England.