Aisosa Erhahon

M.A. Student in International Development, Science Po Paris
  • France
Abdoulaye Mar Dieye

Special Coordinator for development in the Sahel at the level of Under Secretary-General, United Nations

Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of Senegal has been appointed as the Special Coordinator for development in the Sahel at the level of Under Secretary-General. Mr. Dieye is a macroeconomist and development expert with strong leadership experience in managing complex development portfolios over the last 35 years.  Through Security Council Resolution 2391 (2017) and the ECOSOC resolution 2020/2 (2020), Member States called for strengthening collective and integrated engagement across the Sahel region to arrest the deteriorating situation, recognizing the inter-linked nature of the security, humanitarian and development crises. The resolutions reaffirmed the centrality of the United Nations integrated strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) and its Support Plan (UNSP) in providing a comprehensive framework to strengthen governance, security and development in the region. In response, the Secretary-General is appointing the Special Coordinator who will lead collective efforts, including financing, to implement the UNISS and its Support Plan for a scaled-up UN  development response for the Sahel, drawing on all the UN’s assets in the region, engaging and supporting efforts of the G5 Sahel, the Sahel-Alliance, the Ministerial Coordination Platform, the ECOWAS, the African Union, the European Union, the World Bank, and the African Development Bank. Mr. Dieye has served as United Nations Assistant Secretary General (ASG) and Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator from 2019 to 2020. He was previously UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for the UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programmes Support from 2018 to 2019, and as ASG and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa from 2013 to 2018. He also served as Chief of Staff of the UNDP Administrator, and Director of UNDP’s Executive Office from 2009 to 2013, and as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States from 2006 to 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Dieye served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), as UN Resident Coordinator, UN Designated Official for Security; Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Dieye held several senior positions within the Government of Senegal,  as Chief of the General Planning Division and Technical Inspector in the Ministry of Planning and  Cooperation. He led the design of national development plans and international negotiations for  development financing.  M. Dieye is Ingénieur Statisticien Economiste graduated from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE-CESD) of the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (INSEE), Paris. He studied Advanced and Specialized Mathematics, at Lycée National du Parc, Lyon, France; and also holds a Masters in Development Studies – specialized in Economic Policy and Planning-EPP - from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Den Haag, The Netherlands.
Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, Executive Office of the Secretary-General , United Nations

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment. Ms. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Mohammed began her career working on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria. She served as an advocate focused on increasing access to education and other social services, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to four successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development. Ms. Mohammed has been conferred several honorary doctorates and has served as an adjunct professor, lecturing on international development. The recipient of various global awards, Ms. Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels. She is the mother of six children and has two grandchildren.
Lindiwe Matlali

Founder and CEO, Africa Teen Geeks

Lindiwe Matlali is the Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks; Africa's largest computer science education nonprofit and Apodytes an award winning technology company. Her numerous accolades Schwab Foundation Social Innovator of the Year, Queen Elizabeth II Point of Light Award, Mail & Guardian Top young South Africans, Destiny Magazine Power of 40 a list of South Africa's powerful women under 40, Top 50 most inspiring women in tech, MTN Women in ICT Community Builder Recognition Award and Fairlady/Santam Social Entrepreneur. She serves on the boards of Technology Innovation Agency, National Financial aid scheme and was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as Commissioner on the Presidential Fourth Industrial Revolution. She is the member of the World Economic Forum Edison Alliance Executive Network, Racial Equity Group and Education 4.0.
Rasa Dawson

Chief Development and Communications Officer, StrongMinds

Rasa Dawson is an experienced campaign manager with a keen interest in empowering women in Africa. She brings to StrongMinds extensive experience in working with influential supporters, increasing constituency, and elevating brand awareness, most recently at Oxfam America. Previously, she was Development Manager at Physicians for Social Responsibility. Rasa holds a Master’s of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a BA in International Development from Clark University.
Heather McGhee

Author, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. Her new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together is now available from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Her 2020 TED talk, “Racism Has a Cost for Everyone” reached 1 million views in just two months online. In the coming year, she will launch an original podcast on how to create cross-racial solidarity in challenging times. Heather has testified in Congress, drafted legislation, and developed strategies for organizations and campaigns that won changes to improve the lives of millions. For nearly two decades, she helped build the non-partisan "think and do" tank Demos, serving four years as president. Through her regular media appearances, she elevates the concerns of working families on programs including NBC’s “Meet the Press”. She is the chair of the board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization, and volunteers for numerous other boards in the fields of philanthropy and social justice. Heather graduated from Yale University and the University of California Berkeley School of Law, and has honorary degrees from Muhlenberg College and Niagara University.