Currently Mamadou Diakhite is the Acting Head the Environmental Sustainability Division at the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD – www.nepad.org), based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He leads, among other programs and activities, the AUDA-NEPAD work on the African Forest and Landscape Initiative (AFR100 – www.afr100.org), the Agriculture, Food Security and Environmental issues.
Prior to joining the NEPAD, he worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) contributing to implementation of UNEP Green Economy Initiative working mostly on trade opportunities in a green economy that took also into account the Rio + 20 outcomes, with a focus on Africa and Latin America.
Mamadou Diakhite started his international career at the UNFCCC Secretariat mostly providing support to least developed country (LDC) Parties and the LDC Expert Group (LEG) for the preparation and implementation of their national adaptation programs of action (NAPA) before joining the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as the Climate Change Programme Manager. Mamadou Diakhite holds two masters: a first one on international development and another one on natural resource management and sustainable development.