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African Union: ARC Conference of Parties (CoP) Elects New Director-General

ARC Group Director General,Ibrahima Cheikh Diong.


By Barnabas Esiet.

The Conference of Parties (CoP) of the African Risk Capacity (ARC), has elected Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, of the Republic of Senegal as the new ARC Group Director General, for a term of four (4) years.


The search process for a new Director-General was undertaken by the ARC Group Director-General Selection Committee that was established by the Joint Board.


The Selection Committee was composed of members of the ARC Agency Governing Board, ARC Ltd Board, representatives of the AU Commission and the World Food Programme, and partners.


The Search Committee was assisted by an executive search firm; and the position was widely advertised on the ARC website, leading print media on the continent, and shared with relevant professional networks.


An initial list of shortlisted three (3) best candidates was circulated to the CoP for the election.


In a statement signed by the agency’s Senior Communication Specialist, Chinedu Moghalu, ARC noted that the election of Diong, which was ‘without objection’ from all the Members, was consistent with provisions of the Procedure for Electing the Director General which calls for consensus by the Parties, to the extent possible.


The CoP commended the ARC Agency Governing Board and the Board of Directors of ARC Insurance Company Ltd (Joint Board) for putting in place a competitive and transparent process for the selection of the ARC Group DG.


The ARC Group DG-elect, Mr. Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, Founder and Chairman of the Dakar-based Advisory firm, Africa Consulting and Trading (ACT Afrique Group), has over 30 years of professional leadership and management experience in Africa, the United States, Europe and Asia.


Mr Diong holds a Masters’ degree in International Affairs (MIA) with specialisations in international finance and environmental policy management from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City. This is in addition to a Bachelor of Civil Engineering specializing in water resources management from Hohai International University in Nanjing, People`s Republic China among other professional and industry credentials.


He is fluent in English, French, Mandarin Chinese and Wolof, with a working knowledge of Portuguese.


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