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Dr. Josué Dioné became a member of the IFDC board of directors in 2011 and serves on the board’s Africa Committee.

He has served as senior adviser of the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. He previously served as principal technical advisor, Policies and Markets for the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation. Dioné has more than 30 years of experience working with development policies, strategies and programs that focus on agriculture, food security and sustainable development in Africa.

Dioné worked at UNECA, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for several years. UNECA promotes the economic and social development of its member states, fosters intraregional integration and promotes international cooperation for Africa’s development.

He provided strong leadership and enhanced cooperation among UN agencies working on major sustainable development issues in Africa by providing catalytic support for the establishment of inter-agency groups on water (UN Water/Africa), energy (UN Energy/Africa) and biotechnology (UN Biotech/Africa). He also spearheaded initiatives to build effective partnerships with the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank on major continental programs regarding land policy and climate and development.

Prior to coming to UNECA, Dioné formulated strategies and policy guidelines as principal policy economist for the African Development Bank. He also coordinated and managed policy research, networking, dialogue and advisory services on agricultural development, food security and poverty reduction in West Africa as regional program coordinator for the Institut du Sahel in Bamako, Mali.

A citizen of Mali, Dioné holds doctorate and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Michigan State University (United States) and Université Laval (Canada), respectively.