Dr. Josué Dioné became a member of the IFDC Board of Directors in 2011 and serves on the board’s Africa Committee.
He is Principal Technical Adviser, 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 has worked at UNECA, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, since 2001. UNECA promotes the economic and social development of its member states, fosters intraregional integration and promotes international cooperation for Africa’s development.
He has 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 has 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.
Photograph courtesy of IISD/Earth Negotiations Bulletin