Dr Omar Diouf joined GGGI on May 3rd, 2021. He is Senegalese, with background research experience on Plant Ecophysiology with CERAAS, a regional West African Center specialized in research on drought adaptation. After this research experience he worked as Science Coordinator and Team Leader in the Millennium Villages Project of Potou c/o UNDP in Senegal. He was providing overall scientific coordination and management oversight of the implementation of Millennium Development Goals. He also worked as Scientific Coordinator & Deputy Director of CARBAP, a regional Center for Central Africa in Cameroon. He was providing input for defining the global strategy of the regional research center in terms of scientific organization, deliveries and fundraising along the plantain and banana value chains. He joined back after the Millennium Villages Project as Regional Operations Manager for Millennium Promise, West and Central Africa. Lastly before joining GGGI Burkina Faso as Regional Lead Africa, CSA & Rural Energy, he was leading a USAID-funded nutrition sensitive agriculture project in Mali with World Vegetable Center.
Having worked in both West Africa and Central Africa he has extended experience in integrated agricultural research for development, community/institution development, food security/poverty reduction and other cross-cutting sectors like education/health/nutrition/WASH/rural energy & infrastructures.