The Hub has a small and neutral structure made up of hig-level experts. It calls upon highly qualified external consultants.

M. Yamar Mbodj, Excecutive Director

He has over 30 years experience in agriculture particularly in the coordination and facilitation of multidisciplinary teams, driving process and operational strategic thinking involving several countries, support for political dialogue between actors and the support for the formulation of regional strategies and so on.

From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Yamar Mbodj worked as Advisor Agriculture / NEPAD at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, where he contributed to the definition and implementation of regional agricultural policy, ECOWAP / CAADP and its investment programs at national and regional levels.

Between April 1994 and July 2004 he served as Advisor and Coordinator of food security activities strategic thinking to the Executive Secretary of CILSS in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He managed the Sahel 21 process that led to a vision of Sahel and the Memorandum of Banjul in which "The Sahel and their partners engage in a second generation contract renewed cooperation in the service of the Sahel." He also coordinated the definition of the strategic framework for sustainable food security with a view to fight against poverty in the Sahel.

From 1974 to 1994 he worker as teacher and researcher. Respectively, he was coordinator of research programs at ISRA (1981-1991) and expert trainer at CILSS, AGRHYMET, Niamey (Niger) in agriculture (1991-1994).

Yamar Mbodj is a Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He attended the ENCR Bambey (Senegal) where he majored with a Diploma of Agricultural Engineering (1971-1973).

Finally, his profile, his knowledge of national and most regional institutions, particularly in West Africa and Central, its capacity for dialogue and knowledge of the institutions of bilateral and multilateral cooperation are major assets in this second phase of the Rural Hub

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M. Vincent Basserie, Expert on land policies

Before joining the HUB, Vincent BASSERIE hold down from November 2000 till February 2006, the function of Adviser on land tenure issues of the Director of studies and planning to the Burkenese Ministry of Agriculture, of the Hydraulic and the Halieutic resources. He played a role of catalyst to renew the treatment of the land tenure questions on the political, institutional and technical plans: creation of a National Committee for the Land (Basic) Reassurance in rural areas; methodological conception and launch of a participative process of land reform.

In 1999 and 2000, Vincent Basserie was Representative at the Head office of the International Cooperation and Development of the French Ministry of the Foreign affairs. He notably piloted all the activities of this Ministry on the rural land tenure questions. In 1997 and 1998, he brought a technical assistance to the project Rural Land Plan of Côte d’Ivoire, where he un contributed to improve the methodologies of demographic and socio-land inquiries, land advertisement and created a system of quantitative and qualitative follow-up of field activities.

Vincent Basserie is Engineer of the Rural Genius of Waters and Forests specialized in tropical agronomy, awarded a diploma by the Superior National School of Agronomy of Rennes ( ENSAR), of the National Establishment of Agronomic superior education of Dijon ( ENESAD) and by the National Centre of Agronomic Study of the Warm Regions ( CNEARC).

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M. Abdoulaye Seye, Financial Expert

Before joining the Rural Hub, Abdoulaye Seye assumed the responsibilities of Head of Computer Unit and Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Agency Plan for a return to Agriculture (ANREVA) as an Expert in Rural Development Strategy from 2008 to 2011.

From 2002 to 2007, Abdoulaye Seye, Independent Consultant, provided extensive support services to the agricultural value chain development and strengthening of producer organizations in Senegal. During this period, he participated in the implementation of funding arrangements with the Rural Services Fund demand-driven (FSRRD) Program of Agricultural Services and Producer Organizations Support (PSAOP).

Between 1999 - 2001 Abdoulaye Seye has served as Chief of the Division of Research and Technological Consultancy Services to the African Centre for Technology (ARCT), an intergovernmental organization that supports the development of agribusiness in Africa. Its activity was focused on the modernization of processing units of agricultural products through training, technology transfer and financial facilitation. In addition, from 1981 to 1998, Abdoulaye Seye has led to the Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, many misiones in the development of the groundnut sector, cereal and horticulture. There are also contributed to the establishment of an assessment system for agricultural land suitability.

Abdoulaye Seye is Agri-Financial Engineer graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Sciences Agronomiques Appliquées (ENSSAA) Dijon - Option Dynamics of Agricultural Production Systems, the African Centre for Advanced Studies in Management (CESAG) Dakar - MBF Option Financial Markets and Corporate Finance and the National School of Bambey (ENCR). He also holds an English License Certificate (LC) at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.

M. Marwan Ladki, Expert on Climate Change & Food Security

Dr. Marwan Ladki is a Natural Resources Management Specialist focusing his activities on adaptation to climate change and variability in Africa. He joined the Rural Hub in April 2011 to lead its thematic sector on Climate Change & Food Security.
Before joining the Rural Hub, he worked for the World Bank Group in Washington (HQ) as Water Specialist in the Climate Change unit of the World Bank Institute (WBI). He was in charge of implementing capacity building initiatives for Climate Adaptation in Agriculture and Water Resources Management for national and regional African institutions (e.g. governments, training and research institutes), and led the development of WBI’s activities on West Africa to work with the regional institutions and economic communities (e.g. ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS, 2iE). He also took part to several initiatives with the World Bank Operations Division for developing small-scale irrigation in West Africa, from film making to investment project supervision.
Prior this multilateral experience, he worked in bilateral cooperation for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2007 to 2009, he was seconded to the GWP West Africa (Global Water Partnership) as Technical Advisor of the Executive Secretary, based in Burkina Faso. Aside supporting GWP/WA development and strategy, he contributed to the definition of National Plans for Integrated Water Resources Management in the West African countries, and the creation and strengthening of Country Water Partnerships.
At first, Dr. Marwan Ladki is a Water Engineer from the French National School for Water and Environment Engineering (ENGEES, Strasbourg), holding a MSc. in Water & Environmental Sciences from the French National School for Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry (ENGREF, Montpellier). He then got specialized in Social Sciences through a Master of Management in Management & Dynamics of Organizations from the French National School for Management and Engineering (ENSMP, Paris), and a PhD in Management Sciences applied to Irrigation Management. He did his PhD in Montpellier (France) within the CEMAGREF/CIRAD/IRD/ENGREF Joint Research Unit on Water Management, in partnership with AgroParisTech and the Center for Scientific Management from ENSMP. His thesis deals with the operational ways to manage and fund the multifunctionality of irrigation schemes. He is the author of numerous publications, including peer-reviewed books and articles, on the urbanization of irrigation schemes, the multiple-use of irrigation systems, and the management of Water User Associations.

M. Papa Alassane Mbaye, Communication Assistant

Prior to The Hub, he served between 2004 and 2010 at the Ecological Monitoring Centre as head of the Information Center and managed the website. In this activities, he led the development of the national environmental information network (RESINE) and was a member of the editorial board report on the state of the environment in Senegal (2005 and 2010 editions).

Between 2002 and 2004 he contributed to the implementation of several information systems (websites and databases) for important institutions in Senegal: ministries, the Presidency and notaries’ offices instead.

He holds a Higher Diploma in Information Sciences and Communication option library web oriented . He later attended a refresher course on the use of ICT in university libraries at the Univertiste Libre de Bruxelles. He also has a mastery degree of Geography from University Cheikh Anta Diop.

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Crédits: AK-Project