AFRICATALYST is an independent, global development advisory firm that strives to build partnerships between global and local actors to promote innovative, evidence-based solutions to Africa’s development challenges.

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AFRICATALYST prides itself on relying on a team of passionate, dedicated, and talented experts and professionals who are committed to helping catalyze positive change in Africa, building on their rich experience and expertise on policy and development issues.

Who We Are:

Daouda Sembene, Managing Partner

Daouda was an Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund where he represented 23 African countries on the Executive Board. During his IMF board tenure, he chaired the statutory Board Committee that was tasked with strengthening collaboration at the board level between the IMF and other international institutions, notably the World Bank Group, the United Nations, and WTO. He was also a senior economic advisor to the President of Senegal with ministerial rank. More recently, he provided consulting services to the G20 Saudi Secretariat, the IMF, and the World Bank. In addition, he is affiliated with the Center for Global Development as a Distinguished Nonresident Fellow. Daouda served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Economy, Finance, and Planning in Senegal. In that capacity, he was appointed as the IMF and World Bank Alternate Governor for Senegal and sat on a number of boards on behalf of the ministry. He also served briefly as Head of the Financial Sector and Competitiveness General Directorate in the same ministry. He began his career at the World Bank in Washington as part of a team of lecturers in macroeconomic management. Daouda holds a PhD in development economics from American University in Washington and master’s degrees from George Washington University, the University of Montreal, and the University of Dakar. He has authored, and contributed to several publications, including a book on macroeconomic policy in fragile countries published by Oxford University Press.

Ali Mansoor, Senior Advisor

Ali served as the Financial Secretary in Mauritius from 2006 to 2013, where he formulated and implemented a wide-ranging reform program. He was the first African Chair of the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2012. At the International Monetary Fund, he was an Assistant Director from 2013 to 2019 and headed the Development Issues Unit, responsible for developing IMF policy towards Developing countries. He was also in charge of one of the West African Divisions at the IMF and mission chief for Senegal. Ali was CEO of the COMESA Clearing House (1997-1999) and led efforts to restructure the institution. He has also worked as a Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for the Europe and Central Asia Region in the World Bank (2003-06); led evaluations in the Independent Evaluation Office of the IMF (2001-03); been a senior economist in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department (1999-2001) and spent three years at the EU Directorate for Development from 1992 to 1995. Ali has written on resilience to natural disasters, regional integration, privatization, migration, fiscal decentralization, and capacity development. This includes three books he led and edited at the IMF on Middle Income Countries in Africa, the political economy of reform in Senegal, and the informal sector in Africa. Nowadays, Ali Mansoor is the Chairman of the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (RMCE) set up by the Government of Mauritius, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) to promote reform in Africa through peer learning and peer support. He is also the COO of the Development Enterprise Network, a not-for-profit think and do tank focused on implementation of reforms in Africa. Ali is also an Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius.

Thiaba Camara Sy, Senior Advisor

Throughout a 33-year long career in the fields of auditing, accounting and management consulting, Thiaba has served numerous public institutions and private companies in virtually all sectors of the West African economy allowing her to develop a solid international professional network. She managed for 27 years Deloitte Senegal, the consulting, accounting and auditing firm that she founded in 1990 and served for 8 years (2009 to 2017) on the board of directors of Deloitte Africa, the Holding grouping together all the member firms of the Deloitte network in French-speaking Africa; Then, she briefly joined the partnership of Afig Funds, a leading African private equity firm, of which she was Chief Operating Officer in 2017 and 2018. Thiaba is the co-founder and chair of the board of directors of WIC CAPITAL, the first impact fund dedicated to supporting women's entrepreneurship in West Africa. This fund aims to put women entrepreneurs in contact with modern financial instruments and is supported by the Women’s Investment Club (WIC Senegal), founded by 4 women including Thiaba. She also sits as a non-executive director on the boards of leading Senegalese companies including La Laiterie du Berger, PAYDUNYA and FAR Limited Senegal. Thiaba is also very involved in the associative world. This is how she sits on the board of directors of TOSTAN International, of which she also chairs the audit committee. For the past two years, Thiaba has focused primarily on investment activities, financial inclusion, company administration and support for women entrepreneurs.

Fabrice Ndjodo, Senior Advisor

Fabrice Ndjodo is the founder and Managing Partner of Afrotopia Capital (www.afrotopia.co), an investment firm that partners exclusively with family-owned businesses and operates in West and Central Africa. Fabrice was Managing Director at Tana Africa Capital, an Africa-focused private equity firm with US$600m AUM based in Johannesburg and Abidjan and jointly owned by the Oppenheimer family and Temasek Holdings. Previously, Fabrice worked at Liquid Africa, a financial advisory firm based in Johannesburg, as Executive Director in charge of the Corporate Finance division. He focused primarily on capital raising transactions (debt and/or equity) for companies operating in sub-Saharan Africa and in need of growth capital. He also worked at Macquarie First South Securities as a Sell-side Equity Research Analyst based in Johannesburg covering 9 diversified industrials stocks listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Prior to this, Fabrice worked as an Associate at Macquarie Securities based in New York in the Corporate Finance & Private Equity division. He focused primarily on toll roads and Class I railways transactions in the United States. He started his career working as an Investment Analyst within Corporate Advisory Services at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) based in Washington D.C. Corporate Advisory Services was acting as sell-side financial advisor to governments in emerging markets on privatizations and public-private partnerships. Fabrice holds a MSc in Finance and International Management from HEC Paris, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Fabrice currently lives in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, with his family. He is married and has three children. He is Cameroonian. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Ibrahima Sar, Senior Advisor

Mr. Ibrahima Sar is Principal Inspector of the Treasury, he graduated in Development Economics from the Center for Studies and Research on International Development (CERDI). Professionally, he was Minister Delegate in charge of Energy from 2010 to 2012 as well as Minister Delegate in charge of the Budget from 2007 to 2008. As part of his duties at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, he monitored the budgetary and financial reforms applied by Senegal, as part of the harmonization of the legal and regulatory framework of the Member States of the Economic Union and West African currency. In particular, he coordinated the transposition of directives from WAEMU member states, including the organic law on finance laws, the budget nomenclature, and the State Chart of Accounts. Mr. Sar also personally administered the installation of the Computerized Public Finance Management System (SIGFIP) at the General Directorate of Finance, presiding over all the work and services of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. He participated in the launch of several promising projects including ASTER corresponding to the automation of accounting operations for public accountants. In addition, Ibrahima was a member of the Board of Directors of Sonatel, a leading telecoms company in Senegal, BICIS (BNP Paribas subsidiary), LONASE, La Société nationale '' La Poste ', among others. He is currently Managing Director of a SOMIVA mining company, and Director of commercial banks (Banque Atlantique Senegal and Banque Outarde), where he chairs a Risk Committee and a Credit Committee.

Paolo Zacchia, Senior Advisor

Paolo Zacchia is a development economist with more than two decades of experience in economic policy, applied economic research, and policy dialogue. A former Lead Economist at the World Bank, he has written and researched extensively on Macroeconomic and Growth policy, Public Expenditure reviews including in the Security Sector, Sector-wide structural reforms including in the Energy, Telecom and Governance sectors. He is used to lead large teams, negotiate with complex clients, and engage in collaborative work processes respectful of local political and cultural environments. He holds a PhD in Economics from Cambridge University, UK, and BA in Economics from the University of Florence, Italy.

Daniel Citrin, Senior Advisor

As a strategic leader, Daniel guided strategic policy operations in the IMF for over 25 years. Strategic projects include leading reforms to the process of formulating and monitoring IMF operational budget, advising the Managing Director on the IMF’s rapid response to the European crisis, and co-chairing the comprehensive review of IMF’s compensation and benefits framework. Having been Director of the Office of Budget and Planning for almost 10 years and Chief of Staff of the Managing Director at the IMF, Daniel has managed complex operations in both economics and budget and strategic planning functions. Leveraging his residence in Asia for over 20 years, Daniel has acquired extensive operational and research experience, making him a Trusted Advisor on Japan and Asia. As a financial crisis manager, he led several important crisis management and lending operations, including Indonesia, Russia and Jamaica. Daniel is currently an independent consultant and strategic advisor based in Washington.

Francis Dogo, Senior Advisor

Francis Dogo is a seasoned international development specialist who, until recently, was serving as an Adviser to the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank. The Bank is the primary multilateral development financial institution in Africa, with members in 54 African and 26 non-African countries and operations of about 10 billion USD per annum. Before joining the African Development Bank, Francis was with the Development Gateway, a US-based global organization set up by the World Bank to improve development effectiveness using information technology. He started his career there as a young professional and rose to become its interim CEO and COO. Before being promoted to COO, He oversaw country operations, leading a team of about 60 talented individuals who worked mainly from Africa and Asia as a cohesive unit to achieve the institution’s objectives. Francis’ multi-country and multi-sector experience, including Bloomberg Financial Markets and the United Nations, gives him a unique perspective that combines management, diplomatic, and analytical skillsets in solving complex issues and leading diverse teams. Francis is known to be a go-to person who is a problem solver with a strong work ethic. He brings along the necessary gravitas and confidence to operate at the highest levels of decision-making and ready access to most decision-makers in governments across Africa. He is a staunch afro-optimist and believes efficient public-private partnerships are crucial to the continent’s development. Francis holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Licence en sciences commerciales (BA) from the Institut Superieur de commerce L. Cooremans in Belgium.

Fenohasina Rakotondrazaka Maret, Senior Advisor

Fenohasina Rakotondrazaka Maret is a development economist with more than 12 years of experience. She was recently an economist at the Office of the President of the Republic of Madagascar and a senior research associate in the Urban Institute’s Center on International Development and Governance where she oversaw a public sector system strengthening project in Tanzania. She has been a guest scholar in the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, an economic adviser to the Irish Embassy in Tanzania, and a research consultant to the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR and nongovernmental organizations in various countries. Her work focuses on digital transformation of public administration, economic growth, development financing, sovereign wealth fund, poverty reduction, budget support, public expenditure and financial management, governance, international trade, agriculture, health, nutrition, and gender. She also taught international trade in the master’s program in applied economics at Georgetown University. Feno holds a master’s degree in economics from University of Antananarivo in Madagascar and a doctorate degree in economics from George Washington University. She speaks Malagasy, French and English.

Saturnin TOUDONOU, Consultant - Trainer

Accounting Auditor and Management Controller
Holder of a Master in Audit and Management Control, Saturnin is a young and ambitious Beninese with experience in his field. He works in the positions of Accounting and Financial Manager, Administrative Manager, Accounting and Financial Manager, Chief Accountant whereby he ensures the administrative, financial and accounting management. He is responsible for the good administrative and financial management of the company. His role is to accompany the strategic development of the company, to enable it by bringing the methods of accounting and financial management, and to ensure the smooth running of the analytical, accounting, and financial business on a daily basis. Saturnin TOUDONOU is a proven trainer in his field. He conducts seminars and teaches in prestigious universities in Senegal including SUP DE CO Dakar and UCAO St Michel.

Yacine Ndiaye, Project Manager

Yacine was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal however her studies allowed her to experience other places. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of North Texas in the United States. Later, after being awarded the prestigious Rotary Global Scholarship, she moved to Geneva where she completed her master’s degree in Global Health at the University of Geneva with a specialization in Epidemiology for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland. As a global health professional, Yacine has worked as a consultant for international organizations such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF supporting the management of immunization programs. In addition to her experience in immunization, she also has knowledge and experience in gender, sexual and reproductive health, and digital health advocacy. Yacine is a dynamic and passionate young woman who aims to leverage her gender and global health expertise to help catalyze change in the development industry in Africa.

Fatoumata Ba Niang, Accountant

Fatoumata graduated with a double degree in Economic and Social Administration and in Client Portfolio Accounting in France. Having obtained a Master 1 in Audit and Management Control, and looking for training to fit in the development field, she decided to complete her last year of study in Project Management. She worked at Mazars France and Radio France. Then she decided to return to Senegal where she had the opportunity to increase her experience at AXA Senegal to finally join the family of AFRICATALYST.

Bineta Pouye, Office Manager

Bineta holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Foreign Languages ​​and a Master's degree in Intercultural Management, Communications and Events Planning from the Catholic University of Lyon. Through her studies in France, her internships in Spain and her childhood lived in Kenya, Bineta combined her love of languages ​​with the knowledge acquired during her studies to become a corporate event planner in an events planning agency called People No Limit and then a Marketing & Communications Manager for Archenis, a communications agency. She has worked with several companies including Sonatel, Allianz, Deloitte, Total, and FBN Bank among others.