Aissa Toure Sarr is a Senegalese national with over 25 years of extensive experience working in three continents and twelve countries for five international organisations. She joined the African Development Bank (AfDB), Rwanda Office in March 2021. Prior to that, Aissa worked as the Country Director for Burundi and in different roles in IFAD from 2011 to 2021. Prior to joining the UN system, Aissa worked as the country representative at Water Aid (2003 –2007) and as deputy director for West Africa at Oxfam America (2007-2009). She was with Sahara and Sahel Observatory-OSS, working as a research for development programme coordinator in 2009-2010. From 2009 to 2011, she worked as an independent consultant, focusing mainly on climate change and financing, as well as monitoring and evaluation of projects.
Aissa holds a post-graduate degree (D.E.S.S) in rural sector, enterprise development and food processing project management (1993), a Master’s in economics and project financing engineering (1992), a BSc, in economics and project financing engineering (1991), and Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Economy (1990), all from University of Montpellier I, France.