Dr. Youba Sokona, co-chair, Working Group III
Sokona was the Executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) from June 2004 to May 2010. A citizen of Mali, Sokona focuses on the environment and sustainable development nexus and he has broad experience in Africa in policy development. Before joining OSS, he was the coordinator of the energy programme and the executive secretary for international relations of “Environnement et Développement du Tiers Monde” (ENDA), an international non-profit organization based in Dakar, Senegal.
Prior to ENDA he taught at “Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs” of Bamako in Mali. Throughout his career, Sokona has served in various advisory capacities to African governments. He has published several books and articles on the issues of energy, environment and development with a focus on Africa.