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Hon. Abdoulaye Diop

Hon. Abdoulaye Diop is the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mali. Before that he served as Country Director for the World Food Programme in Malawi from 2010. From May 2003 to the winter of 2009, he served as the Ambassador of Mali to the United States. During his tenure in the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Diop actively advocated for increased attention on agriculture, rural development, and food security as key priorities to economic development assistance from Washington. From 2000 to 2003, he acted as the diplomatic adviser to President Alpha Oumar Konaré and President Amadou Toumani Touré.
He played an active role, working closely with the President, at a period of time when Mali assumed the chairmanship of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and the WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) (2000-2001) at the same time, which boosted the sub-regional integration process. He also monitored the initiatives taken for the creation of the African Union in which Mali played a very active role. Prior to being the diplomatic adviser to the President, Ambassador Diop acted as the advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of political and diplomatic issues (1999–2000).
Ambassador Diop has been member of several national delegations that attended regional and international conferences to discuss issues such as regional integration, economic development, peace and security. He also had the privilege of overseeing Mali’s participation in the Security Council of the United Nations in 2000 and 2001. In the same period of time, Ambassador Diop was very active in the NEPAD process in which he was deputized by the President to be a member of the Steering Committee.
He was the founder and Chair of the Committee of African Ambassadors on Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD). He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa.
Ambassador Diop holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the International Institute of Public Administration in France, and a Masters degree in Management of International Organizations from the University of Paris XI.