Abou Bamba

Executive Secretary of the Convention for Co-operation Protection and Development 
Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern African Region

Mr. Abou Bamba is since March 2010 the Executive Secretary of the Convention for Co-operation Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern African Region (Abidjan Convention, 1983) which, brings together 22 African coastal countries and is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

He is also the Regional Coordinator of the UN Environment Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern African Region.

Before joining UNEP, he served from 2003 to 2010 as Coordinator for the Africa Region of the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Gland, Switzerland.

He was formerly Technical Advisor at the World Bank / International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) in the framework of the preparation of environmental policy documents (NEAP) in Sub-Saharan African countries with the Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa from 1994 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2003 Coordinator of the same Network at the African Development Bank (AfDB).

During his career he was a consultant for the Ford Foundation in New York, Chemonics International, Inc. Washington DC, the International Development Research Center (IDRC, Ottawa) and has published several studies in the field of environment and sustainable development in Africa.

He has received several academic awards and honors including the Excellency Award of the University of Quebec, the Excellency Award of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Government of Quebec, the Bourse de la Francophonie and Hewlett Packard Award from of the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. Abou Bamba holds an undergraduate degree in Port and Maritime Administration from the National Institute of International Transportation and Ports Management of Le Havre, France, a Master’s degree of Science in Economics and Management (maj: integrated oceans management) from the University of Quebec, Canada, a degree in Sustainable Management of the Environment at the University of California at Berkeley, United States, and several certificates in political economy of the environment from the Workd Bank Economic Development Institute, Washington D.C., USA.

He has extensive knowledge of issues related to sustainable development, climate change, renewable energy as well as green economy in Africa.

He is a citizen of Cote d’Ivoire and speaks French, English, Spanish and Mandingo.