Dieng Abdourahmane, PhD

Head Regional Security Division
Focal Point Maritime Security
ECOWAS Commission

Abdourahmane DIENG was born on March 31, 1964 in Dakar, Senegal. Originating from Prytanée Militaire of Saint Louis of Senegal (PMS), he is a retired senior officer of the Senegalese Gendarmerie. He has 35 years of service, as of November 24, 2019.

He  is  currently  the  HEAD  OF  THE  REGIONAL  SECURITY DIVISION  of  the  ECOWAS  Commission  and  the

PERMANENT SECRETARY of the West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO).

He was trained at the Royal Military Academy in Meknes, Morocco and did his specialization at the Superior Course of the Cadets School of National Gendarmerie (EOGN) in Melun, France. He holds the Diploma of the School of Administrative Officers of KOULIKIORO, Mali.

On the academic level, Abdourahmane DIENG holds:

  • A Certificate of University of Law and Criminal Sciences (DUDSC) from the University of Paris Sud, France
  • A Law Degree (License), on Public Administration specialty of Mohamed V University of Rabat, Morocco;
  • A Master’s degree in Public Law and Political Science (International Relations option) from Cheikh Anta DIOP University in Dakar, Senegal;
  • A Certificate of Advanced Studies in Political Science (Defense and Security option) (Post graduate) from Cheikh Anta DIOP University in Dakar, Senegal.
  • A Diploma of Advanced Studies Specialized in Fundamental Human Rights (Post graduate) of the Nantes University, France;
  • A  Diploma  on  Diplomatic  and  Strategic  Studies  (Post  Graduate)  from  the  Center  for  Diplomatic  and
  • Strategic Studies (CEDS) in Paris, France,
  • Master’s Degree in Management of Peace and Security in Africa (MPSA) Studies, Institute of Peace and Security Studies, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
  • Masters of Strategy and Security Administration (MASSA), Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria;
  • Doctoral Degree in Political Science, Atlantic International University, Honolulu, United States of America;
  • Ph.D. in Strategy and Security Studies, Nasarawa State University of Keffi (NSUK), Nasarawa, Nigeria. Dr  DIENG  is  also  a  graduated  of  the  Mac  Monroe  Aeronautical  Center  of  Oklahoma  City  (Airport  Security),

Oklahoma,  United  States  of  America;  the  Geneva  Center  for  Security  Policy  (GCSP),  Geneva,  Switzerland,  the Institute of Advanced Studies of National Defense (IHEDN, Paris, France; the Bamako Peacekeeping School in Mali; the Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC (DDR) in Accra, Ghana; the European Defense and Security Center (PEACEBUILDING) in Austria;  the African Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) of Washington, USA; and the Interregional Maritime Security Institute (ISMI), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He is also a specialist in Result Based Management (RBM).

After having held several positions within the National Gendarmerie of Senegal, Dr. DIENG was employed from 2000 to 2005 as Head of Study and Litigation Division (Legal Counsel) at the Ministry of Armed Forces of Senegal and worked within five (5) government’s cabinets; in addition to his duties, he was also the Permanent Secretary of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Senegal and Representative of the Ministry of Armed force within the National Commission of Fishing License Permit.

In 2005, Abdourahmane DIENG was recruited by the ECOWAS Commission as a Small Arms Program Officer. In

2008, Dr. DIENG was promoted to  the position of Head  of the Regional Security Division in charge of the fight against Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Border Security, Security Sector and Governance Reform, the fight against Transnational  Organized  Crime  (TOC),  the  Coordination  of  the  ECOWAS  Security  Services  and  Intelligence Committees (CCSS/I), as well as the Head of the West African Maritime Safety and Security program.

Dr. DIENG was involved in the development of all security strategies adopted by the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security of ECOWAS including the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (2006); the Political  Declaration  and  Regional  Action  Plan  on  Drugs  (Abuja  Declaration  2008),  the  ECOWAS  Political Declaration and the Counter-Terrorism Strategy (2013), the ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy (2014) and the ECOWAS Political Framework on Security Sector Reform and Governance (2016).

Dr DIENG played the role of lead negotiator for the design and implementation of the Maritime Security Architecture of the Gulf of Guinea and was the first Interim Executive Director of the Interregional Coordination Center (ICC) of Yaoundé, Cameroon.

He is the ECOWAS focal point for the implementation of the Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network (GOGIN), Support to  the  West  African  Maritime  Security  (SWAIMS)  and  the  West  African  Police  Information  System  (WAPIS) programs. He is also the focal point for the G5 Sahel and the ECCAS-ECOWAS cooperation for peace, security and stability.

DIENG Abdourahmane is a member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN).

He is fluent in English, French and Wolof and reads and writes Arabic and Spanish. He has a good command of the computer tool.