Viviane Bakayako is the director of Citibank’s West & Central Africa Global Subsidiaries Group in Côte d’Ivoire. With nearly 20 years of experience in the banking sector, her career focuses on sustainable growth of profitability coupled with an efficient control environment. Prior to her current post, Ms. Bakayoko held the position of Director General in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a period of 5 years, also under Citibank. Ms. Bakayako also holds an MBA from the University of Nantes.
Jim Dutton is Bechtel’s Region President for Africa, responsible for the business portfolio across the continent.
Previously he was program director for the Gabon Infrastructure Program, developing and implementing a national infrastructure plan and establishing a government agency to deliver projects. He also worked on the Doha International Airport and Jubail Industrial City, the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi and later as Operations Manager for Infrastructure and Aviation.
Mr. Ebobissé is the CEO of Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform capitalized by the African Development Bank and over 20 African countries and central banks. Prior to Africa50, he was Global Head for the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund (“IFC InfraVentures”), overseeing a team of experienced infrastructure specialists in the development of and investment in numerous infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
He also served as Chief Investment Officer in the Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department of the International Finance Corporation, and held several positions in the financial sector in France.
C.D. Glin is President & CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation, a U.S. government agency dedicated to supporting African-led, African-driven development solutions. The USADF approach prioritizes African investments and customized local technical assistance to African grassroots communities and enterprises. Prior to joining USADF, Glin was the Associate Director for Africa for the Rockefeller Foundation. From 2008-2010, Glin previously served as a presidential appointee in the Obama Administration as the first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Global Partnerships for the U.S. Peace Corps, and played a key role in Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary. Glin worked for the State Department, USAID and the World Bank while based in Ghana and Nigeria. Glin also served as a volunteer in the first Peace Corps South Africa group during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University; a Master’s in Business Management from Tulane University and Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Glin is life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2011, he was designated by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his commitment and contributions to international service and civic participation.
Prior to joining the Government of Senegal as Minister in charge of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation in April 2019, Amadou was the Vice President of the African Development Bank’s Power, Energy, Green Growth and Climate Change Complex, since November 2016, and has 20 years of experience in areas such as structured finance, sovereign wealth funds management, investment banking, infrastructure and the development of integrated energy solutions
Amadou held various Investment banking and Investment advisory positions in New York, London, Dubai and Lagos. He was Director of Millennium Finance Corporation for Africa; Managing Director of UBA Capital; and then founder and CEO of Afribridge Capital, an investment firm specializing in advisory services in Africa.
In 2012, after 15 years of international investment banking and advisory work, Amadou returned to Senegal to serve his country. His roles in Senegal included: Special Advisor of HE President Macky Sall, Chairman of Aéroport International Blaise Diagne (Senegal’s new international airport) and Founder and CEO of Senegal’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.
Jeanah Lacey is an attorney and MBA with 15 years of experience in trade and private sector development, including eight years in the field. She recently served as DAI’s Deputy Chief of Party for the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. Prior to joining DAI, Jeanah worked both in the headquarters and the field for various organizations including USAID. Jeanah also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Babadjou, Cameroon. Jeanah holds a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a B.S. inEconomics from Arizona State University.
Géraud is BP’s Head of Country for Senegal, based in Dakar. During his career of 20 years in the oil and gas industry Géraud has held numerous commercial, financial governance and leadership roles in BP. He has represented BP on the Management Committees of joint ventures in Algeria, Libya and Morocco, and played a key role in the start-up of BP’s business in Libya. Prior to that Géraud worked in BP’s head-office, providing expertise on governance and internal control compliance to the upstream business. Géraud led the financial performance of BP’s Azeri Chirag Guneshli asset in Baku Azerbaijan during peak development, and contributed to the project’s focus on the development of Azeri nationals.
Anthony Welcher is Vice President for the Department of Compact Operations at Millennium Challenge Corporation, which he joined in March 2019. Prior to MCC, he served as Associate Policy Director of External Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he managed the Bureau’s external-facing engagements.
Earlier in his career, Anthony co-founded several firms in the private sector that engaged in political and business investment strategies, both in the U.S. and across the globe. Before that, he served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. State Department and was also Director of External Affairs and a Congressional Liaison at the United States Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank). Anthony earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington (Seattle).