Cecile Niang

Board member

Cecile Niang is a Lead Economist in the Finance Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank. Prior to this, Cecile was a Program Leader in the World Bank Caribbean Management Unit over 2014-2018, leading the World Bank’s work on supporting growth in the region.  She was also the coordinator of the Caribbean Growth Forum, a policy platform that accelerates the implementation of inclusive private-sector led growth reforms, while at the same time fostering greater focus on results, transparency and accountability. Prior to her appointment in the Caribbean, Cecile was a Country Sector Coordinator and Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Finance and Private Sector Development department, in South Asia and Africa. She has 20 years of experience in international private sector development, project management, strategy and policy.

Over the past fifteen years at the World Bank, Cecile has specialized on telecom, ICT and energy market and infrastructure development, investment climate reforms, financial inclusion, financial resilience, competitive industries and innovation. Her work has spanned across South Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. She has wide ranging operational experience in policy and regulatory reforms and financing of public private partnerships. She has also written extensively on access to finance and productivity and inclusion.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Cecile was an Associate Manager, Business Development at France Telecom North America and a Director, Corporate Development at Juno Online, a US Internet Service Provider. Cecile holds graduate degrees in economics, business administration and information Systems from Columbia University, Paris Dauphine and Telecom Ecole de Management.

Cecile Niang

Board member

Cecile Niang is a Lead Economist in the Finance Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank. Prior to this, Cecile was a Program Leader in the World Bank Caribbean Management Unit over 2014-2018, leading the World Bank’s work on supporting growth in the region.  She was also the coordinator of the Caribbean Growth Forum, a policy platform that accelerates the implementation of inclusive private-sector led growth reforms, while at the same time fostering greater focus on results, transparency and accountability. Prior to her appointment in the Caribbean, Cecile was a Country Sector Coordinator and Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Finance and Private Sector Development department, in South Asia and Africa. She has 20 years of experience in international private sector development, project management, strategy and policy.

Over the past fifteen years at the World Bank, Cecile has specialized on telecom, ICT and energy market and infrastructure development, investment climate reforms, financial inclusion, financial resilience, competitive industries and innovation. Her work has spanned across South Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. She has wide ranging operational experience in policy and regulatory reforms and financing of public private partnerships. She has also written extensively on access to finance and productivity and inclusion.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Cecile was an Associate Manager, Business Development at France Telecom North America and a Director, Corporate Development at Juno Online, a US Internet Service Provider. Cecile holds graduate degrees in economics, business administration and information Systems from Columbia University, Paris Dauphine and Telecom Ecole de Management.

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Meg L. DeRonghe, J.D.

Board Member

Meg has spent her career focused on building the necessary consensus, resources and political will to bring health solutions to those who need them most. Prior to taking her dream job at WomenLIft Health as Director of Global Engagement, Meg was a Senior Program Officer and advocacy strategy lead at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) driving efforts to move the global agenda on malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).  Prior to that role, Meg was the first-hired Director of Advocacy and Communications for PATH’s malaria program and drove the now-accepted best practice of integrating advocacy strategy into disease-specific global health programming. She has 25 years of experience in advocacy, public policy and resource mobilization for a range of global health issues from sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to malaria.

A lawyer by training, Meg has taught courses on gender equality in law at Georgetown University, brought gender-based asylum claims pro bono and worked to influence policy from a village council in Botswana to the US Congress to the World Health Organization to improve the lives of women and girls  Ms. DeRonghe sits on the advisory board of Speak Up Africa based in Senegal, a policy and advocacy action tank dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. Meg earned her undergraduate degree at Kenyon College in anthropology and international studies and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Magatte Diop

Board Member

Magatte Diop, Founder and President of Peacock Investments, is an accomplished banker and a confirmed entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in international finance and management. Mr. Diop has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Stern Business School at New-York University. He is the founder of ILICO-SAGEF Group, composed of a Life Insurance Company and a Real Estate Development Company. He has served as Chairman of the Group since 2003 after holding the position of CEO from 1997 to 2003. Between 1993 and 1997, Mr. Magatte Diop was the Managing Director of M.R.Beal International which he founded after he had left CitiCorp and managed it with success.

Prior to this, between 1990 and 1993, Mr. Magatte Diop was the Vice President and Regional Director of Citibank/CitiCorp for West and Central Africa. Mr. Magatte Diop supervised the bank’s relationships with more than 200 financial institutions including Central Banks, Development Banks, Commercial Banks, and Government agencies in the African region.

He is decorated with the medal of merit by the Republic of Senegal. Mr. Magatte Diop is the President of the African Chamber of Commerce in New York and is very active in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting commerce and investments between the United States and Africa. He is a board member of IntraHealth North Carolina, an $800 million NGO with presence in 24 countries and serves as President of the audit and finance committee board member of Dalberg Development Advisors. He recently founded a think tank called CERSSEM (Center for Strategic Studies for the Emergence of Senegal) to participate in the formulation of new economic policies for the development of Senegal.

Yacine Djibo

Board Member

Yacine Djibo founded Speak Up Africa in 2011 with one goal in mind: to discover and implement effective, sustainable solutions to the most challenging problems facing the African people. Focusing on strategic communications, policy and advocacy, Speak Up Africa is dedicated to empowering African leaders and citizens to take on issues such as malaria, neglected tropical diseases and sanitation in order to save and improve lives. Yacine currently serves as the co-chair of the strategic communications partner committee for the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

Previously, Yacine worked as the Senegal country director for Malaria No More, where she developed and managed several high-profile national programs to promote malaria prevention and treatment. She built and maintained relationships with national and local government officials; designed and oversaw the distribution of lifesaving commodities countrywide; and cultivated partnerships with private-sector companies, media outlets, musicians and celebrities to develop marketing programs that raise awareness about malaria. She also chaired the national partner’s coalition in the fight against malaria in Senegal and was the co-chair of the West Africa Regional Network for the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

Prior to devoting her career to the health and well-being of children and families in Africa, Yacine honed her skills in the areas of business administration, finance and real estate at several private-sector companies, including Intercontinental Life Insurance Company, where she served as managing director; SAGEF Construction and Real Estate Development Company, where she was director of sales; and Fidelity Investments, where she served as a business analyst. Yacine earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations and her master in business administration from Boston University.

Fara Ndiaye

Board Member

Fara Ndiaye has been an integral member of the Speak Up Africa team since its founding in 2011. There she has been able to pursue her passion for public health and sustainable development advocacy, social and behavioral change communication, community outreach, and partnership building and engagement.

Beginning as the Director of Programs, Fara focused on external relations and coordinating partner activities. She then moved to the position of strategy and development director, in which she managed initiatives to advance the organization’s advocacy, programmatic and partnership goals; developed strategies to engage the private sector; and created advocacy and communications tools. Currently, as Deputy Executive Director, Fara has taken on the oversight of all program activities, ensuring proper planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; appropriate liaison and negotiation with government partners; and the meeting of national and international standards and practices.

Before joining Speak Up Africa, Fara spearheaded the communications, partnership and advocacy initiatives in Senegal for Malaria No More. Prior to that, she worked on the research of migration issues for a variety of small non-governmental and major global organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, including the International Organization for Migration and the International Center for Migration and Health.

Fara earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and international development at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her master’s degree in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

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