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Daouda Sembene

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Daouda Sembene is currently a Senior Economic Advisor to the President of Senegal. He was previously an Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund where he represented 23 African countries on the Executive Board. During his board tenure, he chaired the statutory Board Committee tasked with strengthening collaboration between the IMF and other international institutions, particularly the World Bank Group and the United Nations. In this role, he helped develop and implement the first formal collaboration framework between the IMF and World Bank boards. Prior to serving as IMF Executive Director, Sembene spent most of his professional career in that institution, assuming positions of increasing responsibility at the Research Department, the Independent Evaluation Office and the Executive Board.

Sembene has also worked as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Finance, and Planning in Senegal. In that capacity, he was appointed as IMF and World Bank Alternate Governor for Senegal and sat on various Boards. By presidential appointment, he also served briefly as Head of the Financial Sector and Competitiveness General Directorate in the same ministry.

Sembene began his career at the World Bank headquarters, as part of a team of lecturers in macroeconomic management. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he is a founding member and CEO of a Senegalese non-profit organization called Sunu Bibliotech that aims to promote digital and social inclusion in local communities (

Sembene holds a PhD in development economics from American University. He has authored and co-authored several publications.

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