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Dr. Alioune Sall

Speaker-alioune-sallFounder, Africa Futures Institute

Founder and Executive Director of the African Futures Institute, a Pan-African think-tank established in 2004 and specialized in  foresight exercises, research and capacity development. The Institute is headquartered in Pretoria (South Africa) and has provided technical support to  more than 20 African countries engaged in long term perspectives studies or operationalisation thereof. The Institute has also consulted for the African Union Commission and its NEPAD agency, as well as  several bilateral and multilateral development cooperation agencies.

Prior to establishing the African Futures Institute, Alioune has had a distinguished career in the United Nations Development Programme .The positions he has held  in the UNDP include: Regional Coordinator of the African Futures Program (1997-2003); Chief, Office of the UNDP Assistant Administrator for Africa,(1995-1997); Chief, UNDP Liaison Office in South Africa (1993-1995); Senior Adviser in the Bureau for Program Policy and Evaluation (1988-1993); Technical Adviser to CILSS on Human Ressources Development (1979-1986).

Before joining the UNDP, Alioune Sall has worked with the Dakar-based UN Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) and ENDA as researcher and lecturer  from 1975 to 1979.

In his personal capacity, Alioune Sall has recently served as special advisor to Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in her capacity as co-Chair of the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Alioune is Director of several international NGOs and member of editorial board of scholarly journals and policy-oriented publications, including the Paris-based foresight journal “Futuribles”.

Alioune’s research and teaching interests are  in foresight studies, development planning and visioning, democratic transitions, governance, the politics of international economic relations, political economy of African countries. 

He is the author of several publications, including books and contributions to books, journal articles, book reviews, and consultancy reports. Prominent among them are ; “Africa 2015:what possible futures for sub-saharan Africa?” and “The future competitiveness of african economies”

Alioune Sall holds advanced degrees in Philosophy, Development studies and a PhD in Sociology.


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