Session chairperson: Dr. Sidi Ould Tah

Director General Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa Khartoum, Sudan

Dr. Sidi Ould TAH is a Mauritanian national, born in “Mederdra” in 1964. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Nice-Sophia-Antipolis University and a D.E.A (Master degree) in Economics, from Paris VII University. He has a post-graduate degree in Economics and a B.A degree in Economics from “Nouakchott” University. Dr. Ould TAH has excellent command of Arabic, French and English languages. 

Dr. Ould TAH participated in a number of training sessions conducted by top ranking academic institutions such as Harvard Institute for International Development (USA), London Business School (UK) and Swiss Finance Institute (Switzerland), in the field of Investment, Leadership, Asset Management and Financial Engineering. 

He started his career as expert at the Mauritanian Bank for Development and Commerce (BMDC) (1984-1986), then as financial analyst at the Food Security Commission (1986). He held the position of Administration and Finance Manager of the Municipality of “Nouakchott” (1987). During the period 1988-1996, he was assigned the job of Advisor to the Director General and Director of Internal Auditing Department in “Nouakchott” Port Authority. He worked as Financial Analyst at the Khartoum-based Arab Authority for Agriculture, Investment and Development (AAAID) (1996-1999). During the period 1999-2006, Dr. OULD TAH served as Investment Promotion Officer then as Technical Assistant to the President of the Islamic Development Bank. 

Dr. Sidi OULD TAH, held a number of other senior posts in his country; He held the position of advisor to both the President and the Prime Minister respectively (2006-2008). In July 2008, he has been nominated as Minister of Economy and Finance. Since August 2008, Dr. Ould TAH, held the position of Minister of Economic Affairs and Development till his appointment as Director General of BADEA. 

In his Ministerial capacity, he headed the National Statistics Council. He represented his country in the IBRD Board of Governors as well as in other ten Regional and International Development Finance Institutions (IFC, MIGA IFAD, IsDB, DHMAN, ICIEC, ICD, ITFC, AfDB, AFESD, AAAID, ACBF). He also chaired the 37th BADEA’s Board of Governors Meeting (Marrakech, April 2012), and the 93rd session of the Economic and Social Council of the League of Arab States (2014). 

He also chaired the Council of Ministers of the G5-Sahel during 2014-2015.