Express Bios of young professionals

Mr. Cheick Aboubacar BAMBARA and Boyla BASSOUROU are both nationals of Burkina Faso who joined GWP WA Secretariat in July 2018. They will support GWP - WA in the development and management of ongoing actions, programmes and projects in West Africa at the regional level and in some countries if relevant.

They will also support monitoring and communication related to the projects and programmes of the network.

C_BambaraCheick Aboubacar BAMBARA is a rural development engineer, a graduate of the Institute of Rural Development (IDR) of the Bobo-Dioulasso Polytechnic University in Burkina Faso. At 26 he is passionate about rural development who believes that water as a scarce resource with multiple purposes is used in agriculture but whose quality can be deteriorated by the use of mineral fertilizers and pesticides resulting from this agriculture.

Before joining GWP-WA, Cheick completed a three-month advanced training period (July-September 2017) at a consultant firm where he contributed to the supervision and capacity building of two (02) senior technicians on the transfer of market gardening technologies in urban and peri-urban areas of Bobo-Dioulasso. He also had an organizational and institutional diagnostic internship at the Burkina Faso country office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on improving the climate resilience of agro-sylvo-pastoral production systems through the CEAP approach during the last three months of 2017.

B_BassourouAt 32 Mr. Boyla BASSOUROU holds a Master's degree in Development with a specialization in Environmental Management from Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt in 2017, and a Master's degree in Economics in Agricultural Economics, Natural Resources and Environment (EARNE) from Ouaga 2 University in Burkina Faso in 2011. This economist and environmentalist is passionate about water and sustainable development research, specifically in assessing the sustainability of rural drinking water and sanitation services and the economic valuation of eco-systemic goods and services.

He worked for the Hauts Bassins regional division of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation of Burkina Faso since 2012 as a Water and Sanitation Technician. He participated in the hydrometric and piezometric monitoring of water resources in the western part of Burkina Faso. He also contributed to the implementation of activities for the development of drinking water and sanitation services in the Hauts Bassins region.