Djimé Adoum is High Representative, Coalition for the Sahel. Prior to this charge, he was Executive Secretary of the Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and former Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Chad. He has 25 years of professional experience in international development, especially in SubSaharan Africa. As an agronomist, Djimé has occupied various positions in the field of research, agricultural extension, communication and strategy in the design of development programs in several countries, from South Africa to Egypt through Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cameroon, USA and Chad. He has worked for international organizations such as the World Bank and USAID, as well as for research institutes and in the implementation of development strategies. Before his tenure as minister, he served as a technical advisor to President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad. He holds a graduate degree in Agronomy, specifically in crop production and statistics, and a PhD in agronomy and agricultural extension from the University of Maryland.