Fatou Haidara, Managing Director of the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations and Director General’s Special Representative for Africa at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a strategic partnerships and policy envoy. Prior to joining UNIDO, she served the Government of Mali for eight years in several ministerial positions, including as Minister of Employment and Vocational Training and Minister of Industry, Trade and Private Sector Development. At UNIDO, Ms. Haidara led and coordinated UNIDO’s contribution in a number of multi-lateral negotiations culminating in resolutions that have set the foundation for inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID); notably, the Istanbul Plan of Action for LDCs and the Lima Declaration. She has promoted and contributed to UNIDO’s programmes in Africa, cooperation with Least Developed Countries, expanding South-South Cooperation as well as initiating and leading programmes for Human Security, Youth Employment and the Economic Empowerment of Women.
Managing Director, Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations and Director General’s Special Representative for Africa