The Senegalese Ibrahima Cheikh Diong takes from September 1, 2020 the management of the ARC Group and promises an increased commitment in terms of disaster risk management in Africa. Resident in Johannesburg, the Managing Director of the ARC Group (an entity made up of an agency and a subsidiary dedicated to insurance), also Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, is elected for a four-year term.
With 30 years of experience in investment banking, communication and leadership in Africa, the United States and Europe, Ibrahima Cheikh Diong will have to give more visibility to a development institution in charge of pooling disaster management in Africa. “I fully understand and appreciate the incredible mission and exceptional work of the CRA,” he said. “Together with my professional and highly effective colleagues, we will work tirelessly not only to consolidate the impact of ARC’s work in our current 34 member countries, but also to extend our disaster risk management interventions to the rest of the world. African continent, ”he said in the ARC press release announcing his appointment.
In his message, Diong praised his predecessor for his leadership in making ARC a continental and global leader in development insurance. “I salute a great person, Mohamed Beavogui, who is still at the service of Africa, for the excellent work he has done in seeking to promote and develop the ARC to make it a viable and recognized continental mechanism of disaster risk management, ”he said. He also thanked the Board and Committee and the staff of Groupe ARC for the smooth transition that has taken place: “Never, in my 30 years of career, have I experienced such a harmonious, efficient and effective transition process. highly professional. This is an excellent example of a smooth transfer of leadership in Africa, ”he noted.
Speaking at the joint ARC Group Joint Council meeting where an official welcome was also reserved for Mr. Diong, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President of the Board of Directors of the Institution of ARC, said: “It is reassuring to know that the ARC Group is promised good continuity and even further progress in the achievement of its mission on the continent. We have gone from covering catastrophe risks for a handful of countries in the beginning, to the impressive number of countries that our Group of insured countries has today. We have also achieved remarkable governance reforms which have resulted in greater recognition of the work we do by different stakeholders and particularly sustainable support from donors. Mr. Ibrahima is a wise statesman and an accomplished professional; I speak for the Group when I say that we could not have known a better blessing than having such an accomplished African to move this institution forward. ”
A civil engineer by profession, the new CEO of the ARC Group has to his credit a unique mix of transversal expertise which encompasses, among others, corporate banking and investment services, structured and mixed finance, financial engineering, business process reengineering, change management, resource mobilization, partnership development, human capital development, public-private partnership design, mergers and acquisitions management, project management, policy environmental and impact assessment, water resources management, monitoring and evaluation management, strategic communication and planning, private sector development and infrastructure development.
With Lesley Ndlovu, Executive Director of ARC Ltd (the insurance arm of the ARC Group), Ibrahima Cheikh Diong said he was delighted to inject new energy into the organization and to leverage their rich experience to build on on the foundations already laid by its predecessor. Mr. Diong pledged to work with the team to identify innovative ways to advance disaster risk management and improve Africa’s resilience to disaster risk.
By providing decisive and clear leadership to the ARC Group, the new Group CEO sees this as an opportunity to contribute significantly to Africa’s development and to fulfill ARC’s mandate to help African governments improve their capacities. to better plan, prepare and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters. Mr. Diong holds a Masters in International Affairs (MIA) with a specialization in international finance and environmental policy management from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York. This is in addition to a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, specializing in water resources management, from Hohai International University in Nanjing, People’s Republic of China, among other professional degrees and credentials recognized by industry. He has a perfect command of English, French, Mandarin Chinese and Wolof, and a working knowledge of Portuguese.