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Oley Dibba-Wadda is appointed executive secretary of ADEA

According to a press release issued by ADEA, Oley Dibba-Wadda is a strategic analyst and expert in international development policy and programming whose work has focused more particularly on education and gender equality in Africa.

“She brings to ADEA her extensive experience in strategic policy development, organisational and program management, policy analysis and leadership management.”

Prior to joining ADEA, she was executive director of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), working to advance the cause of women, peace and security in Africa and before that, executive director of the Forum of African Women Educationists (Fawe), crusading for girls’ education in Africa. 

In 2012, she was awarded “Inspiring Woman of Excellence” in The Gambia and in 2013, “Women Leadership Award” in Mauritius. Mrs Dibba-Wadda sits on several advisory boards and is ambassador for international projects.

“Africa is rising and as such, we need to ensure that the right investments are made in education,” she said.  She stressed that “It is critical for ADEA to take the lead in ensuring that we accelerate the education agenda so  that it resonates with the realities of the ‘Africa we want’, an African architecture that is meaningful to Africans for Africa’s sustainable development. Education and training that will stimulate critical skills development for employability, peace and prosperity, and for Africans to become a dynamic driving force in the world. This is the time to act,” she said.

Ms Dibba-Wadda is ADEA’s fifth and first female executive secretary since it was created in 1988.  She succeeds Ahlin Byll-Cataria who served from 2008 until 2013.

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