Dr. Madiodio Niasse, an independent consultant, was formerly the Director of the Secretariat of the International Land Coalition (ILC) based in Rome, Italy. Prior to joining ILC, he served as a Senior Researcher with the French Institute for Development Research (2007-2008), and earlier as Water Programme Coordinator with IUCN-West Africa based in Ouagadougou, Burkina (2001-2005), as well as a Senior Policy Advisor with the World Commission on Dams in Cape Town South Africa (1998-2000), among other roles. Dr. Niasse was Chairperson of the Roster of Experts (Inspection Panel) of the Independent Review Mechanism of the African Development Bank from 2007 to 2010, and of the West Africa platform of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) from 2005 to 2008. He also served as a member of the GWP Technical Committee from 2012 to 2017. Dr. Niasse holds a doctorate in Environmental Sciences and a Master’s degree in Geography, both from the University of Dakar, Senegal. He is a citizen of Senegal.