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Director General

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  Name: Djénéba Traoré

   Nationality: Malian


Professor Djénéba Traoré is the Director General of the West Africa Institute (WAI), based in Praia, Republic of Cabo Verde. She is Malian and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Humboldt University of Berlin, a postgraduate degree in the Educational Integration of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) from the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in German from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENSup.) of Bamako, in Mali. Being a Professor at the Faculty of Literature, Languages, Arts and Humanities (FLASH) at the University of Bamako and Senir Officer at the Ministry of Education, she has held several positions, including those of:

  • Rector of the University of Literatures and Humanities of Bamako (Mali): October 2011- December 2012;
  • Co-Director of the Pan African Research Agenda on the Pedagogical Integration of the Information and Communication Technology in Education in Africa (PanAf): April 2009-June 2011;
  • Regional Coordinator of Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA): April 2009-June 2011;
  • Senior Advisor, in charge of Communication at the Cabinet of the Ministry of National Education of Mali (July 2000-May 2003);
  • Expert of the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES) on the Recognition and Equivalence of Diplomas Program (1995-1999);
  • Secretary General of the National Commission in charge of diplomas equivalency at the National Directorate of Higher Education (1991-2000);
  • Member of the Task-Force in charge of the creation the University of Mali (1993-1996).

Prof. Traoré is also a consultant in matters relating to “Gender” for the African Center for Training and Administrative Research for Development (CAFRAD), trainer in “HIV/AIDS” for the World Food Program (WFP), resource person of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).Prof. Traoré is the author of several publications on the role and place of women in the administration (and society) in Mali, African literature, Education, the pedagogical integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Africa. Selected by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausdienst) in July 1988, and in October 2008 by the Fulbright Program of the United States of America, where she achieved a Research and an Occasional Lecturer Program at the Indiana University in Bloomington, Prof. Traoré has received the ELES Research Excellence&Lifetime Award at the E-Learning/E-Health for Africa (ELES4A) Conference 2012 and was nominated Ambassador for ELES. In 2016, she was awarded the Pan-African Humanitarian Award on Academic Excellence and Community Development.

Prof. Traoré speaks and writes fluently French, German, English and Spanish.

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