Leila Ndiaye serves as the President & CEO of the Initiative for Global Development (IGD). As President and CEO, Ndiaye will be the driving force in transforming the organization into an engaging and influential platform that fosters greater investment of U.S. and African small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Africa.
With 25 years of experience as an African affairs expert and accomplished senior policy and business strategist, Ndiaye has a proven track record in policy design and implementation at the highest level of African governments and the private sector. She is also an Advisor to McLarty Associates on trade and investment in West Africa.
She previously served as Senior Director of Policy for African Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In that position, she developed and executed the US-Africa Business Center, managed the US-ECOWAS Business Initiative, and spearheaded the Chamber’s program in Western and Central Sub-Saharan Africa.
She worked with the government of Côte d’Ivoire as special adviser to the former Head of State, where she advised on a range of policy, national security and economic issues to ensure that all duties were carried out in the best interest of the country as a whole.
Ndiaye holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the School of International Service (SIS), at The American University in Washington DC; Master of Arts in Diplomacy with merit from the Diplomatic Academy of London at the University of Westminster; and a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy, from the Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS), in Paris.