Youba Sokona

The South Centre
CEC17 contributor

Youba Sokona is currently special advisor for sustainable development at the South Centre in Mali. With over 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment, and sustainable development in Africa, Sokona is a well-known, leading global figure.
In addition to these achievements, Sokona has a proven track record of organizational leadership and management, for example, leading the conception, development, and initiating of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, as coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and as executive secretary of the Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS). Sokona’s advice is highly sought after, and as such, he is affiliated with numerous boards and organizations, including as a member of the board for the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), honorary professor at the University College London (UCL), member of Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and as a special advisor to the African Energy Leaders Group. In short, Sokona is a global figure, with deep technical knowledge, extensive policy experience, and an unreserved personal commitment to African led development.