Mamadou Biteye

Managing Director, Africa Regional Office,
Rockefeller Foundation

Mr. Mamadou Biteye is the Rockefeller Foundation Africa regional office managing director. Biteye oversees the Foundation’s work across Africa, which includes initiatives such as Digital Jobs Africa, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Transforming Health Systems, Informal Workers’ Health, Food Waste and Spoilage, among others.

Biteye joined the Foundation’s Nairobi-based regional office from Oxfam Great Britain, West Africa Regional Center, where he was the regional director, responsible for strategic program leadership and overall management of the West Africa region, including eight country offices.

Biteye has decades of experience and expertise in the development sector in Africa. An agricultural economist by training, he has more than 20 years of experience in strategic leadership, human resources management, financial management, program development and implementation, public policy analysis, advocacy and campaigning and community participatory development.

Biteye’s noteworthy achievements include co-designing a micro-finance program with Oxfam that is improving the lives of more than 500,000 women in Mali and Senegal today. He also played a key role in the development of some policy processes in West Africa such as the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Convention on Small Arms, and the ECOWAS’ regional mining directives.

Biteye is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Africa, and is also multilingual, speaking English, French, Russian, Portuguese and Wolof.

He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University, as well as Master’s degree and Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from The Crimean Agricultural Institute in the Ukraine.