Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) based in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The ACPC is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He is also a co-chair of IPCC Working Group III.
SOKONA was the Executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) from June 2004 to May 2010. A citizen of Mali, SOKONA focuses on the energy, environment and sustainable development nexus and he has broad experience in Africa in policy development.
Before joining OSS, he works for the “Environnement et Développement du Tiers Monde,” based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to that, he served as a professor at Ecole Nationale d’Ingenieur of Bamako in Mali. Throughout his career, SOKONA has served in various advisory capacities to African governments. He has published several books and articles on the issues of energy, environment and development with a focus on Africa.