Bakary Koné is the Director, Strategic Planning, Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation. He joined ACBF in July 2005, as a Program Officer in the Knowledge Management and Program Support Department. From September 2007 to December 2009 he worked in the Operations Department as Program Officer in the Central Africa and Indian Ocean Department. Mr. Kone brings to the Foundation twenty years of professional experience from the private sector and the United Nations. He worked for Arthur Andersen as an Auditor, conducting auditing assignments in France and West and Central Africa, and for DHL as Finance Manager for Côte d’Ivoire. At the United Nations, he worked for the UN Refugee Agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) as a Program Officer in charge of project control in Côte d’Ivoire and for UNICEF as Chief, Operations in Guinea (with missions to Pakistan and Afghanistan) and in Iraq. During his UNICEF tenure, he was selected as a resource person for the Common Services program of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) for Guinea and Yemen. Mr. Kone is a national of Côte d’Ivoire and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce d’Abidjan, majors in Accounting and Finance, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Project Management from Setym and the University of Quebec at Montreal.