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Makane Faye

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Chief, Knowledge Management Section and Library Services

Mr. Makane Faye has over 33 years of experience on information management and ICT for development issues, including 23 at the services of Commission for Africa (ECA). Currently, he is the Chief of the Knowledge Management Section and Library Services, where he promotes the use of emerging strategies in knowledge management, information systems and library services development, including overseeing development and use of knowledge, promotion of Knowledge networks, development of Communities of Practice on key thematic areas of the ECA’s work programme and promotion of e-tools for access to knowledge in member States, the African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other African organizations. Before becoming the Head of this Section, Mr. Faye was in charge of both the ICT Policy Section and the E-Application Section at the ICT and Science and Technology Division (ISTD) of ECA from 2009 to 2012, where he oversaw delivery of advisory services and training programmes to member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other institutions on ICT policy and ICT application issues. He was also the coordinator of the activities related to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). From 1995 to 2009, he was Senior Regional Advisor on ICT Policy Development and Manager of the Information Technology Centre for Africa (ITCA) at ECA in the framework of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI), to provide advisory services on development and implementation of ICT policies for African countries and coordinate capacity building activities. From 1990 to 1994, he was a Programme Development Officer at the Pan African Development Information System (PADIS) of ECA where he was in charge of developing a methodology and standards for information processing and sharing for the network of sub-regional and regional PADIS participating centres. From 1984 to 1990, he was the Chief of the Information Centre of the African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO) based in Nairobi (Kenya), where he established the ARSO Documentation and Information Network (ARSO-DISNET) on standardization, metrology and quality control. Prior to working at the international level, Mr. Faye was the Chief of the Question and Answer Services of the National Scientific and Technical Documentation Centre of Senegal (CNDST) from 1981 to 1984. He has a Bachelor Degree on Documentation Sciences and a Master’s Degree on Information Systems Development. He is currently a PHD Finishing Student on Information Technology.