Oulimata Sarr is a private sector development specialist with over 24 years working experience in Africa.

(Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards) – Oulimata Sarr is currently a Regional Economic Empowerment Advisor of UN Women for West and Central Africa. UN Women is the United Nations entity mandated for gender equality and empowerment of women. Prior to the UN, she spent ten years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member institution of the World Bank Group.

Oulimata is a Founding Member and Gender Champion of Africa2.0, a Pan-African Civil Society organization that consists of young and emerging leaders from Africa and the diaspora who share a collective vision for Africa and a commitment to finding and implementing sustainable solutions that will in turn leapfrog the development of the continent.

A former Senior Auditor from Ernst & Young Senegal, she holds a Bachelor degree from HEC Montreal and an MBA from University of Bedfordshire.

About UN Women

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact.