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Yacouba leads iDE’s Burkina Faso team, creating opportunities for the poor to build sustainable and prosperous lives by leveraging public and private investments. Himself a native of Burkina Faso, Yacouba has 25 years of experience in the agriculture, forestry, and natural resources management sector in Africa, especially West Africa. Prior to joining iDE in June 2017, Yacouba held the position of Tree Aid West Africa Programme Coordinator where he played a key role. This flagship programme on Non-Timber Forest Products Enterprises influenced national policy in the sector’s sub-region, including Burkina Faso. 

His past employment also includes the position of Concern Universal Country Director in Guinea, where he developed Concern Universal’s work on Non-Timber Forest Products Enterprises in Guinea in partnership with the Guinea Ministry of Forests and other key stakeholders in the forestry and small and medium enterprises sector. 

In Mali, Yacouba held the position of Project Manager for the World Agroforestry Centre Regional Programme ‘Enhancing Food and Water Security for Economic Development in the Sahel and Horn of Africa’ and then as the Sahel Drylands Development Programme Coordinator.

Yacouba obtained a Rural Development Technical Engineer degree from the Rural Development Institute of the University of Ouagadoudgou and an MBA from the University of Exeter Business School. He is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town, South Africa, where his research interests include the nexus of public policy, private investments, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Yacouba has been married to his wife, Rosalie, for 16 years and they have two children, an 8-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son.