Sidi Mohamed Dhaker


Senior Executive | Central Bank of Mauritania
Associate Professor of Strategy & Management | University of Nouakchott
Founder & President | Institute of Leadership (iLead)


Dr. Sidi-Mohamed Dhaker is the Head of Training & Development department and the Manager of the Strategic Steering Center of the Central Bank of Mauritania. He is also Associate Professor of Strategy and Management at the University of Nouakchott and an Associate researcher at the Mauritanian Institute of Strategic Studies (IMES), where he focuses on public policy evaluation, good governance and institutional change.

He was formerly Associate Director of design, monitoring and evaluation (DM&E) at World Vision International where he was leading the quality assurance team. Prior to returning to Africa, he worked for several years as management consultant and researcher in Europe.

Engaged youth activist and afro-optimist, he has a keen interest in Africa’s development, human capital development, youth leadership and entrepreneurship. Being convinced that youth empowerment is the prerequisite of democracy and development, he founded the Institute of Leadership (iLead), a not-for-profit organization which aims at empowering the young generation of entrepreneurs and political and public leaders.

Sidi-Mohamed graduated from University of Versailles with a Research Master in Management and from HEC Paris with a Master in Strategic Management. He also received a Master’s in International Development from University of Paris XII and completed a doctoral program (PhD) in Strategy & Management. He earned also a Certificate in Intercultural Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Management from Georgetown University and an Executive Certificate in Public Policy from Georgia State University.

He participated in more than 15 international and regional youth forums, summits and conferences and is an active member of several international, regional and local organizations. He received several distinctions and awards, the last being the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2015.