Ivory Coast | 15 Prior to joining the GGGI, Mallé worked for top Management Consulting firms as the Africa Managing Director, focusing on development issues in Africa, defining, leading, and implementing a range of economic and social development initiatives throughout the continent. He has participated in 100+ projects across various key sectors in the region, working with various donors and the private sector to mobilize resources for economic development. In 2020, Mallé was recognized as the Best African Promotor of Green Economy Rwanda Award. Can you tell us why you see GGGI as Unique? Established to respond to climate change, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization with 45 Member States with a focus on supporting and promoting strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging markets. At GGGI, we work across the globe, sharing the mission and purpose of fighting against climate change in the most innovative way. We are positioning ourselves as trusted Advisors for our Members with a results-based approach, focusing on delivering impacts of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved environmental sustainability and social inclusion, and increased economic growth. What does this award mean to you? The triple crises -- climate, conflicts, and COVID-19 -- by their nature global in scope, are the greatest challenges of our time, and Africa is significantly impacted. The good news is that Africa has the potential to mobilize green investment by leveraging key innovative solutions that will provide more green jobs and more adaptation finance for vulnerable countries that will target and reach vulnerable beneficiaries to support the achievement of the SDGs. All these solutions need to be actionable, just, inclusive, impactful, and realizable within the proper and realistic time frame. We do not have more time, so let’s act now! I have the privilege of leading an incredible team that strongly believes that actions and impact are important for the continent. Every day, they inspire me with their dedication, creativity, and unwavering commitment to excellence. They are the ones who make our organization thrive, and this award is as much theirs as it is mine. I, therefore, want to thank my team for being my inspiration, my sounding board, and my partner in this journey. I want to thank our partners for their trust and support. I also want to thank you all for recognizing the importance of leadership and for honoring me with this award. Mallé Fofana is a Global Operations Executive with over 20 years of experience in client service excellence, business development, and project management in Africa. As the current Head and Regional Director for Africa at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), he oversees the GGGI’s support to African Member States as they transition to a Green Economic model providing policy advice and technical support in the development of green growth plans, policies and regulations, mobilization of green investments, building local capacities and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including the private sector. About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea, GGGI is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization - with 45 Members and over 22 countries and regional integration organization(s) in the process of accession - dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. With operations in 37 countries, GGGI serves the role of an enabler and facilitator of Member States’ transition into a low-carbon green economy, providing policy advice and technical support in the development of green growth plans, policies, and regulations, mobilization of green investments, implementation of green growth projects, and development of local capacities and knowledge sharing. Further information on GGGI’s events, projects and publications can be found on www.gggi.org.