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DAKAR, Senegal
Speaks English, French

25 years of experience in the management of non-profit organizations - NGOs and Foundation - in many countries

Irène Sesmaisons has over 20 years of experience in the management of non-profit organizations.
Since 2016, she is director of Efiscens, a consulting company specialized in the evaluation of development projects in West African countries as well as in capacity building for CSOs based in Africa. She is also an associate trainer within the Bioforce Institute/Dakar.
She is a member of the International Council of Sos Sahel, Expert within Fondation Ensemble, CEPF and Agence Micro Projets selection committee, and member of Lega Pace’ board of directors.
She acts as a mentor for social entrepreneurs in Africa with the program MakeSense / AFIDBA.
Previously, she was director of the grants department at Tostan in Senegal, head of the civil society department at the French Embassy in Washington, director of the Fondation Ensemble, and deputy director of enda Maroc.

Questions I can answer:
Are there local NGOs that we can trust in Senegal?
Is it important for an NGO to put in place strategic planning?
Can a foundation invest in Africa?
What do I have to do to find efficient projects to invest in with my foundation?
Can I trust the political context in Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde?
Can I settle my business in a countrie in Western Africa?


Bioforce Institute • Senegal

Associate Trainer

2017 - Present (4 years, 1 month)


2016 - Present (5 years, 1 month)
Ambassade de France aux Etats Unis • United States (U.S)

Responsible Relations with civil society service

2011 - 2015 (3 years, 12 months)
Fondation Ensemble


2004 - 2011 (6 years, 11 months)

Master, economics

Université Assas Paris II

1984 - 1989