Former Prime Minister, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki is using his abundance of knowledge and years of expertise to ensure that nutrition security remains at the forefront of the global agenda.

Prior to serving as Prime Minister of Niger from 1997-2000, Dr. Mayaki held the positions of Minister in charge of African Integration and Cooperation and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger. In 2004, he served as Executive Director of the Platform in support of Rural Development in West and Central Africa, the Rural Hub, based in Dakar, Senegal.  Most recently, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) from 2009 to 2022.

Dr. Mayaki holds a Master’s degree from the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) in Quebec, Canada and a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris, France. From 2000-2004, Dr. Mayaki became a guest professor at his alma mater, the University of Paris, where he lectured on international relations and in late 2023 will be co-teaching a course on African Studies at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome.

In addition to prominent roles on the international stage, Dr. Mayaki has held several positions with a specific focus on nutrition, including being appointed to serve on the High-Level Panel on the Future of the Development Assistance Committee and Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement in 2016. In January 2023, he was appointed as the African Union Special Envoy for Food Systems.

Dr. Mayaki is a recipient of the Medal of Officer in the National Order of Agricultural Merit; he also holds the title of ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun’ in recognition of his contribution to promoting friendly relations between Japan, Niger and the African Union.