Director, Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
Cheikh Bedda brings 23 years experience to the role of director of the African Union Commission’s (AUC) infrastructure and energy department. An engineer, Mr Bedda has headed major portfolios, worked on a wide range of high value, innovative and complex infrastructure projects and has been involved in some of the most distinguished infrastructure deals in West Africa, especially in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.
Prior to joining the AUC, Mr Bedda served as general director of the Mauritanian Dairy Company, a position he also held at the energy management company for the Manantali dam. As vice-president of the West African Power Pool in Mali, he implemented bold policy reforms in the energy sector and pursued innovative programmes.
His earlier career saw him move progressively into key senior positions in the public and private sectors. He held the positions of boat maintenance service at SIPECHE PLC, a private equity firm involved in processing, freezing and exporting seafood products in Mauritania, and where he later became technical director. He was northern regional manager and lubricant engineer at Star OIL Mauritanie, a private oil import and distribution company, and technical partner of British Petroleum in Mauritania. In a public sector role, he was general director for refined hydrocarbon products at the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines of Mauritania.
A native of Mauritania, Mr Bedda holds a research master’s in sustainable development from Université du Maine, France and a Bsc (honours) in engineering from Ecole des Ingénieurs de la flotte Maritime, Ukraine.