Mr. Foday Bojang is a Gambian and a professional forester who has had more than 35 years of professional and administrative work experience in various capacities at national and international levels. Mr. Bojang has an undergraduate degree in general forestry from the University of Dar Es Salaam in the United Republic of Tanzania (1980) and a Master of Science in Forest Management from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana (1983).
Mr. Bojang Headed the Department of Forestry of The Gambia as Assistant Director (1984 – 1990) and as Director (1990 – 1998), during which he helped build the personnel capacity and managed the administration of 130 Personnel; Developed and managed the annual budgets, work plans, and programs and formulated and implemented policies for the forestry sector. From 1998 until 2008, Mr. Bojang worked for the Organization of African Unity (OAU)/African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, initially as disaster manager and finally as head of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the African Union Commission (2004 – 2008). At the OAU/AU, Mr. Bojang facilitated the implementation of relevant OAU/AU decisions and served as the focal point for international conventions on the environment and natural resources, such as the UNCCD and UNCCC and the African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (Maputo Convention). He led the development of the concept document, program, and strategy for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) and the preparation of the AU’s Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Mr. Bojang worked as Senior Forestry Officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at the FAO Regional Office for Africa in Accra, Ghana, (2008 to 2016), providing advice to the FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative (ADG/RR) while serving as secretary to the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC) and coordinating the program and budget development for forestry in Africa.
Other work experiences of Mr. Bojang include developing and implementing community-based forest management; organizing and implementing international meetings and conferences; project development, management, and evaluation; program leadership; policy and strategy development; report writing; and partnership development. Mr. Bojang is a team player who has experience working in multicultural work environments. Mr. Bojang is fluent in two major local languages in the Gambia and in English language and has a fair understanding of both spoken and written French. He is a member of the Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) and a founding member of the African Forest Forum (AFF). His social engagements included serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Botrop High School in his hometown of Brikama in The Gambia (1996 to 1998), President of the African Union Staff Association (January 2005 to March 2008) and Vice President of the African Union Staff Credit Union (December 2003 July 2008)