Rosine Sori Coulibaly

Board Member


Ms. Rosine Sori Coulibaly is a citizen of Burkina Faso, with 35 years of professional dedication to poverty reduction and sustainable development. She was the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Guinea Bissau from August 2019 to December 2020, where she led the UN Integrated Office.

From January 2016 to January 2019, she spearheaded the economic policy reform agenda of Burkina Faso, as Minister of Economy, Finance, and Development.

Prior to this position, she served the United Nations for over 20 years in various senior level capacities.  In 2011, she was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Deputy Special Representative in Burundi, cumulatively with responsibilities as UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative. Her service in UN also included positions of UN Resident coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Togo (2006 – 2011) and Benin (2014 – 2016), UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Mauritania (2002 – 2006), and Senior Economist in Burundi and Benin (1995 – 2002).

Before joining UNDP, Ms Sori-Coulibaly held technical advisory positions in her home country, working with the Ministry of Economic Development and Planning (1982-1990), with ILO as National Coordinator in a Project for women in the informal sector (1991-1992), and with the Canadian Development International Desjardins (DID) (1993-1995) as private sector and entrepreneurship development  Advisor. She was active in civil society organizations.

Ms Sori-Coulibaly holds a Master’s degree in development economics from Senegal’s Cheikh Anta Diop University and a postgraduate degree from the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning based in Senegal.