ECHO Announces West Africa Director

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — ECHO is proud to announce the appointment of K. Robert Sanou as the Director of ECHO’s West Africa Regional Impact Center. Mr. Sanou will direct the launch and development of this training and outreach center serving both Francophone and English-speaking West African countries. A preponderance of the poorest countries in the world are found in this region of 250 million people. Agriculture is the dominant sector across the region and holds great potential for improving production, nutrition and livelihoods.

In making this announcement, ECHO’s CEO/President Stan Doerr observed that “Robert Sanou brings a wealth of experience and training to this challenging new position. We are honored to be joined by a leader of his caliber.” For over 15 years he has directed the work of ACCEDES, a multi-sectoral development organization in Burkina Faso. Mr. Sanou holds a Master’s degree in Project Management and a Juris Doctor degree in Law. He is a French and English-speaking Burkinabé who has served on Boards of regional organizations, consulted for European and U.S. entities, and traveled widely throughout the Region and the world.

The West Africa Impact Center with be ECHO’s third such center around the world, preceded by a Southeast Asia Impact Center (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and an East Africa Impact Center (Arusha, Tanzania). Centrally located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, this Regional Impact Center is slated to officially open in late January 2014. The launch of this new Impact Center follows two (2) ECHO West Africa Forums (2010 and 2012) that drew enthusiastic participation from every country in the Region and demonstrated widespread potential to impact communities in greatest need. Subsequent case studies and engagement through the internet portal have indicated that ECHO’s impact has already reached over 50,000 small-scale farmers and their families. Robert Sanou can be reached via e-mail at:

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