M. Abdoulaye SENE is the Co-President of the organizing committee and Executive Secretary of the 9th World Water Forum. He is the founding President of the International think tank ‘Global Local Forum’, former President of the Regional Council of the Fatick Region (Senegal) from 2002 to 2009, a former Member of the Parliament of Senegal and lead the Commission on Development and Spatial Planning of the National Assembly of Senegal (2007-2012). M. SENE, was from 2013 to 2017, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SOGEM/OMVS (in charge of the management of hydroelectric dams of the OMVS. He was Senior Technical Advisor to the Minister of Mines, Energy and Hydraulics of Senegal (2001-2002), Head of the Mission for the Study and Development of Fossil Valleys (1994-2000), Director of Rural Engineering and Hydraulics of Senegal (1990-1994), Director of the Maintenance and Care of Hydraulic Works (1984-1990). He was a member of various Boards of Directors of national, sub-regional and international institutions working in the water, rural development, environment and decentralization sectors. Abdoulaye SENE, is a Civil Engineering Engineer (École Polytechnique Thiès, 1978), specialized in Water Science from École Polytechnique de Montréal, 1981. He has provided various national and international courses, conferences, consultations and expertise in the fields of water, rural development, decentralization, climate change and governance.