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UNDP in The Gambia

Our Team

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Representative, who is the representative of the Administrator, heads UNDP in The Gambia and is also responsible for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of the UNDP Country Office as well as assumes overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities. The Resident Representative is supported by one Deputy Resident Representative, responsible for Programmes and Operations and a Senior Economist.

Ms. Aissata De is the current Resident Reprentative. Ms. Nana Teiba Chinbuah is the Deputy in charge of Programmes and Operations, and Ms. Fatmata Lovetta Sesay is the Senior Economist.

Senior Economist

Fatmata was the Economics Advisor and Head of the Strategy, Policy and Capacities for Economic Management (SPACE) team at UNDP in South Sudan. She was responsible for economic research, strategy formulation and implementing national development plans to solve economic problems, especially as they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She monitored economic policy development and advised the UN Organizations in South Sudan and its partners on strategic policy issues and contributed to UNDP’s policy dialogue with Government and donors. Her achievements in South Sudan include; leading the preparation of the National Development Strategy (NDS), strengthening public financial management, domestic resource mobilization and supported capacity of the legislative assembly for budget oversight; establishing a team of 12 South Sudanese Economic Governance Analysts based in all the regions in the country; supported the production of economic and social statistics in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics and led the preparation of the development finance assessment for the INFF roadmap. She led research teams undertaking studies on investment opportunities, external debt stock, humanitarian assistance and Statebuilding. She also led the establishment of a research collaboration with the school of economics at the University of Juba to help increase economic research in South Sudan.
Before her assignment with UNDP in South Sudan, she was the Regional Policy Advisor on Women’s Economic Empowerment for UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office. Here, she initiated a partnership with the IMF Africa division that led to the development of a training course at the IMF Africa Institute in Mauritius on Gender and Macroeconomics. She worked as an MDGs Adviser for UNDP in New York supporting countries in Africa to prepare MDGs needs assessments and costing
She has made significant contributions to a handful of UN publications such as the National Human Development Reports, papers assessing the impact of the MDGs for women’s empowerment; project and programme assessments for various UN Agencies, development partners and national governments; and national development plans across Africa and the Caribbean, with cross-country experience in Botswana, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Saint Maarten, Sudan, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Mano River Union countries and Zambia. She has also worked in the Africa Section in UN Women New York as Programme Specialist, supporting the Africa portfolio in 19 country offices and often acted as OIC. She oversaw a budget of over USD 20 million.
She has taught courses and facilitated workshops/ trainings for senior policymakers at UN training institutions such as ITC/ILO and the UN African Institute for Economic Development Planning (UNIDEP). She was also an invited speaker at a high-level research seminar at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, USA. Prior to joining the UN, she worked as an International Consultant providing services to a range of institutions such as the UNECA, several UN agencies, development partners and national governments. She has worked as Senior Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Office of the Vice President in Sierra Leone, building expertise in social data analysis, national strategic frameworks, national budget preparation and policy formulation. Before working as a consultant, she was a research fellow at Oxford University.
Fatmata holds a PhD in Development Economics (Ludwig Maximillian University, University of Munich, Germany), an MSC in Law and Economics (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and a BSC degree in Education and Economics (University of Sierra Leone). Fatmata is married with three children, and she enjoys dancing and sports!

Fatmata Lovetta Sesay




Senior Management



Aissata De


Resident Representative



Deputy Resident Representative

Governance and Peace Cluster



Ida Persson


Programme Specialist

Eline Cole


Programme Associate

Shella Ngwa


M&E Officer

Juliette Ayuknow


Gender/SGBV Specialist




Poverty and Inclusive Growth Cluster



Lamin Darboe


Programme Analyst

Amie Khan


RFF Project Analyst

Ousman Gaku


Migration Project Analyst

Angelic Mendy


Project Associate




Environment and Climate Cluster



Fatoumatta Sanyang


Programme Specialist

Alhagie Abass Kinteh


Programme Analyst

Bernard Martin Mendy


UPOPS Finance Officer

Sunkung Danso


UPOPS M&E Officer

Lamin S. Jammeh


NAMA Project Manager

Pa Lamin Dibba


NAMA Project Engineer

Fatoumatta Ceesay


NAMA Project M&E




Strategic and Economic Policy Unit



Fatmata Lovetta Sesay


Senior Economists







Mariam Njai


Communications Analyst

Kujeh Kah


Communications Analyst

Accelerator Lab



  Adama Jallow


Head of Exploration

Yahya Jammeh


Head of Solutions Mapping




Administrative Unit



Nyangsarg Joof Dubois


Common Services Associate




Mariam Ndoye


Registry Clerk

Haddy Ceesay-Joof






Finance Unit



Baboucarr Manneh


Finance Analyst

Abdou Sallah


Finance Assistant

Aji Mari Camara


Programme Finance Associate




Human Resource Unit



Alagie Saidy


HR Associate




Information and Communication Technology



Baboucarr Foon


ICT Associate




Procurement Unit



Essa Coker


Admin and Procurement Associate







Thomas Mugabiyimana


Team Leader Procurement

Cherno Lamin Jallow


Project Manager

Marie Chorr Bah


M&E Officer







Ansumana Sanneh



Paul Lamin Sambou



Lamin Queen Manneh



Sutay Sima



Kinneh Sanyang




UNDP The Gambia Organogram