Professor Awa Marie COLL-SECK was appointed the Chair of the National Committee of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in April 2019. Formerly a Minister of State to the President of the Republic of Senegal from September 2017 to April 2019, Minister of Health and Prevention (2001 to 2003), and Minister of Health and Social Action (2012 to 2017) of the Republic of Senegal.
As a specialist in infectious diseases and bacteriology-virology, MD, PhD, she was the head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar-Senegal, before starting her international career.
As an international civil servant, Professor COLL-SECK was Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RMB) from 2004 to 2011 and Director of the Department of Policy, Strategy and Research of UNAIDS from 1996 to 2001.
Currently, Professor COLL-SECK serves on the Board of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to End Malaria, the Scientific Council of Cheick Zaïd University (Morocco). She is also a member of the Board of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Jury of the ISA Award for Service to Humanity in Bahrain, and the Jury of the Noguchi Africa Prize (Japan) for outstanding achievements in medical research and services in Africa.
Co-chair of the WHO/UNICEF Commission for the Realignment of Child Health with the Sustainable Development Goals, Ms. Awa Marie COLL-SECK is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program (Boston -US).
Professor COLL-SECK has received numerous distinctions, including those of "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite" of Senegal, Burkina Faso and Gambia, as well as the Order of Merit and the Legion of Honour of France. She was also awarded the Palmes académiques. She was named "World's Best Minister" in Dubai in February 2017 at the World Government Summit.
Professor COLL-SECK , an honorary member of the Academy of Science and Technology of Senegal and of the French Academy of Pharmacy, is also the author of more than 150 scientific publications.
As a former trade unionist, she now leads a citizens' movement.
Pr Awa Marie COLL-SECK is married and mother of four children and grandmother.