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Women's Investment Club Senegal, West Africa
Madji Sock is Senegalese and a Partner in Dalberg’s Dakar office. She is also Dalberg’s Global Operations Partner. She has close to 20 years of experience implementing, managing and evaluating projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the United States. Madji recently partnered with three other Senegalese women to design and launch a Dalberg-incubated initiative to establish the Women’s Investment Club Senegal (WIC). The club aims to address the constraints Senegalese women face in the missing middle for access to finance and to promote women investing in the West African Stock Exchange. WIC will transition to become a Fund in 2018. In addition to her gender-specific engagements, Madji has also led and supported various initiatives to spur SME development including supporting the implementation of an “Innovative Business Plan Competition” in Cote d’Ivoire; leading a study in Benin to set up a financial intermediary platform targeting SMEs; and leading a five-country market assessment of youth employment opportunities in key agricultural value chains to identify needs and opportunities for youth employment and enterprise development. She also led a study to understand the demand side of the impact investing industry in West Africa and map the supply of impact investing capital in the region. In fund design and resource mobilization, Madji supported the design, launch and operationalization of up to a $1bn multi-donor catalytic fund for primary education for a non-profit organization in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Bangladesh and India, and directed three separate engagements to facilitate national investment by development partners and private sector actors for the governments of Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea. Prior to Dalberg, Madji worked for Deloitte in Washington, DC. Madji considers herself an African women entrepreneur who face access to finance challenges daily, to support the concept store she founded in Dakar to promote West African made clothing, accessories, and culture. She is also the founder of the consulting firm FocusAfrica which merged with Dalberg in 2010 and serves as the President of the Women’s Investment Club Senegal. Madji holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, School of Global Management. She is fluent in English and French.