The Burkinabe Souleymane Ouédraogo was appointed as the new head of the CILSS Agrhymet Regional Centre on 1 March. He previously worked as the acting head of the CILSS Executive Secretariat from November 2016-April 2017. Ouédraogo is familiar with the internal workings of CILSS. From 1997-2000, he contributed to the regional co-ordination committee on national resource management and production systems at the CILSS Sahel Institute. He became the head of the natural resources department in 1999, a position that he occupied until 2008. From 2009-13, Ouédraogo was the president of SONAGESS, the Burkinabe national company for food security stock management. Prior to his current appointment, he worked as advisor to the Burkinabe Ministry for Agriculture. At the same time, Ouédraogo has had a long career teaching at the University of Ouagadougou and has published a large number of scientific papers and other reports. Ouédraogo trained as an agricultural engineer, and holds degrees in rural economics from the National University of Côte d’Ivoire and has a PhD in agricultural economics and business from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.