Fatou is a Rwanda-based consultant specialized in the design, policy and supply chain mechanics necessary for building Sub-Saharan Africa’s next generation of green and inclusive cities.
She was previously the Managing Director of Skat Consulting’s offices in Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo, responsible for the implementation of the Swiss Cooperation’s construction industry transformation program for Africa’s Great Lakes Region. The program facilitates the construction industry’s shift to environment-friendly production of durable building materials for the mass supply of affordable urban houses. During her tenure, the program successfully piloted Rwanda’s first participatory unplanned settlement upgrading project. Prior to joining Skat, Fatou was team leader for the Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Development Unit at the City of Kigali’s Office of Urban Planning and Construction and an urban designer for the New York City Department of City Planning.
Fatou holds degrees in architecture, urban planning, and sustainability management from Princeton and Columbia Universities and a certificate in International Housing Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.