Dr. Gilles Olakounlé YABI


– Founder of WATHI, Citizen Think Tank for West Africa (www.wathi.org) – PhD in economics – Former West Africa Project Director of the International Crisis Group – Former journalist at the weekly Jeune Afrique Gilles Yabi is the founder and executive director of WATHI. He guides and supervises the activities of the think tank, whose permanent team is based in Dakar (Senegal). WATHI is an open platform for the production and dissemination of knowledge and proposals on all issues crucial to the present and future of West Africa and other regions of the continent. Gilles Yabi is regularly invited to share his thoughts on political, economic, educational and security issues with various African and international organisations. He also has a long experience of interacting with the media, and has been publishing columns on African political and economic issues for the past fifteen years. He hosts the weekly column “Ça fait débat avec WATHI” on Radio France Internationale (RFI).