Mamadou Biteye: Willingness to take risks a prerequisite to innovation

Mamadou Biteye, The Rockefeller Foundation's managing director for East Africa, speaks at the 2013 Devex International Development Partnerships Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, on Oct. 16. Photo by: Jonathan Kalan / Devex

Mamadou Biteye began his career in banking over twenty years ago.

But later, he realized he wouldn’t be able to have an impact on the marginalized populations he wanted to reach, so he changed gears to development and gained extensive field experience in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria and many more countries before taking on the role of managing director of Rockefeller in Africa.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.