Moustapha Diouf, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Vermont, has been named a special adviser to the prime minister of his native Senegal. In addition, Dr. Diouf was named president of the Millennium Challenge Account, a $540 million development project funded by the United States government. He is planning a two-year leave of absence from his teaching position at the University of Vermont. He has been on the faculty there for the past 24 years.
“They had been trying to lure me with the special adviser role, but the addition of the MCA position gives me more power vis-à-vis the U.S. government and how the $540 million will be spent,” said Dr. Diouf. “The prime minister and I have shared the same dream for many years and are now in a position to realize that dream together.”
Dr. Diouf holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Paris. He holds a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Missouri.