Soukeyna Kane is the World Bank’s Country Director for Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. Soukeyna joined the Bank in March 2003 as a Senior Financial Management Specialist and has held several positions in the Africa Region, Operations Policy and Country Services, and Middle East and North Africa Region. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was the Principal Internal Auditor at the African Development Bank. Soukeyna advocates for gender empowerment, social justice and economic growth for women and girls especially in the Sahel region of Africa. Championing girls’ and women’s rights is important to her in terms of awareness-raising of gender-based violence. Soukeyna is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Master’s in Accounting and Finance from Institut Commercial Supérieur in Paris.