Assia heads the Francophone section of the African Risk Capacity, a ground-breaking extreme weather insurance scheme designed to help African Union members cope with the effects of climate change. She has been leading the country engagement with African governments since 2014. In this capacity, Assia has worked very closely with African governments and with bilateral and multilateral partners to develop the insurance pool model for the continent. Prior to joining the ARC, Assia worked as an Investment Officer at the French Development Agency in South Africa, where she managed capacity building and municipal infrastructure financing programmes. She has also worked for KPMG Audit and Advisory in Paris, where she was a consultant and an auditor in the insurance department. A native of Mali, Assia holds a BSc in International Business from the Ecole Superieure du Commerce Extérieur of Paris-La Defense and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Strategy from Sciences Po Paris.