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Dr Bakary Diallo
CEO at African Virtual University


Dr. Diallo has been working in the education sector since 1989 as a thought leader, academic, consultant, project administrator, researcher and teacher. He joined the African Virtual University (AVU), an Intergovernmental Organization based in Nairobi Kenya, which specializes in Open Distance and eLearning, in August 2005. He held several senior positions within the organization before his appointment as the CEO/Rector in August 2007. His major achievement at AVU consists of leading the organization to become a respected player in open education and in the use of ICT in education in Africa.

Under his leadership, AVU has attracted tens of millions of dollars in support of capacity building in African countries and millions more from business sales. The AVU has made dramatic advances in the level and quality of programs offered, and outreach to the African continent through the OER@AVU repository. This knowledge-based repository was voted “Best Emerging OCWC Initiative” in 2011 and the “Most Progressive” in 2012 by the US based Education Portal.com. 

AVU Atomic Physics textbook won the OCW Consortium Text Course Award for Excellence 2013. The repository has attracted more than 2.7 Million visitors from 201 countries. The AVU won the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) 2015 Institutional Prize of Excellence. In 2017, Dr. Diallo was awarded the Open Education Consortium (OEC) Individual Leadership Prize.

Prior to joining the AVU, Dr. Diallo worked at the University of Ottawa in Canada as a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Education and as a Consultant for Integration of ICT in Education at the Center for University Teaching. He holds a master’s degree and a PhD with a focus on the Integration of ICTs in higher education institutions from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Diallo advises on and is a member of several global organizations and initiatives including the Open Education Consortium, the African Council for Distance Education, INZONE a University of Geneva initiative, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

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