Dr. Abu-Bakar Massaquoi

Associate Fellow


Abu-Bakar is a seasoned sustainability professional with extensive international experience, and broad depth of environmental, energy, development, and climate systems knowledge. He has provided world-class consulting solutions to international development agencies, including the World Bank Group, African Development Bank, USAID West Africa, UNDP Africa, UNCCD Global Support Programme, USDA Forest Service, Mano River Union, ECOWAS, UKAID Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility, etc. Abu-Bakar has co-authored a variety of international reports and white papers, including “the African Adaptation and Loss and Damage Initiative”, which positioned Africa for Climate Negotiations in Bonn and Paris, “Adaptation Components of African Nationally Determined Contributions”, which guided the African position at the climate conference in Poland, “Technology and Capacity Needs Assessment for a Transition to a Green Economy in Nigeria”, among others.

He recently provided direct technical advice, capacity building and backstopping in GCF and GEF programming for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and climate change adaptation and supported various government agencies in Sierra Leone in meeting World Bank priorities for various funding agreements. He has co-chaired high-level international summits and sustainability conferences, published papers in leading journals, and recently co-authored book chapters published by the Oxford University Press (OUP).

He is a pro-active, knowledge savvy, astute, and creative powerhouse who will bring a wealth of project development, management, and evaluation experience, and a perfect blend of strong analytical and strategic skills to the team at CCCD. His teaching, research, and the constant learning demanded by diverse client projects all merge to create a skillset and fuel a desire to keep growing, giving, and serving each day. Abu-Bakar holds a PhD in Environment and Development from the University of Reading (specializing in environmental politics, adaptive governance, and climate resilience), Masters degrees in Environmental Management, Social Development, and Carbon Management, and a Bachelors degree in Energy Studies (New and Renewable Energy).