President of the Youth Chamber of Commerce of Mauritania
Aïssata is the co-founder and President of the Youth Chamber of Commerce of Mauritania(JCCM), an Organization created in 2013 with the mission to bridge the gap for young Mauritanian Professionals and Entrepreneurs. The JCCM recently launched the i-Lab, an Innovation Lab and Venture Fund, in partnership with the National Bank of Mauritania, to fund start-ups and strengthen the ecosystem for women entrepreneurs struggling to access funding for their business ventures.
A Mauritanian National, Aissata has a background in agricultural finance and Microfinance, working for the Food and Agriculture organization on Productive Safety Nets Projects in the Sahel region, as well as African Risk Capacity, an institution of the African Union, working on Disaster Risk Financing for West and Central African Countries. Besides her work in development, Aissata is passionate about youth and women empowerment matters on the continent; she participated in several task groups on peace, stability and women empowerment in the Sahel Region and was recently appointed by French President Emmanuel Macron on the Gender Equality Advisory Council for the G7.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from HEC Montreal and is a Graduate of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, with a focus on Rural Finance and Microcredit.