Cheick Modibo Diarra

Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra, a scientist of international repute and former Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in May 1998.

His designation came in recognition of his outstanding role in the Pathfinder Mission dedicated to the exploration of the planet Mars and for his contribution in promoting science education in Africa.

His work is entirely guided by his philosophy that “investing in humankind through education is the only way to obtain lasting and respectable development in Africa”. In 2000, he launched the Pathfinder Foundation, contributing to spread scientific education as a solid base for sustainable development in Africa.

As UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Chair of the Pathfinder Foundation, he carries out many projects in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa by organizing workshops which teach children about the benefits of science to humanity.

In addition, Mr Diarra organized the World Education Forum in Dakar in April 2000 and the Forum on Africa at UNESCO Headquarters in November 2001.

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