Mr. Abdoulaye Diop is a Malian diplomat and the Chief of Staff of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. He previously served as Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation,   Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali and Mali’s Ambassador to the United States. Diop was an adviser to Malian President. In 2000 and 2001, he oversaw Mali’s participation in the United Nations Security Council and served on the steering committee of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).