Full name: Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura
Place of birth: Senegal
Date of Birth: 9 September 1962
Education: University of Lyon; Institut d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (IECS)
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English, Spanish, Italian
Since starting her United Nations career in Rome as a senior logistics officer with the World Food Programme in 1995, Fatma Samoura has served as country representative or Deputy Humanitarian coordinator in seven countries: Republic of Djibouti, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Niger, Madagascar and Nigeria. In a humanitarian career with the United Nations that spanned 21-years, Ms Samoura managed to initiate and lead several development and humanitarian programmes across the globe. Countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe have all benefited from her skills in Programme and Operations Management. Ms Samoura’s leadership and vision has helped empower women and youth, change lives and protect the environment.
With significant experience in complex development, socio-economic, political and security situations Ms Samoura has helped countries to respond to various socio-political, economic, humanitarian, security and Human Rights challenges. Ms Samoura has been able to make a difference to millions of people through her work in the UN, and now steps in to her role at FIFA to help change the world through football as the first-ever female Secretary General of world football’s governing body.