Sokhna Ramatoulaye Cisse

Of Senegalese origin, Sokhna Ramatoulaye CISSE is a young climate activist who fervently campaigns for the climate through scientific research but also through actions in the field. After a Bachelor degree in Political Science at Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, she decided to specialize in International Studies, particularly in Diplomacy and International Relations. Her Master’s study and research work focused on climate diplomacy and the challenges of international climate negotiations on countries in the South, particularly African countries. His research topic is thus entitled: climate diplomacy from 1992 to the present day, in the face of national selfishness: what challenges for the countries of the South?

In addition, Sokhna Ramatoulaye is very interested in the role and place of non-state actors in the management of climate change, but her main fight is the promotion of women’s leadership in the climate issue and the promotion of established climate resilience methods by women in rural communities. In 2020, she was named a Green Climate Ambassador for Africa by the pan-African organization Climate Change Africa Opportunities. As an active citizen, she is involved in various associative movements such as Junior Chamber International, Eco-tri/Senegal, CampClimat/Senegal, SenegalPropre, Découverte Solidaire,… but always focusing on the community component to carry out green initiatives.

Currently, Sokhna is volunteer at CorpsAfrica/Sénégal, assigned to Félane, a community heavily affected by climate change. Its work consists of implementing a climate resilience project in this site to participate in sustainable community development. At the same time, her thesis project focuses on climate diplomacy and the financing of ecological transition in French-speaking Africa. Thanks to this alliance between scientific research and field activities, it strengthens its ecological awareness and is fully active in the search for solutions to participate in meeting the major challenges around the climate issue. She is one of those people who strongly believes in African youth and their power of action, their ability to create change and their ability to lay the foundations for sustainable development in Africa. This vision motivated her to seize the opportunity offered by AGNES to strengthen her capacities on negotiation procedures and techniques in order to be able to represent the African continent in major decision-making bodies.