Founder and President, Imagine Africa
Professor Sane is Founder and President of Imagine Africa, a think-tank dedicated to the strengthening of research policy linkages on Africa in order to improve the quality of public policies.
A native of Dakar, Senegal, he studied for a doctorate in Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and holds an M.Sc. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, as well as being a qualified chartered accountant with an MBA from the École Supérieure de Commerce et d'Administration des Entreprises of Bordeaux, France.
Previously, Prof. Sané was the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation, where he was responsible for the development, execution and evaluation of programmes.
Before that he was Secretary General of Amnesty International - a position that made him responsible for the day-to-day management of the international affairs of a global human rights movement. It was in this capacity that Prof. Pierre Sané led the worldwide campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), focusing the attention of the world on the threats against human rights defenders in many countries. He also presided over the Human Rights Defenders Summit in Paris in December 1998, calling on the international community to rededicate itself to the values and principles of the UDHR.
Under his leadership, Amnesty International (AI) was extensively reorganized with introduction of strategic planning, evaluation, internal audit, central fund-raising and crisis response. He recruited a new management team to adjust AI to new challenges, and initiated decentralization, opening offices in post conflict countries.
He has published extensively on development and human rights issues. He was a founding member of the Pan-African Foundation PANAF, a non-governmental organization spanning worldwide to promote African unification; a trustee and founding member of Frontline (Dublin). From 1986 -1988, he served as Associate Director, Policy and Budget at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada.
Currently Prof. Sane is a member of the Board and Chair of the Human Rights Working Group of the United Nations Global Compact. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of United Nations University and a founder and member of the Board (Praia, Cape Verde) of the West Africa Institute. Finally, Prof. Sane is a member of the Advisory Board on Integrity and Corporate Responsibility, Daimler-Benz AG.