Abou Dieng holds a diverse background that spans across 30 years and two continents. In 1990, the Senegalese native traveled to the U.S. for college education and obtained his official United States citizenship 10 years later. Along with the unique advantage of understanding the business practices and principles of both continents, he has garnered extensive experience in international finance, projects development, new technology transfers, international consulting, and executive-level management. Having already completed approximately 150 projects around the world, Abou and his successful network of entrepreneurs are currently leading efforts for international and economic development between Africa and the rest of the world. As CEO and president of Global Green International Holdings, LLC, Abou has been referenced by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a major contributor to African sustainability projects and development, and the corporation is positioned to be among the continent’s top producers of renewable energy by 2025.
“The African market is a bit complex because there are different parameters in each country when it comes to accessing project funding. Also, many countries are faced with IMF and World Bank regulations, and with a low credit rating, they can’t access funding. The reason we focus on Africa is because we can create value by leveraging the natural resources into a guarantee and secure the financing,” Abou explains.
Since its founding in 2006, Global Green has seen immense growth—transitioning from a consulting company into a trust in 2013, and then becoming a holding company in 2019. The corporation now has seven sustainable development companies in its portfolio, which are all active and focus on African low cost housing, agriculture, education, banking and mobile money platforms, telecommunications, Infrastructure project funding, and government consulting. Although Global Green is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, most of its projects are based in Africa and the Middle East—such as the project development of the MANO River Union Railway System (from Abidjan to Conakry) as well as the construction of 1,000,000 homes in the next 10 years in Nigeria and several free-trade economic zones in Africa.
“When we first started, we realized that many African governments didn’t have access to guarantees for financing. So, we partnered with a few asset management companies to create a structure that offers guarantees to those countries, and we based the company in Arizona, which allowed banks in the U.S. and Europe to finance a project through a U.S. asset management company, rather than for an African government that may not have the required credit rating or guarantee,” Abou says.
Global Green is also working on the development and rapid construction of low-cost housing, the financing and support of more than 600 rural women’s organizations, and the development of agro-cities and modernization of agriculture for five million hectares to eradicate hunger in Africa within the next five years. “We play a variety of roles depending on the project,” says Abou. “In most cases, we come in as an investor, and then determine whether we need to bring in technical parties and other business partners. Our mission is simply to help people, whether they have a shortage of homes, food, water or energy, we will bring the solutions.”
As a humanitarian, Abou received a Special Recognition Award in 2018 from the World Business Leaders’ Summit and in 2019, he received the Panafrican Humanitarian Award in Abu Dhabi. Abou also places great value upon continued education and leadership training for African youth. He studied law at the University of Dakar, Senegal, international finance at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, business management and marketing at Berkeley College, and political science at Connecticut University. He also ranks among Arizona’s Top 100 Executives and is a keynote speaker for leadership, entrepreneurship, and African investment conferences. A member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Abou works closely with the U.S. State Department and was invited in 2016 to the White House to discuss the new immigration bill, S-744. He is also the organizer of numerous international and economic meetings, he is involved with the new Africa Free Trade deal and he is working with several groups to launch the Industrialization of Africa with the creation of 1080 new manufacturing plants in the next 10 years (20 plants in each of the 54 countries).
CEO and President
Global Green International Holdings, LLC