Amadou Diaw


Following 30 years devoted to the private sector in Africa and particularly to capacity building on the continent, Amadou Diaw, through his Foundation, devotes his time mainly to both research for the rebirth of the city of Saint-Louis, former capital of West Africa, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the creation of spaces dedicated to knowledge, including the Museum of Photography of Saint-Louis.

Its Foundation for Culture and Excellence, has accompanied more than 3000 young Africans, as part of a program of scholarships and research grants within the ISM Group, making it the largest donor in Senegal for Education.

The ISM Group, founded by Amadou Diaw, now has 12 campuses in Senegal, 8 high schools of excellence with evocative names, the LEP Aimé Césaire in Saint-Louis, the LEP Léon Gontran Damas in Louga, the LEP Birago Diop in Dakar, the LEP Cheikh Hamidou Kane, the LEP Babacar Ba, in Kaolack and more than a dozen elementary school, from the north to the south of Senegal.

Distinctions : 

  • Walter Scheel Prize. (Germany)
  • Knight of the Academic Palms. (France) 
  • Knight of the National Order of the Lion (Senegal)


Other Responsibilities :

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of CAMPUS SAS,  
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Mastercard Foundation
  • Director of several banks in Africa


Amadou Diaw has benefited from various training programs at the international level, with several national and international organizations:

  • International Labour Office (ILO). Geneva.
  • World Bank Development Institute (WBDI), Washington, D.C.
  • German Institute for Development (DES), Berlin
  • United States Information Agency (USIA).Boston  
  • HEC Executive Club (HEC).  Jouy en Josas.