Hon. SERIGNE MBAYE THIAM was appointed Senegal’s Minister of Higher Education and Research in April 2012. He has been active in public service since 1996, when he was elected Regional Councilor and Vice-President of the Regional Council of Kaolack. In addition to being an active parliamentarian, he has also worked extensively in the private sector, in consulting, accounting and corporate finance, serving as Chief Financial Officer at the Autonomous Port of Dakar between 1987 and 1998. His educational background is in accounting, finance and business administration.