A. CHAM - M. Sc. (Agric. Engr.); Certificates in Investment
Appraisal and Management, and Investment Promotion.
Mr. Cham holds, inter alia, a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK; and certificates in Investment Appraisal and Management and Investment Promotion from the Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass, USA and Corporate Location Limited, London, UK, respectively.
Mr. Cham’s wealth of experience was accumulated in large part over a 15-year period when he worked both for the Gambia government, and for the former National Investment Board (NIB). Thus, he has worked in the Gambian civil service as a researcher on agricultural mechanisation for about 15 years, and for the highly professional and task-oriented National Investment Board (the private sector arm of Government), where he served in various capacities, including Chief of the Investment Promotion Division, and interacted with the private sector on several aspects of inward investment promotion, and actively participated in investment promotion missions organized for prospective investors (Gambian and foreign), by the Board’s Chief Executive.
Another milestone in Mr. Cham’s illustrious public service career is his four-year service as Director of the Department of Water Resources (DWR), The Gambia. In that capacity, he co-coordinated the activities of the Organisation for the Development of The Gambia River Basin Project (OMVG); and was The Gambia’s Focal Point to the UNFCCC, Vice President in the Bureau of The Conference of The Parties to the UNFCCC for two years, and Chairman of the Gambia’s National Climate Change Committee. Furthermore, Mr. Cham was the Gambia’s Permanent Representative with the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva. Mr. Cham also directed the implementation of various rural water supply projects funded by donors, including UNDP/UNCDF, UNICEF and the Governments of Germany, Japan and Saudi Arabia.
As Managing Consultant at SIMI, Mr. Cham has played lead roles in various consultancy assignments including impact assessments, review of strategic plans for institutions and formulation of new plans, design of capacity-building and institutional frameworks for some sectors including the energy sector, and baseline surveys and preparation of procedural guidelines for procurement of goods and services on projects.
Mr. Cham has also conducted assignments for UN Agencies including reviews of the Institutional Aspects of Water Resources Management (UNDP), the Gambia’s Initial National Communication to the UNFCCC (UNDP), the Gambia’s Agricultural Mechanisation Policies and Practices (FAO); and an Assessment of Business Information Needs of Gambian Enterprises (ITC, Geneva).
On the international front, Mr. Cham coordinated the UNITAR-funded Africa Study on Capacity Needs Assessment in 14 African countries, for implementing the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC, and served as Case Study Editor and Contributing Author on the Energy and Sustainable Development in Africa Initiative Project jointly coordinated by the Energy and Development Research Centre (EDRC), University of Cape Town, and ENDA, Dakar, Senegal.
Cham is also a well-respected member of the community, and for 5 years
served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maintenance Services
Agency, a public enterprise responsible for repairing government vehicles
and plant. In addition, he served on the high-level team that wrote a
policy paper (commonly called “Vision 2020”) on the Gambia’s
road map for becoming a middle-income country by the year 2020.