About Director General
Who is Adama Coulibaly ?
Adama Coulibaly is a renowned sociologist and technocrat serving the Ivorian nation.
A Former Administrator General of Financial Services, Customs Colonel, Expert Advisor in various specialties including Customs engineering, International Trade, Conflict Management, Anti- Financial Crime (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing ) and Organizational Management, this peerless citizen commands admiration.
With multiple specialties to his credit, Mr. Adama Coulibaly, a trained and qualified sociologist, graduated from the Higher Level of the National School of Administration (ENA) and holds a Higher Certificate from the Customs School in Neuilly sur Seine ( France ) .
He also holds a Certificate in Nomenclature, Procedures and Tariff Technologies from the World Customs Organization (WCO) and a Higher Diploma from the African Center for Management and Executive Development (CAMPC.
With all these achievements, he became a member of several Boards of Directors of State Enterprises such as the Ivorian Refining Company (SIR), PETROCI, the Abidjan Port Authority and San Pedro and the Agricultural Products Stabilization and Support Fund.
He has demonstrated his capacity as coordinator of major projects such as the Automobiles Single Window, the Coffee-cocoa One-stop-shop, the Automated Customs Goods Clearing System (SYDAM 2), and most particularly the installation of the goods control scanning system.
As a seasoned professional, Mr. Adama Coulibaly has confirmed his competences as an Expert -Consultant working with the National Office for Technical and Development Studies (BNETD), MK Consulting and TBC Consulting.
He also worked closely with the IMF and World Bank for the institution of the Structural Adjustment Reforms in Côte d'Ivoire relating to all Customs issues as well as the institution of the new nomenclature for the Description and Coding of Goods (Harmonized -SH System).
At the regional level, he has contributed to the implementation of several projects including the Transition of the CEAO Tariff into the UEMOA Tariff, the UEMOA-ECOWAS trade liberalization scheme as well as the instruments and mechanisms for the Community Solidarity Levy (CSL), the development of the Common External Tariff (CET) and the ECOWAS Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) to finalize the interim for Côte d'Ivoire and the overall offer for ECOWAS.
From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Adama Coulibaly became CEO of the National Federation of Industries and Services of Cote d’Ivoire (FNISCI), charged with the major responsibilities of driving the restructuring process of the Federation, capacity building, monitoring the corporate upgrading programme to boost the post-crisis economic recovery efforts and strengthening the dialogue between the Private Sector and Public Sector for a win - win partnership with the establishment of the Exchange and Reflection Circle (CER); the Observatory for Swift Clearance Operations ( OCOD) and the Cargo Tracking Note (BSC).
After distinguishing himself in several areas, Mr. Adama Coulibaly was appointed President of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Côte d'Ivoire (CENTIF-CI) in July 2011. He led an ambitious reforms program as a means of achieving his vision of making the CENTIF-CI an economically strong and financially healthy governance Institution with a view to creating conducive conditions to an emerging economy that is truly developing for the benefit of all and sundry and the happiness for each and everyone against a backdrop consolidated and fortified by the shared and integrated value of living together. His actions during his tenure in this position led to the readmission of the Unit in April 2011, into the Network of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), the prestigious Egmont Group, the reconnection of the CENTIF-CI’s Information System to that of Interpol, the implementation of the Mutual Evaluation process of Côte d'Ivoire by GIABA experts in May 2012.
He successively presided over the deliberations of the 18th, 19th and 20th GIABA Plenary Meetings. Furthermore, he coordinated the first Follow-up Report which placed Côte d'Ivoire on the Expedited Regular follow up Regime, consistent with the maximum rating given to countries in the region. Mr. Adama Coulibaly indefatigably embarked on strengthening regional and international cooperation with the signing of cooperation agreements to combat money laundering and terrorist financing with France, Morocco, Ghana, Cabo Verde and Sierra Leone.
As a fervent advocate of good governance, he translated his determination into the guiding principles of the Unit, which earned him his unanimous appointment by his peers as President of the Network of UEMOA FIUs (RECEN-UEMOA), responsible not only for a more effective coordination of reforms geared towards the institutional strengthening of FIUs and improvement of their operational resources but also to act as a support force for GIABA and BCEAO.
As a Palme d'Or in the area of Customs Administration, Mr. Adama Coulibaly was decorated as Officer of the Order of Merit Award of Côte d'Ivoire in April 2010.
In October 2012, the International Organization CRANS MONTANA FORUM awarded him the Gold Medal for his contribution to the emergence of a more humane and equitable world by combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The choice of Mr. Adama Coulibaly, according to the FORUM’s Board of Directors, was justified by his commitment to making the Financial Intelligence Unit of Côte d'Ivoire (CENTIF-CI) an effective financial circuits’ security tool.
A renowned expert in modern development issues, he has represented Cote d’Ivoire at many international meetings and hosted panels on various topics.
Thus, his appointment as Director General of GIABA is the terminal point of a long and rich academic and professional journey.
Mr. Adama Coulibaly intends to make GIABA not only a real tool to strengthen regional integration, promote good governance, but also a leverage of growth and sustainable development for ECOWAS Member States.
M. Brian Anku Sapati, Deputy Director General
Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA)
Mr. Brian Anku Sapati, a Ghanaian citizen, holds an Executive Master in Governance & Leadership, Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and BA (Hons) in Economics and Law. Brian is an expert in governance & leadership development, public sector management, anti-corruption and taxation, with extensive experience in corporate and transnational crimes. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (Ghana); Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Member, Ghana Institute of Management.
Until his appointment as the Deputy Director General of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) on 1 February 2014, he was the Co-Chair, GIABA Working Group on Typologies (Risks, Trends & Methods) from 2010 to January 2014. In this capacity, he coordinated the development of the typologies report on Tax Crimes and Money Laundering in West Africa published in 2012 and the joint GIABA/FATF typologies report on Terrorist Financing in West Africa adopted and published on both FATF and GIABA websites in 2013.
Mr. Sapati had served in many capacities in his home country, Ghana, including serving as a Revenue Commissioner, Office of the Revenue Commissioners (1984-1992); Chief Inspector of Taxes at the Internal Revenue Service (1992-1996); Deputy Executive Director of the Serious Fraud Office (May 1996-June 1997); Ag. Executive Director of the Serious Fraud Office (June 1997-March 2002); Co-ordinator and facilitator of the Good Corporate Governance Programme at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) (Feb. 2003-May 2009); and Chairman of the Board of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) (Feb. 2010 -April 2012). In these capacities he made significant positive impact in the development of Ghana, especially in combating economic & financial crimes through investigations of high profile cases in banking, procurement, taxation, embezzlement, payroll, compensation claims and contracts.
He has provided consultancy services as: Technical Specialist, IntraHealth/CapacityPlus - Human Resources for Health Policy & Strategy Development at the Ministry of Health, Ghana (2012-2014); Leadership Development Expert/Coach, USAID/UNICEF at the Ghana Health Service (2008-2013); Institutional Development Expert at the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority, Ghana (2010); Organizational Development Expert at the Department of Urban Roads, Ghana (2010); Governance Expert for the Parliamentary Committee on Employment, Social Welfare & State Enterprises (through the Center for Democratic Development), Ghana (2006-2007).
Brian Sapati has published in Ghana a number of articles including: How do we stop terrorism? (Daily Graphic, September 2013); The Professional's Role in fighting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing - A new Obligation (Tax Practitioner Vol. 1 Issue No. 2 2010); Changing the face of Corruption (Graphic Business, Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2009); In search of a new Police Service (Daily Graphic, June 10, 2008); Defining Corruption (Daily Graphic, Oct. 13, 2006); Controlling Corruption: We can win if … (Anti-Corruption Dialogue, Sep. 2005); Corporate Governance in the public sector (Daily Graphic, July 27 - 29, 2005); Protecting the whistle-blower (Daily Graphic, February 16, 2005); and How corrupt are you? (Daily Graphic, September 22, 2004).
He also presented papers on: Detection, Whistleblowing and Witness Protection to the Thirtieth International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge in the UK (2012); Bringing the Powerful to Account at the Twenty-Eighth International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge in the UK (2010); From Victim to Agent: Action Learning in Leadership Development (Joint Paper) at the Leadership and Management Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa seminar, Accra, Ghana (2008); and The Wealth of Nations - at Risk (Governance - the third way - to where?) at the Twenty-Fifth International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge in the UK (2007).
Brian is a co-author of "Leadership and Management to Empower the Health Workforce" a chapter in "Transforming The Global Health Workforce" New York University, 2013.
He is a change advocate.