Oulimata Sarr



Charlotte, North Carolina


Karen Bennetts


Regional Economic Empowerment Advisor, UN Women

Oulimata Sarr is currently a regional economic empowerment advisor of UN Women for West and Central Africa. UN Women is the United Nations entity mandated for gender equality and empowerment of women. Prior to the UN, she spent 10 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member institution of the World Bank Group.

Oulimata is a founding member and gender champion of Africa2.0, a Pan-African civil society organization that consists of young and emerging leaders from Africa and the diaspora who share a collective vision for Africa and a commitment to finding and implementing sustainable solutions that will in turn leapfrog the development of the continent.

She serves as the Africa Jury president of the Cartier Women’s Initiative edition 2017. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards was created in 2006, to encourage women entrepreneurs. Six laureates, one from each region, are honored annually for the creativity, financial sustainability and social impact of their start-up businesses.