Ms Catherine Mbengue has a vast policy and field experience in children’s rights and related issues. Catherine Mbengue is the ECPAT International Coordinator for Africa. Prior to joining ECPAT International, Ms Mbengue served in UNICEF, between 1981 and 2011, in several leadership positions, including as a Senior Advisor to UNICEF Director, Office of Emergency Programmes, and as a UNICEF Country Representative in Afghanistan, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Malawi and Mauritania.

She served as the Chairperson of the Administrative Council of the International Board of Trustees of ACPF from 2012-2018. She holds two Master’s degrees in Economics and in Political Sciences from the Sorbonne University in Paris.