Rokhaya Samba Diene has been the Director of the Department of Prospecting and Mine Promotion in Senegal since 2015. Her previous roles have included Head of the Documentation Centre and Mining Cadastre at the Directorate of Mines and Geology, Head of the Mines and Quarries Division, and Head of the Regional Department of Mines and Geology in Dakar. She coordinated the Africa-Europe Georesources Observation Project, the Institutional Diagnostic Program of the Ministry of Mines, and the Diagnosis of the Legal and Tax Framework of the Mining Sector.
Rokhaya is a geological engineer by training. She holds a doctorate in applied geology from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and an Executive MBA in advanced finance and management from the Polytechnic University of West Africa in Dakar.
Rokhaya has also completed a program in public administration of mines from the Paris School of Mines, training on mineral resources regulation and management from Curtin University in Western Australia, and a course on mining policy and trade negotiations from the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning.