Marie Ba is the Director of Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit (OPCU). Her experience with the West and Central Africa region spans across more than 15 years managing health programs throughout Washington, D.C., Senegal, and the nine francophone West Africa Ouagadougou Partnership countries, with multiple technical assistance assignments in Rwanda, Burundi, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone. She holds extensive experience in building partnerships and managing health programs including communications and advocacy, financial management and oversight of grants and contracts, as well as program planning and implementation. She is currently Director for the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit. As such, Marie works to facilitate relationships and interface with the Ouagadougou Partnership's donors as well as coordinate the collaboration with Ouagadougou Partnership strategic partners at the global, regional and country levels by creating better synergies between stakeholders in the nine Ouagadougou Partnership countries all the while aligning their support with countries priorities as defined by the ministries of health and their costed implementation plans. She represents the partnership at key partners’ events and international/regional conferences, especially when related to advocacy and youth. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social & behavioral sciences from the University of Maryland-College Park and a master’s degree in international development and peace / conflict resolution from the American University in Washington D.C.