Based in Dakar – Senegal, Cheikh is a Research Scientists currently Heading the APHRC Regional Office in West Africa. He has over 14 years of experience working on designing and implementing evaluation and research projects in Senegal and other countries in West Africa. In his role at APHRC, he also leads the Countdown 2030 Initiative for APHRC, a multi-institution collaborative that calls for the accountability of governments and development partners, identifies knowledge gaps and proposes new actions for universal coverage of women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. He holds a PhD in Public Health in 2019 from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and a Master’s Degree in Statistics (2001) from the Houari Boumediene University of Sciences and Technology (Algiers, Algeria). Cheikh joined APHRC in 2010 as the Country Manager for the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) project in Senegal. His experience includes research on reproductive health (behavioral surveys on HIV/STI in Senegal and Mauritania, post-abortion care, family planning), local development and poverty. Cheikh is a passionate of data discoverability. In 2014, he led the development of the APHRC Microdata Portal, an Open Data platform where high quality research data on Health, Population, Education and Urbanization are made publicly and freely available to the research community. Prior to joining APHRC, Cheikh worked as a Program Manager at Agence Pour la Promotion des Activites de Population – Senegal (APAPS), where he led several evaluation researches on HIV/AIDS, Family Planning and Maternal Health. Cheikh’s research interests include Maternal and Child Health, Reproductive Health, Poverty and local development.