Cheikh is an environmental geographer. With two Diplomas of Advanced Studies in Geographical and Environmental Sciences, obtained in Dakar and in Belgium, he defended a thesis on ‘Ecosystems and Environment: Problems of sustainable management of coastal practices throughout the large Senegalese coast’ at the Research Pole for the Organization and Diffusion of Geographical Information, Doctoral School of Geography of Paris-Sorbonne. In PRISE, he leads research for Research Area 2: ‘Migration, remittances, adaptation and resilience in arid and semi-arid regions of Senegal and Tajikistan’.
He also received a scholarship from the CRT Foundation for a postdoctoral research stay at the Inter-university Department of Territory of the University of Turin. Between 2001 and 2012, he lectured at the University Gaston Berger of Saint Louis, Senegal, in courses including Physical Geography, Transport Geography and Strategies of Environmental Management in Arid and Semi-arid areas. From September 2012 to June 2014, he worked for the ‘Towards territories less GHG emitters and more resistant to Climate Change’ programme, in Senegal, which aims to strengthen the capacity of regions to integrate climate and carbon constraints in the long-term planning of the development of their territory.
Cheikh has worked for IED Afrique since July 2014, as project coordinator for PRISE, and he coordinates the implementation of the PRISE project in Sénégal and Burkina Faso. He also facilitates research on Climate Risk Management and will contribute to research on Markets and Supply Chains.