In memory of our dear friend Issa-Modi IDE

Our friend Issa-Modi IDE, Manager of Project Procurement at the Office of the Vice-President Country Programs of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is no more with us. He died July 29, 2019 in his office.

The news is devastating to all of us who knew him and had the honor and pleasure to be his or her friend.

Issa, how we called him, was not just an outstanding professional in the realm of procurement, who would be delighted to interact and debate within and outside of the profession about the challenges of better capacity building in the public administrations all over the world. He was a man of vision, who wanted to invest on individuals for the sake of a better world and who interacted with the academia, never scared of learning more or suggesting changes to the way the research world should think about procurement and its appropriate governance.

Most of all he was a gentleman, a man that kept his word, with the gentlest smile, a team player constantly enjoying the presence of others and making people around him feel happy and considered.

He obtained his Baccalaureat C in New York at the local French Lycée and then went on for a Civil Engineering Master Degree from McGill University coupled with an Engineering Degree from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, and followed by an MBA Degree with the Spain based IE Business School in Madrid.

He served as Lead Procurement Specialist and then Manager of the Project Procurement Division, prior to the organizational restructuring of the Bank that occurred in January 2018. His experience in the actual implementation of infrastructure construction projects and over 25 years of progressive achievements in Transport sector, Education, Health, Agriculture, Urban Development and Energy sector initiatives in Africa, the Middle-East, North America and Asia was simply impressive.

He last taught here, in the International Master in Public Procurement Management in Rome, on May 28.

He will be missed, so much. Rest in peace, dear friend

Jan Jackholt, Gustavo Piga and all the IMPPM community

Department of Economics and Finance
University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Via Columbia 2, 00133 Roma

Prof. Gustavo Piga

Executive Director
Prof. Annalisa Castelli

Distance Learning Coordinator
Prof. Andrea Appolloni

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