Mamadou Balde is based in Senegal and serves as the chief of party for USAID TRACES, a project aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in the country's oil, gas and mining sectors. In this role, he supervises and coordinates the USAID TRACES program team members as they implement the project.

Before joining NRGI, Mamadou held the position of deputy chief of party for the USDA LIFFT-Cashew project at Shelter For Life International. In that role, he led the implementation of various components, including infrastructure, access to finance, access to market, capacity building, agriculture, and business intelligence in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. Mamadou has also worked as a project manager and primary field contact for the Returnee Reintegration Program, which was funded by the U.S. Department of State (BPRM).

Mamadou holds an undergraduate diploma in physics and chemistry from the University Cheikh Anta Diop and a master's in civil engineering from the Institut Polytechnique Panafricain of Senegal. He speaks French, English, Fulah and Wolof.