Brahima Sanou was elected
Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau by the
Plenipotentiary Conference in October 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He
took office on 1 January 2011.
has more than thirty years experience in the telecommunication and ICT
sector, both at a regional and at an international level.
ten years as Head of the ITU Regional Office for Africa and Liaison
Officer to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission
for Africa (UNECA), from 2000-2010, he contributed to the development of
the African telecommunication/ICT sector by helping to establish policy
and regulatory frameworks, both nationally and regionally, that fostered
growth, especially in mobile telecommunications. He assisted in
establishing regional associations of regulators and encouraged the
setting up of a continental association of regulators, so as to
facilitate the harmonization of policies and regulation thereby
fostering the development of the region’s telecommunication and ICT
markets. He played a key role in the organization of the Connect Africa
Summit, held in Kigali, Rwanda in October 2007 and in its follow-up.
Coordinator, African regional project on telecommunication reform and
General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), from 1997 – 2000, he was
a co-author of the first report on the impact of General Agreement on
Trade in Services on Africa’s telecommunication sector. He also
emphasized the need for human resource development and capacity building
to prepare African countries for negotiations on multilateral
liberalization of telecommunication services at the level of the World
Trade Organization (WTO).
working for the ITU, Mr Sanou held several high-level positions in the
Posts and Telecommunication Services in Burkina Faso. He was a key
player in the separation of the Posts and Telecommunication services and
in the liberalization of the telecommunication sector in Burkina Faso.
has served as Head of Burkina Faso’s delegation to various international
and national conferences and as Governor representing 15 African
countries on the Board of INTELSAT, as well as representing his
country in the ITU Council for almost 10 years.
He was made Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso (Chevalier de
l’Ordre National). In recognition of his commitment and dedication in
the Telecommunication field he was given the award of “Best Public/Private
Manager” by Africa Telecom People in 2007.
of Burkina Faso, Mr Sanou holds an Engineering degree from the Ecole
Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris and a post-graduate
diploma from the Centre for Financial, Economic and Banking Studies in
Paris. He speaks fluent French and English and is learning Arabic. He
is married and has three children.