Brahima Sanou has accrued 30 years of experience in the telecommunication/ICT sector, 12 of them as an ITU official, including 10 as Director of the ITU Regional Office for Africa, the largest region in terms of number of countries. Africa faces the greatest development challenges — it is home to 28 of the world’s 48 LDCs and operates in a multilingual environment (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese).
Mr Sanou has a vast experience at the international level, having represented his country in the ITU Council for almost 10 years and having also represented a group of 15 African countries on the INTELSAT Board of Governors in the 1990s. At the national level, Mr Sanou has held senior positions in the telecommunication sector, and has been elevated to the rank of Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso (Chevalier de l’Ordre National).
A trained telecommunication engineer, he also holds a postgraduate diploma from the Centre of Financial, Economic and Banking Studies in Paris, which affords him the requisite capability and open vision to grasp the economic and financial aspects of telecommunication/ICT development problems. He is co-author of the first report on the impact of the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) on the telecommunication sector in Africa. In recognition of his rich experience in the field, immersed in the daily concerns of the developing countries, he was awarded the prize of “Best Public/Private Manager” by Africa Telecom People in 2007.