Mr. Adama Samassékou
President of WSIS Preparatory Committee for Geneva Phase
President of the African Academy of Languages,
Former Minister of Education of Mali (1993-2000)
Mr. Adama Samassékou, aged 56, married with three
children, completed his primary and secondary education in Mali.
After obtaining a Master of Arts in philology and
linguistics from Lomonossov State University in Moscow, Mr. Samassekou continued
his studies in Paris. After obtaining a DEA postgraduate diploma in African
linguistics from the Sorbonne and a DESS specialist postgraduate diploma in
organizational science from the Université de Paris-IX (Dauphine), he was
subsequently head of the Linguistic Department of the Institute of Social
Sciences of Mali, then director of the National Library of Mali and adviser to
the Minister of Culture.
Playing an active role in community life, Mr. Samassékou
was the founding president, for Mali and Africa as a whole, of the Peoples'
Movement for Human Rights Education. In the political sphere, he was the
founding chairman of ADEMA-France.
been Malian Minister of Education for seven years (1993-2000) and former
spokesperson for the Government of Mali (1997-2000), Mr. Samassékou is
currently president, with ministerial rank, of the African Academy of Languages.