Minister Special Advisor to President, Government of Niger
Mr Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou has over 20 years of professional experience in the telecommunications industries worldwide. His expertise is in strategy, operations planning and management, market sizing, product marketing, business planning, Sales and Market development.
Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou has been recipient of several CEO Awards throughout his career. He joined the government of Niger in November 2016 as High Commissionner (cabinet level position) in charge of ICT. He is in charge of the e-government strategy and its implementation, as well as enabling the ICT ecosystem.
Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou has since July 2017 been appointed CEO of the newly formed National agency of information society (Ansi), reporting to the President of the Republic Office. He is also Minister - Special Advisor of the President of the Republic and a board member of Niger Telecom, the National Operator of Niger.
He has been appointed by the President as the Minister representing Niger on the Steering Committee of the Smart Africa Alliance.
Prior to joining the government, Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou was the Senior Vice-President Commercial-Africa of SES & General Manager of SES Astra Africa (Pty.)Ltd. since January 2012.
Before that he was Senior Key Director and Managing Sales Director with Intelsat. He was previously Director of the Regional Marketing Management & Strategy team of Intelsat, a position he reached after having joined the company as a Communication Engineer in the Technical Operations Control Centre.
Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou was also the Managing Director of Intelsat in South Africa from 2004 to 2006. He started his professional career at Société des Télécommunications Internationales du Niger (the then National operator of Niger) where he advised the Director General on new technologies.
Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, after attending the faculty of Science (Mathematics and Physics) of the University of Niamey (Niger). He received his Master’s degree in International Management, as well as an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has completed several Executive programs with the Wharton Business School (Aresty Institute) and The Centre of Creative Leadership (Leadership Development Program).
Ibrahima Guimba-Saïdou has had a high level sportive career: member of Niger National Basketball team, forward of Olympic Football of Niamey (winner of Niger Top football league) and as Brown belt in martial art (Judo). He has also led various student and social associations in Niger and Canada (President of Africa student association of Ecole Polytechnic of Montreal, President of Niamey-Baobab Junior Economic Chamber and Vice-President of Niger Junior Chamber International).