H.E. Ms. Aurélie Adam-Soule Zoumarou

Minister of Digital Economy and Communication, Republic of Benin

Ms. Aurelie Adam-Soule Zoumarou is a skilled Telecommunications and ICTs professional who has built up an experience in the ICT industry (SFR France, Accenture France, ARCEP Benin, GSMA Afrique).  She started out with SFR France before headed to Accenture France as a Consultant in Information System. She returned to Benin in 2008 and devoted her time and work at the Regulator’s Office ARCEP BENIN, where her responsibilities included: but not limited to; radio-communications and radio frequencies management. In addition to all these, she played an active role in the participation of Benin and Africa in the 2015 ITU World Conference in 2015. Past challenges have led to earning a legitimate place in the team in charge of the GSMA’s involvement with Governments, Regulators and Regional Organizations in the African region. As senior policy Manager for Africa, she contributed into bringing mobile services to 635 million Africans until then without fair access to internet.

She obtained a Master’s degree with a focus on Telecoms and ICT Engineering from Telecom Sud Paris and also holds a Certificate in Management of Public Policies and Leadership from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public affairs of Syracuse University (New York).

She has enrolled in a Ph.D program in Information Science and Communication at Ecole Doctorale Montaigne – Humanités de l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne in France since August 2017 and has been working on the thesis: “Analysis of Public Policies and the advent of Telecommunication Networks and ICTs Services in rural Africa”.

She is a Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF/YALI), an initiative of former US President Barack OBAMA for Young African Leaders.

In October 2017, the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency Patrice Talon appointed her as state Minister in charge of Digital Economy and Communications with the motive of: Making Benin a digital services platform provider for West Africa, in order to accelerate growth and achieve social inclusion.

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