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U.S.-Africa Dialogue on Connecting Africa

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African Minister Delegation Biographies

H.E. Mr. Albert Butare
Minister of State of Infrastructure for Energy and Communications, Rwanda

Honorable Engineer Albert Butare is a Minister of State of Infrastructure in charge of Energy and Communications. Before taking up this post, Eng. Butare was the Deputy President of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), an Institute he has helped to build. KIST has become one of the most sought after schools in Rwanda and recently the region. Minister Butare was a consultant for the World Bank on rural based energies before he was appointed to take part in the planning of KIST and subsequently being part of its administration. He has worked as a consultant on many projects in the region including the countries of Benin, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Most of these consulting projects have been in the Biotechnology sector. Minister Butare graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1983 with a Honors Bachelors Degree of Science in Engineering, and in 1996, he completed a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering specializing in Appropriate Technologies and extension skills from the University of Flensburg in Germany with a focus on renewable energies and waste management.

H.E. Mr. Gaoussou Drabo
Minister of Communication and New Information Technology, Mali

Minister of Communication and New Technology Gaoussou Drabo is the first professional journalist ever to become Minister of Communication in Mali. Mr. Drabo holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Lomonosov in the former Soviet Union. After he graduated in 1974, he worked for Mali's official newspaper, l'Essor, as press editor of the sports section. Later, he became deputy director and then director of the National Agency of Press and Publicity (AMAP) which coordinates the publication of all government papers. He was highly involved in the national convention to amend the constitution and organize elections after Mali's democratic transition in 1991. He is the author of many publications on topics such as the peace and reconciliation process in northern Mali, good governance, and the Malian legislative process. Drabo was appointed Minister in 2002.

H.E. Dr. Ham-Mukasa Mulira
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Uganda

Dr. Ham-Mukasa Mulira was recently appointed as the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Government of the Republic of Uganda. Prior to this appointment, he was the Executive Director of Uganda Computer Services (UCS), in the Government of Uganda's Information Technology (IT) Department, which is being transformed into the National IT Authority -- Uganda (NITA-U), a World Bank funded project under the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. NITA-U shall be responsible for the monitoring, coordination and support of IT initiatives in Uganda. Dr. Ham-Mukasa Mulira holds a B.S. in Statistics from Makerere University, an M.S. in Statistics & Operations Research/Computing from the Loughborough University of Technology in the UK, and a PhD is Statistical Computing, University of London (Imperial College/the London School of Economics), UK.

H.E. Mr. Bello Bouba Maigari
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Cameroon

Mr. Bello Bouba Maigari is the Minister of Posts and Telecommunication of Cameroon. He has served in this position since September of 2006. Minister Maigari is the former Prime Minister of Cameroon, a position which he held from November 1982 to August 1983. Mr. Maigari has also served in several other ministerial posts during his career, including Minister of State Economies and Planning.

H.E. Mr. Michael Oquaye
Minister of Communications, Republic of Ghana

Minister Mike Oquaye is a Ghanaian lawyer, Baptist Minister, Political Scientist, Diplomat and Government Minister. Educated at the University of Ghana, University of London, Lincolns Inn, he holds a B.A. in Political Science (Hons), as well as LL.B. (Hons), B.L. and Ph.D degrees. A Barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, he is also a senior member of the Ghana Bar and has worked as Solicitor for some leading companies and financial institutions, consultancies and the like in Ghana. As an academic, Professor Oquaye achieved the singular distinction of winning within four years, the coveted Rockefeller Senior Scholar Awards (1993) and the Senior Fulbright Scholar Award (1997). His previous political appointments include Ghana High Commissioner to India from 2001 to 2005, and Minister for Energy from January 2005 to April 2006. Currently, Professor Oquaye is the Minister of Communications and Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya.

H.E. Mr. Joachim Tankoano
Minister of Posts and Information Communication Technology, Burkina Faso

Mr. Joachim Tankoano holds a B.S. in Computer Studies and a M.S. in Computer Studies from the University of Montreal, awarded respectively in 1976 and 1978. He was also awarded a PhD in Computer Studies at the University of Nancy (France) in 1988. He served as an associated university lecturer at the University of Nancy II, Professor at the African Institute of Informatics of Libreville (Gabon) and was the first Director and founder of the High School of Informatics of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 1991 to 1995. He was appointed as Delegue General a l'Informatique to the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso from 1996 to 2005. Since January 6, 2006 he has held the position of Minister of Posts and ICT.

H.E. Mr. Pierre-Michel Nguimbi
Minister of Technical and Professional Education, Republic of Congo

Mr. Pierre-Michel Nguimbi serves as the Minister of Technical and Professional Education. He has held this position since 2002. Minister Nguimbi has held several governmental positions, including Ambassadorships to Jerusalem from 1994 to 1996 and to Paris (with jurisdiction in London, Lisbon, Madrid and Berne) from 1996 to 1998.

H.E. Mr. Boudjemaa Haichour
Minister of Post, Information Technologies and Communication, Algeria

H.E. Minister Boudjemaa Haichour is the Minister of Post, Information Technologies and Communication of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. Minister Haichour was appointed to this post after an illustrious career in civil service in the fields of economics, social development and infrastructure. Formerly, Minister Haichour served as a Senator, a Commissioner in the Foreign Affairs Advisory of the Nation, the Minister of Sports and Youth and the Minister of Communications, a post which was reinvigorated to include several new responsibilities. Minister Haichour received his doctorate in economics from the University of Algiers in 1994.

Eng. Ernest Ndukwe
Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigeria

Mr. Ernest Ndukwe is currently the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria's Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. He is a high-ranking representative from Nigeria, thus has been invited to attend the Minister-level USTDA ICT events in Wahsington, D.C. Mr Ndukwe is a professional engineer with over 29 years of international experience in the Telecommunications industry. Mr Ndukwe is an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM).

Dr. Bitange Ndemo
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya

Prior to his appointment as Permanent Secretary, he taught Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at University of Nairobi. Besides Policy formulation, Dr. Ndemo is currently steering a campaign to lower the cost of accessing ICT (Connectivity, Hardware and Software) in Kenya and the region in general. He is at the fore front of developing the demand-side of ICTs by actively promoting Business Process Outsourcing in urban centers and roadshows to showcase ICT entrepreneurial opportunities through Digital Villages in rural Kenya. Dr. Ndemo holds a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Sherfield UK, an MBA from the University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas, and a Bachelors Degree in Finance. In the early 1990's, Dr. Ndemo was a Financial Systems Analyst with Medtronic Inc., a Fortune 500 company in the U.S.A.