Meet our problem solvers and creative thinkers
Our team brings together exceptional people dedicated to proposing innovative strategies and delivering essential results during the various missions.
The BridgAfricA management team defines with African governments and private sector stakeholders the forms of engagement in relation to their
issues, while providing tangible leadership and field support to the teams..
Jean Jacques GOSSAN
Jean Jacques Gossan joined BridgAfricA in 2019 to help expand the company’s Advisory, Strategy and Reforms activities.
Passionate about Africa he has always traveled across the continent (Northwest Africa, WECA, ESA) working with organisations and partners to:
- address various challenges
- bring meaningful innovations,
- and provide appropriate responses to critical issues.
What keeps him and the BridgAfricA team ticking every day is helping Public Sectors and Business leaders operating in Africa to navigate in their markets and regions. From Dubai, where he is based and the regional office for West Africa (Dakar) via Kigali, Jean Jacques is active in BridgAfricA’s Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) Practice. He also guides clients in Business Diplomacy, Country Competitiveness and Positioning. As a business Leader, Jean Jacques is skilled in strategic repositioning, value creation and is passionate about leveraging technology to impact communities and solve business challenges. Prior to joining BridgAfricA, Jean Jacques held different regional positions within various industries - software & productivity (Microsoft), Smart Cards & Security (Morpho then Oberthur Technologies), Security & Enterprise Transactions (IDEMIA) - and has worked in Asia, Middle East and Africa covering successively West, Central and East Africa. In his current role Jean Jacques oversees BridgAfricA’s operations and supports the extension of the company’s footprints within Africa’s 8 economic regions.Education & Professional Membership
ESCAE (INP HB), CESAG (Marketing & Strategy), PhD studies in International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris (France).* Jean Jacques is member of McKinsey Quarterly Online Executive Panel
Konan is convinced that good ideas, adapted to market realities, can transform the potential of institutions, public figures, b
Konan is convinced that good ideas, adapted to market realities, can transform the potential of institutions, public figures, brands and positively impact the beneficiary life geographically targeted in Africa. Konan N’GUESSAN is Managing Director of Manificat rpcom, a consulting firm he founded in Dakar in 2017; specializing in strategy, communication and public relations.
He has more than 15 years of corporate experience in the management of sales teams, advertising creation and journalists, in the positions of Sales Director and Country Manager in large communication consulting groups such as VOODOO GROUP, DAKCOR, DRAFT FCB. Konan N’GUESSAN has also led during his years of experience numerous training seminars in different institutions for students and professionals.At BridgAfricA, he works on projects that affect his areas of expertise and brings his expertise to teams as well as to various experts
Board of Advisors
Balkissa Idé Siddo
Public Policy Manager
Balkissa is Facebook's Public Policy Manager for Francophone Africa. Before joining Facebook, she worked in the human rights sectoBalkissa is Facebook's Public Policy Manager for Francophone Africa. Before joining Facebook, she worked in the human rights sector as a Campaign Manager and then Researcher for Central Africa at Amnesty International. She has extensive experience in the development sector in Africa more specifically the sustainable development goals and access to drinking water and sanitation. She has also worked in the consulting and strategy sector with several firms including Grail Research. His educational background is essentially African. Balkissa is of Nigerian nationality.View More
Chimère Djiby Guèye
CEO - La Colombe Group
"Visionary, humble and discreet" are the traits that underpin the career of Mr. Djiby Chimère GUEYE. This serial company foundeView More
"Visionary, humble and discreet" are the traits that underpin the career of Mr. Djiby Chimère GUEYE. This serial company founder is at the head of LA COLOMBE GROUP, which now has more than 7 independent subsidiaries, with an active presence throughout the UEMOA zone.
The missions of these companies are all different, but they complement each other and all meet the only one and same criterion "the optimization of the services offered to banks". Multi-cards Business Executive working in the field of private financing, for more than 16 years, Mr. DJIBY CHIMERE GUEYE has acquired a solid knowledge in creation, start-up and strategic management of companies.With a discreet expansion strategy, year after year, La Colombe Groupe has become a shareholder in several large business groups and two banks in the UEMOA zone. La Colombe Groupe is the first African company to be approved by the BCEAO and the WAMEU (UEMOA) on the list of Intermediaries in Bank Operations held by the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). In 2018, he created with his Brother, Pape Ahmed Gora Gueye, the CCDOC, West Africa's first Artificial Intelligence and Cyberdefense Center on own funds, to offer States and banks the possibility of outsourcing their digital security. He often likes to recall it forcefully "our core business is intelligence" and "Africa's future is intelligence".
Public Policy Manager - Access & Connectivity
Thys has over 19 years of experience in the ICT industry. His focus is ICT regulation, mobile banking regulation, regulatory sView More
Thys has over 19 years of experience in the ICT industry. His focus is ICT regulation, mobile banking regulation, regulatory strategy and strategic partnership.
Past roles include a Regulatory affairs director for Millicom DRC (Tigo), Senior executive head of regulatory affairs at Vodacom DRC, Head of regulatory affairs at Etisalat Tanzania (Zantel), Head of licensing and spectrum management at the DRC National Regulatory Authority (ARPTC) and Senior lecturer at the Institute of Science and Technology of Kinshasa (ISPT).
He earned an MBA of Leadership and Sustainability from Cumbria University (UK), a Master of ICT and Telecom Regulation from University of Namur (Belgium), a Bachelor of Telecom Engineering, and a Bachelor of Mechanic Engineering.
Thys’s interest and passion for quality education in Africa led him to co-found the Academy of Science of and Technology of Kinshasa (www.ascitech.cd) and the Complexe Scloraire le Pantheon in Lubumbashi. Thys is fluent in English, French and Swahili.Thys’s mission and purpose in life is to “help give Africa her right place in the world through quality connectivity and education”.
Expert - Health Economist, Healthcare System Specialist
Morris KOUAME is a health economist, specialist in health systems. He is the Founding Director of Health Consulting InternationView More
Morris KOUAME is a health economist, specialist in health systems. He is the Founding Director of Health Consulting International Group (HCI GROUPE), a consulting, technical support and training firm covering several health areas (Monitoring and management of hospital performance, monitoring / evaluation of health programs, etc). He is an active member of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) where he is Liaison Officer for Regional and National Institutions / Organizations.Morris has more than 14 years of experience in analyzing health systems in developing countries, and more specifically in West Africa. He benefits from the trust of the United Nations system, in particular UNFPA, the World Bank, UNAIDS, to carry out missions to develop and evaluate national plans and health strategies, especially in the field of control. against HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis. He continues to lead on behalf of donors budgeting missions for strategic health plans, in the field of reproductive health, primary health care, capacity building of health system actors in product management. health, in monitoring and evaluation of health projects and programs. Mr Kouamé is a confirmed Expert, awarded in the management and monitoring of the performance of hospitals in a context of universal health coverage. He has excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
Expert - Strategic Planning, Programs, Ressource Mobilization, NGOs CSOs
Graduated in Management Sciences, Mr. Aimé AKPATOU started his career as a business auditor and advisor in business creation, bView More
Graduated in Management Sciences, Mr. Aimé AKPATOU started his career as a business auditor and advisor in business creation, before starting a career in the development sector with NGOs and civil society organizations networks and for the United Nations. Currently, Mr. AKPATOU works as a consultant in strategic planning, organizational development, programme coordination, resource mobilization strategies and partnership development.Over twenty (20) years M. Aimé AKPATOU has accumulated experience of work in accounting firm, with the Swiss Centre for Scientific Research in Cote d'Ivoire, with the international NGO Femmes Africa Solidarité, within the political campaigning agency "NIYEL", the Network of Peace and Security for Women in the ECOWAS region (NOPSWECO), the African Union, the Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS). Mr. Aimé AKPATOU capitalizes more than thirty-two (32) years of continuous associative life.
Expert - Health Economist , Healthcare and Public Health Policies Specialist
Christian YAO, economist, specialized in health economics has 15 years of experience in the field of financing and public healtView More
Christian YAO, economist, specialized in health economics has 15 years of experience in the field of financing and public health policies in Africa with a good knowledge of the health systems of several African countries. He is an expert in cost estimation (Costing) and in the economic evaluation of health interventions (cost-effectiveness analysis; cost-benefit analysis, etc.).
He has a solid experience in supporting the preparation of National Health Development Plans, the preparation of Medium-Term Sector Expenditure Frameworks (CDSMT) and health investment files covering several areas including SRMNIA (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health), Nutrition, family planning, vaccination etc. He also has knowledge and skills in coordination, monitoring and evaluation of health programs and projects. Mr Yao is an expert analyst of universal health coverage, healthcare financing (mutual health insurance, etc.) with good experience in the design and implementation of mechanisms / projects to improve access to healthcare and socio-economic support for vulnerable groups.
He is currently the managing partner of "Edev Consulting Group" and an international consultant with several missions and projects to his credit in support of various countries in the fields mentioned above. As part of his activities, Mr. YAO enjoys the confidence of several donors and partners including the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations system, etc., with whom he has been collaborating for several years.
Expert - Marketing Research & Sales Development
Amara Ouattara holds a Masters in Marketing & Sales from the University of Abidjan Cocody. He subsequently worked in the marketView More
Amara Ouattara holds a Masters in Marketing & Sales from the University of Abidjan Cocody. He subsequently worked in the market research agencies Synovate (now IPSOS) and Axes Marketing before joining the Vlisco group, owner of the Vlisco, Uniwax, Woodin, GTP brands, occupying the strategic marketing manager function. During these four years, he contributed to a better understanding of consumers and markets and helped the company to better take advantage of the opportunities of the Sahelian markets (Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso in particular) resulting in the doubling of the volume sold (9 million yards in 2009 to 18 million yards in 2013).
Amara then joined Nestlé Cote d´Ivoire as Sales Operations Manager in 2013. In this capacity, he was responsible for the development of sales in the professional catering channel. He was able to re-engage the teams, develop partnerships through a better understanding of their needs and expectations and improve sales. 8% increase in sales and over XOF 3 billion in new business. In 2016, Amara returned to the consulting profession as Director of Studies at Kantar (Ex TNS). This last mission allowed him to strengthen his skills in a context of digital transformation of the market. During the 2 years spent at kantar.
This sum of experience has allowed Amara to build a solid expertise in Marketing and Sales Development consulting covering several areas including the areas of Energy, FMCG, Financial Services, Technologies… Amara has been Associate Director at Axes Marketing since 2017; a return to the fold as a partner in an attempt to build a support model more focused on action and results. Some client references: SIPRA, Deloitte (USA, France, Senegal), MTN, Malitel, BNDA MALI, Nestlé, Sanofi-Aventis, BNI, Injaro Investment.
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BridgAfricA Network Initiative is a professional and personal enrichment program and an exciting lifetime journey.
Your most valuable weapon is clearly the ability to understand and articulate why the experiences you had in one job are transferable to another. That is why we remain committed to your growth and success when inside BridgAfricA and long after you have left the company.For us, past and current BridgAfricA’s Talents are part of the same family:
The Problem Solvers and Creative Thinkers.