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H.E. Mr   Adama  SAMASSÉKOU

President, International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences

"It is very important to understand that for the broadband to be really inclusive, to be a universal broadband for all, it needs to be multilingual. As far as we do not allow the majority of the population to have access to broadband, we will fail in our efforts to spread this wonderful tool which will in fact enable us to achieve the Millennium Development Goals."

Adama Samassékou is Chairman of the International Board of Philosophy and Humanities (IBPHS) and President of MAAYA, Network Global Linguistic Diversity. As Former Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), a specialized agency of the African Union based in Bamako, and former Chairman of the Committee (PrepCom) for the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva (WSIS / 2002-2003), he was Minister of Education of Mali, the initiator of the reform of the education system (1993-2000) and Spokesperson of Government (1997-2000), Member of the High Council of Francophonie from 2003 to 2006. He is now a member of the International Commission of the IUT and UNESCO Broadband Commission of Digital Development, member of the Steering Committee of the UN-IYGU initiated by International Geographical Union, member of the High Level Panel for reform of UNESCO and member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Human Sciences (ICHS-Byblos). Holds a Master in Philology and Linguistics of the State University Lomonosov Moscow, a DEA in African linguistics at the Sorbonne and a Master of Science Consultation and Training Organizations Paris-IX (Dauphine), Mr. Samassékou was Head of Linguistic Department Institute of Human Sciences of Mali and Director National Library and Advisor of the Minister of Culture.

He is the author of several articles and reflections on cultural diversity and language, the overhaul of education systems, the company information, knowledge and shared knowledge, the Renaissance African Eurocentrism.

He speaks and writes fluently Bamanankan, Songay, Fulfulde, French, English and Russian.