Africa, land of digital innovation, is in the spotlight at IMT-Télécom École de Management

Published on 16/05/2018

For thirty-nine years, IMT-Télécom École de Management has been providing a learning environment…

…opened to students from across Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa.

Within the Grande École Program, a third of all foreign students are originally from Africa (from the 32 countries represented, 11 are African). African students are drawn to the training available at Télécom École de Management because the school, which is a public school, focuses strongly on technology management. Africa is a dynamic continent, a region where the digital economy holds the key to the future and a land full of digital innovation.

African realities and prospects

By the year 2030, 85% of jobs will be ones that don’t even exist yet today. There will certainly be a race to introduce digital processes and robotization within production processes. IMT-Télécom École de Management is a management school like no other, because it trains innovative managers who will position themselves as leaders of responsible digital transformation. Not many people know that lots of digital innovation comes directly out of Africa, such as mobile payments (Orange Money was an African pioneer) or even tracking medicines to help limit fraud and counterfeiting.

Vibrant and innovative Africa within Télécom École de Management

Created in May 2017, African-IT is one of the youngest student groups on campus. It works to promote African culture in our schools and beyond. For instance, the association recently organized the ‘Digital technology and Development in Africa’ conference held on May 3 in Paris, opened by Denis Guibard, Director of IMT-Télécom École de Management, Institut Mines-Telecom’s business school. The purpose of the event was to understand which sectors would see the most transformations from introducing digital processes on the continent, but also gave students and recent graduates the opportunity to promote themselves as digital players in Africa in both the short and medium term. The list of speakers included Orange, the French Development Agency, as well as Michel Pavageau, Director of International Relations at Institut Mines-Télécom.

African graduates climbing the ladder and achieving their goals

Graduating in 2003 and originally from MaliMoussa Bagayoko shows real entrepreneurial spirit. He founded Yélé Consulting, a consultancy and engineering firm specializing in the energy sector. His company came 2nd in the 2017 Champions of Growth rankings published by Les Echos and Statista. Yélé has made a name for itself in France, sharing its expertise in innovation at all levels, covering production, transport, distribution and energy consumption. These innovations make it possible to develop risk-free renewable energies for electricity networks, optimizing energy bills for consumers and facilitating access to energy for even the most isolated populations. The word ‘Yélé’ is a nod to Moussa Bagayoko’s home country of Mali. It means ‘bright’ in the sense of electricity or intellect. The term is therefore particularly well-suited to a company working on smart energy services. This graduate has worked hard to take his business to an international level over the past 3 years, creating a subsidiary of micro-grids and a professional training center for the energy and sustainable development industries in Western Africa.

Moussa says, “In my opinion, my career success is reflected in my projects in Mali. It’s easier to make a real impact on the everyday lives of our fellow citizens over there, especially when it comes to energy. I regularly return to Bamako to follow up on my projects, supporting and encouraging our local teams who are doing excellent work.”

Another career path of an excellent manager of one of the global leaders in IT and communications

Alioune Ndiaye, who graduated in 1985, has climbed to the highest level within Orange, European leader in communications and one of the world’s key players.

Alioune has been appointed to the Group’s Executive Committee as Director General of Orange Africa-Middle East. In this role, he will be responsible for developing Orange subsidiaries in a number of African and Middle Eastern countries, particularly in Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Jordan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Given the significant growth and strong potential of the regions involved, he will face some tough challenges.

His appointment was announced by Stéphane Richard, Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Group, at the closing of a meeting with the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, on February 23, 2018.

A place of reflection and personal development, Institut Mines-Télécom’s Business School puts specific focus on projects led by students and that develop the campus spirit. So don’t hesitate to take the leap to come and experience this student life!

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