Abdoulaye Magassouba has held the position of Minister of Mines and Geology in the government of Prime Minister Mamady Youla since January 4, 2016.
An economist, former advisor to the Presidency of the Republic and expert in major investment projects, Abdoulaye Magassouba is one of the figures who best represents the work undertaken by President Alpha Condé’s new government, which was formed with the priority of promoting expertise and focusing on delivery. The new government’s main objectives include driving economic recovery, creating jobs and strengthening training, particularly for young people, improving the investment climate, and providing support for local businesses, the real engine of the economy.
Abdoulaye Magassouba belongs to Guinea’s new generation of highly skilled executives, who have developed their skills in Guinea and abroad and succeeded in the private sector before joining public administration to actively contribute to the economic transformation of the country.
Abdoulaye Magassouba held the post of Counsellor in charge of the Bureau of Monitoring and Support of the Presidency of the Republic from March 2013 to December 2015. In this capacity, he was involved in many major projects in the mining sector, energy and agriculture. In particular, he actively participated in the negotiations and monitoring of the GAC project with Mubadala as part of the relaunch of the bauxite sector, as well as the Simandou project. He also participated in the mining sector’s promotion of activities with international investors and development partners.
Abdoulaye Magassouba was an active member of several strategic and technical committees. He has been a key player in discussions with partners on undertaking the Souapiti project, consulted more widely in the energy sector, and assisted in the monitoring of Guinea’s strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi on agriculture, energy and mining.
Before joining the Office of the President of the Republic, Abdoulaye Magassouba served for 15 years in roles providing consulting, technical assistance and audit structures to the public and private sectors in Guinea, allowing him to develop a detailed knowledge of relevant companies, actors and Guinean economic issues.
Abdoulaye Magassouba worked on the design and implementation of projects and programs funded by multilateral donors. Notably, he participated in the establishment or the audit of most of the World Bank’s major projects in Guinea during the 2000s in the fields of health, institutional capacity building and decentralization. In the private sector, he performed audit and business consulting across mining, insurance, telecommunications, electricity, micro finance, trade and industry.
Abdoulaye Magassouba has also taught and worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Development Economics at Williams College, USA. He has conducted consultations for international organizations such as UNAIDS, the International Trade Centre (ITC, UN), the African Development Bank and International Expertise France.
Born in Macenta in the South-East of Guinea in 1976, Abdoulaye Magassouba won a Fulbright scholarship to complete his Higher Studies Diploma in Financial Management in Morocco (High Technology School of Morocco, Rabat), before completing a Masters in Economic Policy, at Williams College, Massachusetts, in 2010-2011. During the completion of both the first and second parts of his BA in 1994 and 1995, he was one of very few Guinean graduates to achieve the position of first in the Republic. He was also valedictorian at the School of Commerce in Morocco in 2000.