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Africa Tech Festival 2024 – The Home of AfricaCom, AfricaTech & AfricaIgnite
Event dates: 11-14 Nov 2024
Exhibition Opening Dates: 12 - 14 Nov 2024Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

Lassina Konate
Director Digital Economy and Telecommunications at Ministry Digital Economy


Lassina KONATE is an Experienced Telecommunications Expert practitioner with more than 30 years in telecommunications environment across various fields: fixed, mobile, satellite, etc.

Before joining the ministry in 2015, as Senior Technical Advisor to the Minister, he worked for the Private sector holding different senior positions locally as Chief Technical Officer for MTN Côte d’Ivoire from the launch of the first GSM network in 1996 in the country, till 2006

And internationally, as Key Account and Sales Director for Intelsat from 2007 to 2014 in Johannesburg (South Africa)

With a strong visionary business and technology management skills, he has been appointed since November 2016, Director of Digital Economy in charge of Strategic Management of the country digital transformation with a focus on the Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation.

In his current position as Government transformation leader, Lassina is member and national focal point for several technical Working and Study Groups on Digital Transformation Strategy (Smart Africa), IoT (ITU-T SG20), Cybersecurity (OCWAR – Organized Crime, West Africa Response on Cybersecurity and fight against Cybercrime).

Lassina has a master’s degree in Telecommunication, an Executive Development Program (EDP) certificate in Business Management, Technology strategic management and Leadership from Graduate School of Business Leadership of University Of South Africa (UNISA), and a Verified Certificate of Digital Transformation Strategy from Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Certified recently (September 2020) in “Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains WDR 2020” from World Bank Group OPEN LEARNING CAMPUS