International Advisory Council Member

Dr. Marie-Paule Donsimoni-Bupp

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Dr. Donsimoni is a social entrepreneur with four decades in senior positions in the knowledge management industry, focusing on technology as a means of increasing productivity, and 10 years as an investor in Botswana.

In Jan. 2013, Dr. Donsimoni was appointed CEO of AIDA, a boutique that facilitates infrastructure implementations in Southern Africa and in the Bay of Gabon.

In Feb. 2012, the Masire Foundation invited Dr. Donsimoni to join its Board of Trustees and focus on “rural innovation” and “peace and governance”. She has been on the Board of Advisors of Oxford Analytica since 1993.

In 2007, she started the Aarberg Group bringing innovative practices in Botswana. By Dec. 2010 her agribusiness, employed close to 100 employees. Exceptional circumstances in the livestock industry led to a voluntary closure of the activity in October 2011. In 2009, she started AcademE as the sole Distributor of Ontuitive Products and Services in Africa. AcademE is BOTA accredited, joined the Botswana Innovation Hub in Dec. 2010 and works with the Microsoft Innovation Center and the Botswana College of Agriculture.

Before, she worked in California with the largest privately-held learning group, Knowledge Universe; in France, as CEO of DAFSA; and, prior, as senior manager in the UK, at Oxford Analytica and the Economist Intelligence Unit; and, in Belgium, at DRI/McGraw Hill.

She held several posts in academia: Dean of the Economics Department of the Catholic University of Louvain, Professor of Economics at Columbia University, visiting Professor in France and Italy. She holds an M.A. in Economics from Paris-I, an M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Paris-VI, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. She has published numerous articles and a textbook. A French citizen, she divides her time between Paris, the permanent residence of her American husband, and Gaborone.

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