Board of Directors

Cote d’Ivoire Foreign Minister and founding Chair of the IUGB Board of Directors the Honorable Daniel Kablan Duncan congratulates new Chair Mr. Kouassi Kouame at October 2011 board meeting.


The University is governed by an autonomous Board of Directors comprised of distinguished persons from international and local business, international organizations, NGO’s, and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.The Board establishes University policy, conducts strategic planning, appoints the President and with him raises funds for facilities construction, scholarships and operation of the University.The President, as the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the operation of the University within the academic and fiscal policies established by the Board. This role also includes, with Board approval, appointment of Vice Presidents and Deans.

Board Officers and Members

The Board is comprised of individuals noted for distinction, professional capability and commitment.  Above is a photo of board members in attendance at the October 2011 meeting in Abidjan. Pictured on the first row from left to right are: Mr. Kouassi Kouame, Director General, Kesnad Oil and Energy, Board Chair,  Mrs. Doris Martin, JD, Board Vice Chair; Cote d’Ivoire Foreign Minister and former Board Chair, the Honorable Daniel Kablan Duncan; second row: Mr. M.C.  Thomas, General Director of TATA Steel Limited West Africa; Mr. Theodore Hoegah, Lawyer, Confederation of Ivory Coast Enterprises; Mr. Tahi Michel, General Director of Budget, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Board Treasurer; Prof, Saliou Toure, President of IUGB;  third row: Reverend Richard Goodrich, retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; former board member, Mr. Amin Idrisse, Human Resources Director of the Nestle Company in Cote d’Ivoire; Ambassador John F. Hicks, Advisor to the Board Chair and President;  Mr. Jean-Louis Billon, President of the Cote d’Ivoire Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of SIFCOM Group; former member, His Excellency Idrissa Bijou, Cote d’Ivoire Ambassador to Tunisia; Madame Simone Tchinah, Board Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire; and Mr. Samuel Koffi, Board Development Officer and Chief Operations Officer of IUGB.  Members not seated above: Dr. Jun Liu, Associate Provost for International Initiatives. Georgia State University; and Mrs. Christine Kouamelan, Pharmacist.

IUGB Senior Administrators 

Senior Executives

IUGB’s senior executive team is comprised of the President, Chief Operations Officer, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Under the President’s leadership and direction, these three individuals are charged with the responsibility of implementing the policies plans and programs of the University as mandated by the Board of Directors.

Professor Saliou Touré

Sworn in on May 18, 2007 as the first President of the International University of Grand-Bassam, the honorable Professor Saliou TOURÉ has received countless awards and honors.  He is a member of the Academy of Science, Arts, and Cultures of Africa and of the African Diasporas (ASCAD) of Côte d’Ivoire; a former Minister of Higher Education, Research and Technological Innovation…more


Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Samuel Koffi

Samuel Koffi is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB).  In this capacity, he oversees the daily operations and development of the University and acts on behalf of the President during his absences. Mr. Koffi, a 1995 graduate of Georgia State University, has been the driving force behind the higher education partnership between Cote d’Ivoire and Georgia State University since it began in 1994…more


Ahmed Legrouri picture VPAAVice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Ahmed Legrouri

Dr. Ahmed Legrouri holds a BS in Chemistry from Mohammed V University in Rabat, a Doctorate in Materials Science from the National Polytechnic Institute, Toulouse, France, and a Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from Glasgow University, UK. From 1982 to 1994 he served as a professor at Marrakech University. .…more


Associate Dean, School of Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Dr. Marcel Silué, Dean

Dr. Marcel Silué has been the Dean of the School of Art Science and Technology since July 1, 2008. Prior to his post at IUGB Dr, Silue worked for over ten years with several European companies including: EUROCONTROL Research Centre; the European Organization for Safety of Air Navigation; Radioscape Ltd,; the Health and Safety Laboratory in France…more


Associate Dean, School of Business and Social Sciences (BSS)
Dr. Koffi N’Da

Dr. N’Da has been the dean of the School of Business International Relations and Economic Policy since 2008. He received his PhD in Business Administration with a specialization in Information Systems (IS)/Information Technology (IT) from Laval University in Canada…more 

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