Mr. Lamine Savadogo has dedicated his entire professional career to developing ties between Africa, his continent of origin, and the United Sates his adopted home. Mr. Lamine Savadogo glides seamlessly between the cultures of his dual world, drawing on skills, knowledge and experience garnered throughout a career that encompasses positions in government, academia and business. He is the President and Founder of Marison Energy Systems Corporation, a Massachusetts-based international business development firm specialized in US-Africa trade and investment. Since its inception, the firm has established an impressive record of achievements and has a roster of past and current clients ranging from small firms to Fortune 100 companies, as well as Federal Government Agencies, Multilateral institutions and African Government entities.
Prior to founding Marison International, he worked for the Massachusetts Port Authority as Manager of International Trade Promotion Services for Europe of Africa. In that capacity, he assisted hundreds of New England companies in developing international markets for their products and services. In recognition of his effectiveness, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts awarded him a citation for “Outstanding Performance” in 1990.
With a keen interest in issues related to cross cultural interactions and the conduct of business transactions across national boundaries, he has taught African Languages at both Boston and Harvard Universities. He is a regular speaker at international business seminars and authored articles published in several magazines. In 1993, World Trade Magazine inducted him in the World Trade Hall of Fame as “One of 11 Americans changing the way the World does business”.
Mr. Savadogo has served on the boards of several institutions, including three terms as a member of the Sub Saharan Advisory Committee of the Export Import Bank, a body mandated by the US Congress to provide guidance to the bank in developing its lending activities in Africa.
In 2001, Mr. Savadogo was elevated to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali, by the President of the Republic of his native Mali (Knighted). Mr. Savadogo is also a Global Ambassador for the Edison Electric Institute.
He is a native of Mali and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He is fluent in Bambara, French, English, and Portuguese, with a working knowledge of German.