Mahamouda Salouhou

Founder and Director

As Director of the European Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ECLEE), Dr. Mahamouda Salouhou is a professor of leadership, cultural diversity, lean healthcare, and international trade at the University of Lille II (France). He is also an adjunct professor at the SKEMA Business School (France), the University of Bilbao (Spain), Hassan I University (Morocco), and the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (Austria). A member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lean Advancement Initiative, he also serves on the Lean Healthcare Working Group. In addition, Dr. Salouhou is rapporteur and presenter of the European Business Forum on Vocational Training, organized by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.

A native of Cameroon, Dr. Salouhou joined the chemical engineering department at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, USA) as a visiting scholar in 2000. During his stay, he became program coordinator for an interdisciplinary program, designing and deploying training and certificate programs for the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), Boeing, and various aerospace suppliers and customers. He has since organized and led several international conferences in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Curriculum design that bridges the gaps between academia, global business needs, and human value systems as well as providing educational opportunities for socio-economically disadvantaged youth are deep passions for Dr. Salouhou. As the founder and director of ECLEE, he has created programs in Six Sigma, Lean Plus, Leadership Diamond®, Leadership Diamond® Certificate Africa, cultural diversity, project management, and international mobility employment in North America and Europe. He has served as a consultant and trainer for Fortune 500 companies and designed and implemented workforce development programs in Europe, North America, and Africa; and developed international mobility programs for ECLEE and a summer STEM Plus seminar for high school students and European and African disadvantaged students. He leads a consortium of more than twenty universities in Africa.

In 2015, he founded Djagora University, an educational institution based in Dakar, Senegal, that focuses on employability skills development and leadership. He is also the founder of Djagora Academy® Finishing School, a unique project-based learning program that accelerates the employability of students and recent graduates.

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