Abdellatif Bouziani
Chief Executive Officer
Airtel Niger

Abdellatif Bouziani is a telecommunications professional with over 20 years of international experience in the industry. Nowadays he is the MD of airtel Niger since April 2019, where he managed to realign the business and refocus the team of airtel Niger to gain trust and regain self-confidence, which translated in steady double digits growth, using and developing the same resources available and managed to improve company profitability with full compliance.

Abdellatif’s career began in France 1995 where he worked for the second largest telecoms operator, Cegetel for 5 years, followed by a posting in Kenya in 2000 where he setup and successfully launched Kencell (now Airtel). In 2003, amidst the military involvement in Afghanistan, Abdellatif moved to Kabul where, he launched the network for Afghanistan’s second mobile operator, Roshan, majority owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED).

In 2008, Abdellatif moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the CTO for Tigo, owned by Millicom and within 6 months of joining, Abdellatif was quickly promoted to CEO. During his tenure with Tigo, Abdellatif led the company from negative EBITDA to positive EBITDA of 37% in 3 years by introducing efficiencies and innovation to the organization.
From Kinshasa in 2013 he moved to a new challenge as Group CEO to launch new telco group cross East Africa Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania from scratch named Smart, where he successfully managed to create a new organization and launch 3 mobile operators under same brand (Smart) in 3 countries simultaneously and grew the business, in a highly competitive environment.

Abdellatif graduated as Telco Engineer from EPITA Advanced Engineering College in Paris, France in 1995 and earned an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston in 2007. Abdellatif also attended executive programs at London Business School in 2010, Stanford Graduate Business School 2011 and at the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland 2011.