President & Founder, Foundation Perspectives d’Avenir
Mr. Denis Christel SASSOU NGUESSO was born in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. He completed his high school education at the Congo Military Academy for the Youth, and continued on to France (Bordeaux and Paris) to earn professional and graduate law degrees.
He started his career in oil management after a professional training in London with leading oil traders including Glencore, Trafigura and Vitol. He subsequently spent six months with Chevron in San Ramon, USA, and extensively visited the company’s other US offices.
Mr. SASSOU NGUESSO rose through the ranks within Congo’s national oil company (SNPC). He joined SNPC in 2001 and became an executive in the company’s trading branch in London, UK, through end-2002. He then returned to Brazzaville to head SNPC’s trading operations in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, he was promoted head of SNPC’s oil trading department. From 2005 until recently, he was Managing Director of SNPC’s specialized oil and gas trading subsidiary. Since January 2011, Mr. SASSOU NGUESSO is Deputy Managing Director of the SNPC Group, in charge of downstream oil activities, General Administrator of the state-owned oil refinery, La CORAF, and Chief Executive Officer of SNPC-Distribution (a company specialized in supplying refined petroleum products in Congo), both subsidiaries of the SNPC group.
Furthermore, in his capacity as Deputy MD, Mr. SASSOU NGUESSO is working to enhance the social effectiveness of the national oil company, SNPC, by better cooperating with foreign investors to create local economic value in Congo. He believes that political accountability, social responsibility and economic justice for all are the best way to avert the social and political unrest which have recently erupted across Africa. To materialize his social and political ambition, he founded an organization called CECAD, whose aim is to assist Congolese students and to implement micro projects with high social impact. In light of its success, that organization became a political force (Pôle des Jeunes Républicains, or PJR in short) that can boast 37 representatives in local assemblies and 8 members at the national assembly. In 2006, the movement became a fully-fledged political party, the Party for Justice and the Republic (same acronym, PJR). On July 25, 2011, on the occasion of the PCT’s extraordinary congress, the PJR merged with the ruling party to bring new blood and perspective to Congo politics. On that occasion, Mr. Denis SASSOU NGUESSO has been elected to the new party’s executive body (Comité Central) and subsequently to the political bureau, the party’s highest decision-making body. He was then elected in July 2012, as Deputy of the electoral District of OYO, located in the central north part of Congo.
Mr. SASSOU NGUESSO takes to heart his country’s social and political challenges. He is specifically interested in developing the skills of the Congolese youth through training, in helping the unprivileged youth. As an illustration, he has created in 2012 a foundation called “Fondation Perspectives d’Avenir” to promote excellence in education in Congo, by offering grants, scholarships and various forms of assistance to needy Congolese students. Against that background, Mr. SASSOU NGUESSO, through his foundation, is seeking to launch mutually beneficial social initiatives with individuals and institutions in the United States, Europe and Africa. He is also contemplating the project of building up a digital and green University in the District of Oyo, dedicated to innovative and high level education.
In recognition of his commitment in developing the skills of the Congolese youth through his foundation, Mr. SASSOU NGUESSO was recently granted, on February 5th 2016, the honorary distinction of “Doctor Honoris Causa” by the Private University of Marrakech, in Morocco. He also received at the occasion of the 7thyear’s Meeting of the “Builders of African Economy” on April 29th 2016, in Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, the “Special price” for contributing to raising the African Elite of tomorrow.