MOHAMED BOUAMATOU is a self-taught Mauritanian entrepreneur.
In 1995, he created the Générale de Banque de Mauritanie (GBM), Mauritania’s first private bank followed by several insurance companies. He also became a shareholder in various domestic and international companies, founded Mauritania’s first mobile phone company and a cement works. From 2000 to 2006, he was the president of the Confédération Nationale du Patronat de Mauritanie (National Confederation of Mauritanian Employers).
Today he is at the head of BSA Group, a giant in the Mauritanian and West African economy that is present in numerous sectors: banking, insurance, the automobile sector, food, building, technology, etc.
In 2001, he created the Fondation Bouamatou eye hospital to help beat blindness. The hospital has gone on to become one of the largest ophthalmology hospitals in Africa treating more than 5,000 patients a year for cataracts completely for free. Their motto is: “first come, first served.”
In 2004, Mohamed Bouamatou financed ten thousand connections to provide access to running water for the inhabitants of Kiffa, as well as building an extension to Cheikh Zayed Hospital maternity unit (surgical units, intensive care, hospital rooms etc).
Mohamed Bouamatou also funds primary and secondary schools in Mauritania and in other countries.
In August 2015, together with two European lawyers specialised in Human rights law, Mohamed Bouamatou created the Fondation pour l’Egalité des Chances en Afrique (Foundation for Equal Opportunity in Africa), a registered charity recognised as such by a Belgian royal decree. The aim of this new structure is to facilitate the consolidation of such infrastructures as are required to reinforce the Rule of law and democracy in Africa.
Mohamed Bouamatou is on the board of the Spanish foundation, ‘Mujeres por Africa’.