The Chairwoman of the Foundation
Profile of an Active and Kind-hearted Woman.
Mrs. Claudine Dominique Ouattara, was born Nouvian on December 16th, 1953 in Constantine.
After graduating in A-Levels in Economics in 1972 at the Academy of Strasbourg, she turns out to languages and received a degree in languages in 1975, economics option at the Paris X University. These studies are successively crowned with a degree of property manager in 1987 and a Diploma in Real Estate Expertise obtained in Paris in 1989.
At the family level, Dominique Ouattara is the wife of Dr. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. She is mother of two children, Loïc and Nathalie.
An Active Woman
Since her husband's accession to the Presidency, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara gave up all her activities as an entrepreneur to be at the service of her fellow citizens.
However, she has to her credit a strong experience in the world of business.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company AICI since 1979, which became since 1979 Groupe AICI International, she opened an AICI agency successively in Yamoussoukro, and officies in Bouaké, San Pedro and Jacqueville.
In 1989, Dominique OUATTARA went to the conquest of Europe creating an AICI agency in Paris, in the 16ème arrondissement. That agency located in avenue Victor Hugo, quickly became the showcase of the Group AICI in Europe. During the same year, her peers grateful to her elected her as Honorary Chairwoman of Employer’s Union of Real Estate Agents of Côte d’Ivoire (CSDAIM).
In 1991, followed the creation of an agency in Cannes which is today one of the most successful in the region, and in 1993, and the creation of a realtor’s agent managing office of joint ownership, Malesherbes Gestion, in Paris which manages more than 200 Parisian buildings.
In 2001, an AICI new agency was opened in Gabon, in Libreville, leading country of Central Africa. In February 2006, AICI International settled down in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, a country where expansion demand is becoming higher and higher.
In addition to continuing her real estate business, Dominique OUATTARA became CEO of EJD inc., the company that manages the Jacques DESSANGE Institute, located in Washington. This institute has become today one of the most visited places of the American capital. In 1998, Mrs. OUATTARA acquires Jacques DESSANGE franchise agreement in the USA. She therefore became the Chief Executive Officer of the company “French Beauty Services” in Washington DC, including all of Jacques Dessange‘s franchises of the country: hairdressing salons, beauty parlors, beauty schools, distribution of Jacques Dessange products.
A Kind-Hearted Woman
Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA began her activities as philanthropist since 1980.
Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA began his philanthropic activities since 1980 that. At that time, she constantly conducted humanitarian missions in Côte d'Ivoire, to bring aid and comfort to the underprivileged populations of the in-deep country.
Concerned by the obvious needs of the populations, she decided to formalize her actions by creating in 1998 Children of Africa Foundation for African children.
Since then, From then on, she set up a real multinational organization, which includes dozens of volunteers, also willing to relieve the poorest children on the African continent.
She asked her friend, Princess Ira von Fürstenberg, to be the patron of the Foundation, and help her mobilize goodwill to raise money during charity evenings. Every year, Children of Africa Foundation relieves thousands of disadvantaged children and women in Africa and especially in Côte d'Ivoire.
Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA campaigns on all fronts against child labor. Confident of this commitment, the President of the Republic appoints her, on November 03, 2011, President of the National Monitoring Committee of Actions in the Fight Against Child Trafficking, Exploitation and Labor. Her mission is to monitor and evaluate the actions of the Government in the fight against child exploitation. The activities of her committee and her partners led to the adoption, on March 23, 2012 a National Action Plan 2012-2014, to significantly reduce the worst forms of child labor by 2014. In June 2012, the report of the U.S. State Department on the fight against trafficking in persons, had reclassified Côte d'Ivoire in Tier 2, a sign of the progress made in the fight against child labor.
Empowerment of Women
Believing firmly in the economic potentials of women, Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA creates a Support Fund for Women Côte D'ivoire (FAFCI) to finance their microprojects. The objectives of this fund are to improve the income of women, facilitate their financial independence, strengthen their entrepreneurial capacities and Fight against unemployment.
The FAFCI is unique in that it has a reduced rate of 12% and accessible to all women, even those who have never practiced a lucrative business.
Construction of a Mother / Child Hospital
Against the difficulties of access to care endured by women and children in Côte d'Ivoire, Dominique OUATTARA Ms. Foundation, Children Of Africa built a hospital dedicated to the mother and the child, named Mother Child Hospital Bingerville. Built on a plot of three hectares, this hospital will reduce the difficulties of access to care and help reduce maternal, newborn and child health. It will also consider the issue of HIV on the mother and the child.
Fight Against Mother to Child Transmission of Aids
Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA actively supports all initiatives and programs against HIV infection in the mother and the child. Her vision for children’s future is that of childhood without HIV. Her membership in some associations bringing together First Ladies for the fight against AIDS such as the Organization of African First Ladies against AIDS in 2011 and the African Synergy Association as well as her participation in a meeting of First ladies in Deauville, France in May 2011 and at the meeting of First Ladies of the sub-region in Mali in October 2011, demonstrate her commitment in the fight against the pandemic.
On March 14th, 2013 in Abidjan, she is distinguished in the National Order of Merit of Lebanon to the rank of Grand Cordon.
On July 19th, 2012 in Washington DC, she received the Award of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) for her commitment to the well-being of children.
On January 26th, 2012 in Paris, she is made Commander of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic by President Nicolas SARKOZY.
On December 06, 2011, Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA is distinguished in the Order of Commander, by the Grand Chancellor of the Republic.
On February 16, 2011, Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA, guest of honor at the meeting of First Ladies of the Crans Montana Forum, received the Great Distinction Award of the Crans Montana Forum Foundation, for her actions in favor of solidarity, democracy and peace. This award has been handed by Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of Unesco.
On May 27, 2009, Mrs. Dominique Folloroux OUATTARA has been invested Officer of the Order of Merit of Solidarity. She received that award for her charity works for social relief and humanitarian assistance initiated by her organization since its creation in favor of populations in distress. And she has been awarded by the Minister of Solidarity and War Victims, Mr. Louis Dacoury-Tabley.
On Saturday, May 24, 2008, at the Hôtel du Golf, Abidjan, Mrs. OUATTARA, chairwoman of Children of Africa, is awarded by the Pan-African International Prize ICS 2007-2008 as the best chairwoman of charity structures in West Africa for her education, training and assistance actions in favor of the destitute children and women in difficulties.
On April 11, 2000, during the annual gala organized by the American company Star Group consulting for the award of The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World Prize, Dominique OUATTARA has been elected, in Venice, by a jury composed of bankers, managers and journalists as the Best Businesswoman of the year 2000.
In 1989, Dominique OUATTARA is elected Honorary Chairwoman of Employer’s union of Real Estate Agents of Côte d’Ivoire (CSDAIM).