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Dr. Foretia is co-chair of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. Along with co-chair Lenora Ebule, he shapes and approves strategy, advocates for the foundation, and helps set the overall direction. He is also the Chairman of Merckshire LLC, an international holding company with operations in the US and Cameroon. A surgeon by training, Foretia has always been involved in philanthropic activities and issues related to international development.
Lenora is a co-chair of the Denis and Lenora Foundation. She defines the strategy to implement the organizations goals and to align it activities with its vision. Lenora has always had a passion for issues related to enterprise development and private sector growth in emerging economies, especially Cameroon.
Dr. Gopaul is the Chief Executive Officer of Nuovotech LLC, a biotech company developing high-quality yet simple, affordable and low maintenance medical devices to meet the needs of low and middle-income countries. He has broad experience in patient care, biomedical research, consulting and entrepreneurship. His particular interests lie in hospital administration, healthcare consulting and biotech start-ups. He was previously a Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health where he focused on HIV research, specifically HIV immunology.
Toby Gordon, ScD (Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University) joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2010. She serves as the Faculty Director of the Healthcare and Life Sciences MBA Programs and is an Associate Professor in the practice track with expertise in the areas of healthcare policy, management of health systems, and technology commercialization. Toby has a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management), as well as a part-time appointment with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery.
Agathe Djomeghu is the Office Manager at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. In this position she is responsible of Front office management, reporting of meetings, she handles the logistic together with the procurement consultant, manage the administrative issues regarding business trip and organization of scientific events and maintain all Personnel files. She has more than 13 years of experience and has previously worked as a Bilingual Administrative Assistant at Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA). She has a good experience in organizing and participating in international meetings. Following her academy portfolio; From GCE Advanced Level to first year university, enhanced with profound training in Microsoft office and Secretariat duties, she contributes significantly to the Foundation’s growth.
Nsaikila Melaine Nyuyfoni an Economist, Business Analytic, and Data Analyst. At the Foundation he is a Senior Economic Policy Analyst and Head – Economic Affairs Section of the Nkafu Policy Institute. Graduating with a B.SC in economics from the University of Buea, in Cameroon, 2010, Melaine gained employment with a Non-Governmental Organization called (Center for Nursery Development and Eru Propagation), CENDEP in 2011 as the projects coordinator and manager for the commercial subsidiary (Forest House) of the organization. In 2013, his hard work and dedication was recognized and he was one among three Cameroonians awarded the Fulbright Junior Staff development grant scholarship for that year. As a result, he left Cameroon to study for a Master’s Degree in economics at Western Illinois University.
Ulrich is an Economic Policy Analyst at the Nkafu Policy Institute.
Epoh Severin is a technical lead and graphic designer at the foundation. In this role he oversees the technical aspects of the foundation’s website, all print and electronic media activities.
Aneh serves as Senior Advisor at the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation. In her role, she serves as a strategist for the STEM Prize and the Leadership Program for Young Scholars at the foundation. Aneh’s passion for science fuels her desire to impact change in Africa, specifically her homeland Cameroon, by pioneering and fostering the pursuit of S.T.E.M careers by young Africans. She has devoted her time in empowering young Africans in developing ethical leadership skills early on, a call she holds dear to her heart.
Dr Fuein Vera Kum is a focused, enthusiastic and thorough economic researcher who is keen on exploring key economic challenges to find possible and feasible solutions. She holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Benin, Nigeria. She has worked as a lecturer in several higher institutions of learning in Cameroon. She joins the Denis and Lenora Foundation as Economic Policy Analyst.
Ms Koudjon Antoinette is the Executive Attaché at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she was a Bilingual Secretary at ETS NDIFOR &BROS CONSTRUCTION and later with CITY TRUST CREDIT FUND S.A as an Administrative Assistant. Born in Edea in the Littoral region, she moved to P.H.S Batibo where she completed her G.C.E Advanced Level. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Modern Letters from the University of Yaounde I.
Eugene Arnaud Yombo Sembe is an Analyst with the Governance and Democracy Initiative at the Nkafu Policy Institute. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Yaoundé II, Department of Political Science and working on a thesis titled : “Secession as state creation process. Comparative analysis of Erythrea and Southern Sudan”. He holds a Masters in political science (University of Yaounde II) and another Masters in Governance (Panafrican University Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences).
He has published more than ten articles related to the domains of Governance, Politics and International Relations like in elections, migrations, geopolitics, geostrategy, conflict management and public policy. He previously was an associate researcher at the Paul Ango Ela Foundation in Yaoundé.
Egoh Modi Aziz is a Development Policy Analyst at the Nkafu Policy Institute. Prior to joining Nkafu, he was the managing director of MEEC Enterprise, a marketing and distribution in Douala. He also is on the Board of the Great Commission and Humanitarian Association based in Douala and serves as the organization’s secretary general.
Egoh obtained his bachelor’s degree in History and International Relations from the University of Yaounde 1. In 2006 he completed a postgraduate degree, Cum Laude, in Development Studies at the Institute for Social Development -University of the Western Cape – Cape Town and was admitted as a fellow in the Democracy and Diversity Institute. He further obtained a Master of Arts in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007. His research interest is in the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in development.
Ms. Njitone Nkongeh Laura is an intern in the Communication Department ofthe Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations with speciality; International Communication and Public Action obtained from International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) and a B.Sc. in Journalism and Mass Communication obtained from the University of Buea. She has carried out various internships both in private and public institutions which has enabled her gather experience in the field of communication and policy making.
Stephane is an Assistant Graphic Designer at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. In charge of assisting the Senior Graphic Designer in the design of graphics and video production.
After studying law at the University of Yaounde II Soa, he did a professional training in graphic design and multimedia to which he obtained the diploma of professional qualification.
After several intership with enterprises, he evolved as a freelancer in production of graphic designs and video editing. Before joining the Foundation, he worked with the clips group aMUSIC. In addition to this he also teaches courses in computer graphics as a volunteer.
Ajong Mbapndah L serves as a Communications Adviser for the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation and the Managing Editor of Pan African Visions. He holds a bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Buea in Cameroon, a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon and a master’s Degree in Mass Communications from the Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA. He has had stints working with local newspapers in Cameroon, serving as Communications Officer of a civil society group, Communications Aide to a Member of Parliament and the Communication Secretariat of a political party.
His works have featured in international media outlets like Africa Today, BBC Focus on Africa, Peace Monitor, and African Arguments. He is accredited with the Foreign Press Center in Washington, DC. Africa is his area of specialty and he has extensive experience doing stories and interviews on events and personalities with a bearing on Africa. He has covered World Bank /IMF meetings, the first USA-Africa’s leaders’ Summit, the Democratic Party’s convention high profile business events like the Corporate Council on Africa USA-Africa Infrastructure Summits, and the Powering Africa Summits in Washington, DC and many others.
Ms. Odette Kibu is a PhD Candidate in Public Health at the University of Buea. She hold a Masters Degree in Chemical Pathology and a Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Biochemistry also from the University of Buea. Prior to joining the Foundation Ms. Kibu was a Research Assistant in Public Health at the University of Buea under the supervision of Prof. Dickson Shey Nsagha. She also previously worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
Martin Arrey Aiyuk is a creative, innovative and proactive Graphic Designer at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. He studied Design (Fashion and Graphic design) in Style Design College, Durban Campus in South Africa. Martin then worked at Strangelove Clothing/Best Grading as creative designer while in Johannesburg before coming back to Cameroon. He has equally worked at Agillant Group Sarl, a logistics company in Yaoundé as Graphic designer and photoshoot director, Beutec Broderie, a tee shirt and clothing company in Douala as Graphic designer and creative stylist and photoshoot director and equally at Kibonen NY, a clothing company as illustrator and creative designer assistant.
Yungong Theo Jong is a Contributor at the Nkafu Policy Institute. He is a development researcher with strong interest in Information Production and Management for development and humanitarian interventions and for strategic development communication activities. He holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Buea Cameroon, a Postgraduate Diploma in Geoinformation Production and Management from the Regional Center for Training in Aerospace Surveys in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He is currently a doctoral researcher in Developmental Studies in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, the Eastern Cape- South Africa where he also earned his Master’s degree in the same area of studies.
Mesue Michael Ngame serves as Business Manager at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. He is involved with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (SBEC) in Buea with the goal of enhancing the management practices of small businesses in the region. He also works in the capacity of Business Manager at Tazemil Ltd, an agricultural venture based in Buea. Prior to the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation Michael was the Manager at La Ferme de L’espoir Ltd, a poultry farm in Douala.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from the University of Buea. He is hardworking, innovative and believes in the impact of Agriculture on the Cameroonian Economy as a whole and to its citizens in particular.
Ms. Ngole Juliette Eloe is an Intern in development research at Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. She holds a Professional Master’s degree in International Banking, Money and Finance from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) and a Bachelor’s. Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Buea. Prior to joining Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation, she has been an intern in various banking institutions and NGO. She is quite concerned about policies development in Cameroon and impacted of policies on lives of Cameroonians.
FANKAM SIDEU Muriel is an intern, Economic Research at the Nkafu Policy Institute, a Think Tank at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, with a focus on International Banking and Finance from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC). She is passionate about economic policy and their microeconomic impact. Before joining the Nkafu Policy Institute, she has interned in various banking Institutions and most recently, the Bank of Central African States (BEAC). These experiences have given her the ability and skills, both qualitative and quantitative to better appreciate and analyse specific policies as well as make relevant policy recommendations.
Nchinda Pechue Melie is an intern, Economic Research, at the Nkafu Policy Institute, a Cameroonian Think Tank at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked as a credit analyst with ACEP Cameroon and as a research Assistant with IRAD Cameroon. She went though formal studies in the University of Buea and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, as well as a Masters degree in Agribusiness form the University of Dschang. Upon graduation from the University of Dschang, she proceeded to Kenyatta University, Kenya where she obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness. She is self-driven and values all positive additions to knowledge.
Prisca Mbah is a Health Policy Intern at the Nkafu Policy Institute.
Manuella Fosso Yimga – Policy
Divine Alangeh – Programs
Christelle Bah – Health Policy
Mildred Ayafor – Leadership
Prudence Missoka – Programs