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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.
Ms. Ombick serves as the Director of Policy and Strategy at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. In this capacity she is the Director of the Nkafu Policy Institute, a leading Cameroonian think tank at the foundation. She works with the Country Director to craft the foundation’s short and long term strategy.
She brings great expertise in the areas of governance and public management, business law, public policy and change management. She is very driven, self motivated and has been well trained. She holds a Masters in Business Law from the University of Douala, as well as a D.E.S.S specializing in enterprises. She also has a Masters in Development specializing in Governance and Public Management from the University Senghor in Alexandria, Egypt. Throughout her career, she has worked so far with several international companies located in Africa, Europe and Canada in the fields of automotive, diplomatic representation, Research in governance and Development organizations. She is member of the African Think Tank Network.
Augustine Kondje-Tanikwu is an Operations Manager at the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. He studied in C.P.C Bali (secondary school) and CCAST Bambili (high school), then furthered to the Federal University of Cameroon in Yaounde then, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Economics. Augustine then worked in the private sector as manager of a small business unit before furthering to The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and then to the University of Luton in the United Kingdom where he graduated with an executive global master in business administration-MBA. He continued and obtained another master in accounting and controlling.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Augustine has worked for Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin (five stars) as logistics manager, and for the European Patent Office-EPO as an executive administrative assistant; all in the Netherlands. He has equally worked for Renaissance Cooperative Credit Unions of Cameroon-RECCU-CAM (apex organization of credit unions in Cameroon) as assistant general manager, for Building Industry of Cameroon-BRIC as management controller and for Saddle Hill Ranch and Resort as management controller, finance officer and human resource manager; all in Cameroon. He holds a Certification in Psychometric Situational Judgement and he is a certified management accountant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gaelle Dejo is an Economic Policy Analyst at the Nkafu Policy Institute, Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation. Her previous role at the Foundation was as a Research Assistant in Economic Policy as well as an Executive Attachee. She joined the foundation from Elios Consulting where she served as Executive Attachee. Gaelle holds a Masters in Business Administration from the United International Business School in Zurich, Switzerland where also obtained her Bachelor’s degree.
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.
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.
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