Jacob Agbor and his partner Uche Obiuku are both co-founders of infiNAUT Inc,. Jacob was born in Fulton, GA and raised in Limbe and Buea in Cameroon. He Attended St Josephs College Sasse and Lycee Bilingue, completed both O and A Level exams before transfering to the U.S to complete his studies in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University class of 2007. He is currently completing his Masters in Occupational Safety and working as a co-op with Marathon Oil. Jacob entrepreneurial endeavors date back to 2005 while in college, where both Uche and him established a non-alcoholic entertainment venue, Maroon Lounge, in Richmond, KY. They successfully ran the business for 2 years and generated over 300% in profit. They subsequently formed RoundSquares LLC, a real estate venture that struggled during the housing crash of 2008-2010, but still provided with invaluable contacts and experiences. Finally, infiNAUT Inc., is their current business venture through which they seek to compile all of their past experiences and resources into realizing the full potential, Africa and all who could be positively affected by their business.
Julius Agbor is a research fellow in the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He carries out policy analysis and applied research on long run economic growth, macroeconomic policy, and international political economy. He combines a wealth of experience from such diverse sectors as government, private sector, academia and think tank and also from working in developing, emerging market and developed economies.
Previously he served as assistant professor of economics at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). Agbor is also a Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Before joining academia, Agbor worked in the private sector and with government of Cameroon. Agbor has strengths in both theoretical and empirical research and his cross-country studies stretch to the intersection of economics and political science. He has addressed the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute on Africa’s Economic Challenges.
Agbor is a Cameroonian national who received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), an M.Com. (cum laude) from the University of Western Cape and a B.Sc. in Economics from Cameroon. He is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in international studies from John Hopkins University (SAIS).
Nicolas Angwafo studied Film Production at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a Documentary Film Maker and has received the Views Award for Best Documentary and came in first at the Island Film Festival for his documentary ‘Silent Voices’, a piece that exhibited the daily plights of Houston’s homeless population. Nick has also directed several Short Subject documentaries about Cameroonian life on issues from water scarcity to disease control.
Shaun Bamforth has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently at MIT’s Sloan School of Business Management. Shaun owns Broward Lacrosse Advantage, Inc. and is Vice President of the Davie Youth Lacrosse Foundation, a Nonprofit Organization for children of all ages.
Todd Finklestone has a Bachelor of Political Science and Masters in the Science of Ethics and Public Policy from Suffolk University and is currently at Northeastern’s Graduate Nonprofit Management program. Todd is also training with ShelterBox, a British NGO that provides first responder relief to victims of global disasters, to become a Response Team Member.
Louis Rodrigue Fouda is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Alexandria, Virginia. He first joined the firm in 2007 as a Private Banker in Beverly Hills California. Louis has over 7 years of experience in the wealth management profession. His unique background helps him understand most of his clients’ needs as he can easily relate to them. Louis grew up in Yaoundé, Cameroon and lived in Paris France for several years before attending college in Los Angeles, California. Louis graduated both from Santa Monica College and California State University of Northridge where he earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor degree in Finance. He is also a devoted family man; husband and a father of two children.At Wells Fargo Advisors, Louis is responsible for meeting with clients, researching client issues, preparing and presenting customized comprehensive investment plans to help them achieve their goals.He is an active member of the French-American chamber of commerce in Washington DC, Manassas Community Toastmaster group and is the founding member of the Cameroon Dream Scholarship Fund. He is also heavily engaged in bringing awareness to Cameroon’s financial and investment opportunities.
Bill Gwanyalla is the founder of sou-sous.com, the social finance network. He believes he is now doing exactly what he wants to be doing. Bill was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Raised in Douala, he attended P.N.E.U Douala primary school and later to P.S.S Mankon. Bill then went to C.P.C Bali for high school and left a year later to CCAST Bambili where he passed in the 3 papers he took, Math, Further Math, and Physic. Bill later graduated from VMT educational center in Washington DC as a Licensed practical nurse in 2006 but never practiced. He majored in Computer Science in University of Maryland but dropped out after two years to pursue his startup aspirations. Around November of 2010, Bill finally released his first Application on Apple’s App store for the iPhone called 5conditions(causual location meetup). Not being prepared for the load the app crashed 3days after launch and it took him a week to come back but the damage had already been done with the bad reviews. He pulled the plug on that project after it failed to pickup after months. Deciding to take a more careful approach this time he launched an alpha test for sou-sous.com in January of 2012. After the successful alpha testing he launched the beta version in June 2012, but still invite only.
Dr. Niba is Business Development Manager for the Global Nutrition Springboard at Ingredion Incorporated, a leading ingredient solutions provider with facilities in 40 countries. She works in the innovation, development and commercialization of new specialty products, and leads the global business development strategy for key nutrition pipeline products. Prior to joining Ingredion, Dr. Niba was Assistant Professor of Food Science at Virginia Tech, where she taught food science, and directed graduate student research and served as committee chair for a number of students. She was also Regional Marketing Manager for the Americas at Friesland Campina Domo, where she led the marketing strategy for North America. She holds a PhD in Food Science from the University of Maryland College Park, where she was a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship recipient. She also holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the La Salle University School of Business, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the MBA program. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, the National Association of Women MBAs, the National Black MBA Association, and a Professional Member the Institute of Food Technologists and current chair of the Carbohydrate Division of the Institute.
Peter Njodzeka is a Cameroonian film maker and a community development. The production company Penjo Entertainment came after the Life and Water Development Group organization that’s been working in the rural communities of Cameroon providing access to clean drinking water till date. Penjo Entertainment is a PLC renowned and registered company with its headquarters in Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon. Penjo Pete is 35 years old and a father of 2 boys, McRodney Dinyuy and Noel Bahtinyuy.
Arrey Obenson serves as JCI Executive Director of Growth and Development and has been a JCI World Headquarters team member since 2002. As JCI Executive Director, Obenson is responsible for the overall short term and long-term growth strategy of the organization and is equally responsibly for the JCI Growth and Development team in each of the four JCI geographical areas. Obenson also works closely with JCI’s partners, including UNICEF, UNESCO, the UN Foundation, the UN Global Compact and the International Chamber of Commerce. Obenson actively engages large multinational corporations, small-to-medium-sized enterprises, governments and non-profit organizations to develop and enhance collaboration and leverage resources to empower the young active citizens of JCI to create positive change. By utilizing forward-thinking concepts like the JCI Active Citizen Framework, he continuously encourages the realization of the JCI Mission and the commitment to advancing the UN Millennium Development Goals. Obenson is a Barrister of Law and is current member of the Cameroon Bar Association and holds a Master of Law from Washington University in Saint Louis. He is actively engaged with local community affairs and serves as President of the United Nations Association of Saint Louis.
Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu is from the North West region of Cameroon. He obtained his BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences from University of Buea in 2004, and later joined the Infectious disease laboratory of the University of Buea with focus on Malaria immunity in pregnant women and children as a Research Assistant. In 2011 he obtained my MSc in Biomedical Sciences from New Mexico Highlands University and a diploma in Leadership Excellence from the Donahue Leadership Institute/University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Presently he works as a Research Technologists II with the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department of the Medical College of Wisconsin with research emphasis on Male and Female infertility. Joannes is currently enrolled in a Master degree program in Public Health here at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Joannes was student body president in his former University, and during that time, he started a UNICEF Campus Initiative Club sponsored by the US Fund for UNICEF at NMHU aimed at involving campus students to get involved in issues affecting children worldwide. In 2011 Joannes received the overall best student of the year award and then later inducted as a member of the PHI ETA SIMGA Honors society. In the same year he received the Student Speaking award for best research abstract at the New Mexico Annual. Last August, he was the recipient of the Lalor Fellow award with the Lalor foundation for my contribution in reproductive health. In 2009, he was appointed Peace Paint ambassador with the Art Miles Mural Project. Besides my academic career, Joannes has been involved with AMNESTY International and the UNESCO chair as well as health promotion of maternal and child health through UNICEF activities, Women Deliver, the Clinton Global Initiative, Youth Action for Change with focus on Youths and the MDGS. He has volunteered with Big Brother Big Sisters and the Salvation Army. Presently serving as a DoSomething.org’s Youth Advisory Council member and have also served as Co-Chair; Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, USA. Active member with Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), Sigma Xi as as well as member with Global Voices for Maternal Health of the University of Oxford.
Dr. Enaka Yembe, is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician with extensive experience in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care. She is fully licensed in the States of Louisiana and Georgia. She is the founder, Owner and CEO of The American Stat Care Walk in Medical Clinics which have served the Monroe, West Monroe, Ruston and surrounding communities since October of 2006. American Stat Care Centers, are manned by a team experienced and licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, radiology technicians, LPNs and medical assistants who are experts in of most non-emergent medical conditions as well as provide traditional Family Medicine services. These State of the art facilities have x-rays on site which are read by the same group of reading radiologists that cover the local hospitals. Dr. Yembe believes that people should be treated with a sense of decency, kindness and with an awareness of the value of the patient’s time. The electronic health records are immediately available to referring physicians and permit real time communication with pharmacies. Patients are free to walk into the clinic at any time and are always amazed at the quality of care they receive and at the quality of these facilities and the extensive nature of testing they can receive quickly. The American Stat Care policy, VIP treatment to all and cancer screening to all has left patients and their families more than grateful to say the least.
Dr. Yembe earned a BS (Hons) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in Biochemistry. She moved to Milan, Italy and completed her medical education in the “Universita Degli Studi Di Milano in Milan Italy. She then went on and completed her internship in Transitional Medicine in Howard University Hospital, Washington DC and then went into a Family Practice Residency in the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, E A Conway Hospital at Monroe. During her residency training she received several honorary awards including the “baby catcher of the year award”, for delivering over 100 babies in one year and was also nominated the “Resident of the Year” in 2005.
Dr. Yembe is actively involved in medical education serving, as a part time Faculty of Family Medicine in the LSU Family Medicine Residency program at E A Conway Hospital, Monroe, Louisiana. She is also an off- site clinical instructor for medical students in the LSU Shreveport medical school. She maintains hospital privileges at several local hospitals as well.
Dr. Yembe is also a member of several organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians, the Ouachita Medical Society, the Southern Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association Auxiliary, and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. She also serves as a board member of Life Choices, a pregnancy resource center in Monroe.
Dr. Yembe is also committed to helping people preserve and protect their body‘s image and to radiate an outward beauty to match their inner beauty. She recently opened her Naturally You Aesthetic Center that offers a variety of minimally invasive medically supervised treatments that require little to no downtime. The Fraxel® laser and The Thermage® represent her commitment to invest in the most modern skin care technology for her patients. At the Naturally You Aesthetic Center you can also get BOTOX® injections and JUVÉDERM® all popular treatments designed to turn back the hands of time.
Dr Yembe’s passion in developing character, integrity and respect in teens has drawn her to teaching the “Worth the wait program” to young female minorities in Monroe, Louisiana. She also taught the “Tar Wars” program to children ages eight to eleven in local schools in Monroe, Louisiana.
Kibonen Nfi started out as one of the co-founders of KiRette Couture, which established her as a force to be reckoned with in the Cameroonian and West African fashion industry. In the fall of 2011, Kibonen decided to take her ideas to a higher KibonenǀNY is the brain child of Cameroonian designer Kibonen Nfi. Inspired by traditional Cameroonian garments, West African fabric and New York’s vibrant fashion scene, Kibonen delved into a brand new label which better actualizes her vision as an African designer. Over five years ago she busted into the fashion scene with the never before seen ingenious idea of contemporizing one of the most delicate and intricate hand woven traditional garments of Cameroon western highlands level under the company name KibonenǀNY, hence, materializing her aesthetic vision by creating pieces that don’t only represent a Cameroonian tribe, but garments wearable and appreciated by the ultramodern West African Afropolitan.
Kibonen is a certified image consultant, and earned a Continuing Education Diploma in International Trade and Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology, a career path her father still struggles to comprehend. A serious career in Fashion is unfathomable in Cameroon, but this ideology is gradually changing thanks to pioneers like Kibonen, who takes it upon herself to cultivate and mature this untapped industry.