Gabriel has over 28 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has spent most of his career with Schlumberger where he started as a field engineer. He then occupied various management positions as Training Center Manager based in UK in charge of training and developing field engineers, field technicians and front line managers; Operations Manager Well Service and WCP for West and South Africa; Marketing Manager Schlumberger Oilfield Services for West and South Africa.
He also served as Marketing Manager Schlumberger Well Completions and Productivity for Europe and Africa for based in Paris. He is currently a Global Planning Manager Completions in Luanda, Angola. Gabriel is a former President of LAFABAH (La Famille Bamileke of Houston) and the promoter of Université de l’Entreprenariat (www.a-eim.com) in Douala, Cameroon.
Mr. Kuiatse holds an MBA from the University of Surrey UK.
Energy & Corporate Africa (ECA) produces oil and gas conferences, offers training, research and consultancy services, in the rapidly expanding oil and gas market. They are dedicated to enhancing human capital development, performance enhancement, and capacity building, through our strategic business approach.
ECA continues to identify and develop various business opportunities globally and in Africa’s exploration and production sector. ECA strives for long term excellence in news and market analysis, uniquely designed training and conferences, project management, market development. We map out improvement opportunities in your organization while increasing your effectiveness and revenue.
Energy & Corporate Africa firmly believes that humans are the greatest asset of any nation and organization. The world is undeniably wealthy when it comes to human and natural resources. These resources open up a stream of wealth and business opportunities.
Brice is a pragmatic individual with strong people relationship skills and knowledge of oil and gas industry.
His energy industry experience covers two sectors (service and operator) of the oil and gas upstream value chain and spans over 17 years. He has worked across two continents of the world, most of Africa, and Middle East with core operations experience in well engineering, and completions on land, jungle, desert, offshore continental shelf and deep-water.
Most of his 17 years in the upstream oil and gas industry has been all about project delivery in some very difficult and remote locations. He has delivered some of the longest open hole stand alone screens with intermediate completions and gravel packs in Angola. He has equally delivered DHFC completions in deep-water ranging from 1250m to 1450m on Block 17 in Angola.
Brice is also specialized in completion and well testing design for oil and gas wells, from conceptual design to well site installation: sand control, intelligent completions, stimulation, well testing, perforation, tubing stress analysis, artificial lift, work over, torque and drag analysis, well intervention, equipment selection and qualification and implementation of new technologies. Stimulation, work overs, perforation, intelligent completions, rig less Stimulation, fluid isolation valves, project management, mentoring. He has also led the PDP process for the Completion project of 19 wells offshore and also led completion of permanent abandon project of 8 subsea wells: Oil producer & water injectors with, execution and reporting.
Brice runs and manages Malega Energy Service SARL in Cameroon.
Linda Arrey is President and CEO of Women In Leadership Development and Empowerment, INC (WILDE). WILDE was birth from Linda’s vision and dedication to the education and empowerment of women globally,
and her inclination to improving individual and community standards. As a philanthropist, she is constantly seeking innovative ways to give back to the community through mobilization, direct service, donations, and more.
Prior to founding WILDE, Ms. Arrey has worked as administrator for legislators in Georgia. Her extensive duties included but were not limited to recruiting interns and volunteers, planning and implementation of special events such as mixers and fundraisers, and managing office operations. Among other community and non-profit organizations, she has enjoyed serving as Secretary General of the African Women Development Foundation Inc., helping women and children in need through resource provision and developmental processes. Ms. Arrey has also served as the Programs Coordinator for Pan-African Medical Missions providing sustainable health care to underserved communities. She was also the manager of the Miss Africa USA Scholarship Pageant Organization, the national pageant for women of African descent residing in the U.S. Working with the pageant she managed various aspects of business operations such as auditioning, processing and training the young women that applied to the pageant annually. She also collaborated and formed strategic partnerships between the pageant and other reputable organizations. Her role also extended to managing Miss Africa USA during her reign, where she worked with the Queen to implement structure, refine and execute her platform. Linda continues to serve as a personal career and leadership development mentor to several of these women.
In 2011 Linda founded WILDE to empower a new generation of women ready to take up leadership roles at the workplace, promote community development, and enhance interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, while building self-esteem and overall appearance. (WILDE) is a membership based leadership non-for-profit organization made up of a unique network of professional women from diversified backgrounds and experiences who aim at enhancing women’s skills and involvement at all levels of society. Under Linda’s leadership, WILDE runs a mentoring program for young women between the ages of 13 to 22, and also organizes quarterly women’s brunches and professional mixers bringing together business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals from other disciplines in the metro Atlanta area, with plans to expand to other states. WILDE also hosts a Leadership and Service Awards Gala annually in Atlanta where Ms. Arrey honors proven leaders who are dedicated to improving the lives of others and the community in general. Linda also plans to host the Women’s Leadership and Development Conference in Atlanta in the nearest future.
As a Public Speaker, Linda talks about her contrivance, WILDE, how to promote better workforce, communities and homes by encouraging women to bring their vision and leadership, knowledge and skills, views and aspirations into the development stream. Linda also speaks on “Women Embracing Life and Leadership” where she provides women with tips, tools and resources on how to have a successful work-like balance. She also speaks at various youth programs on topics focused to simply inspire the younger generation to topics meant to prepare them for cutting edge leadership and equip them for entrepreneurial positions.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and a Master of Science in Public Health. She is an Officer of the United States Air Force where she serves as a Health Care Administrator. She is a member of Church of The Harvest International (COTHI), and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. . Linda loves fashion especially shopping for new shoes, fine dining, spending time with close friends and family, and traveling the world.
On January 1, 2013, Kahiga A. Tiagha launched Tiagha & Associates, Ltd., the successor firm of Gonzales Tiagha formed in June 2009. Mr. Tiagha manages the firm. Mr. Tiagha focuses his practice on business, investment and real estate transactions matters, domestic and overseas.
In June 2010 and 2013, Mr. Tiagha was selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star for his work as a business/corporate lawyer. Prior to forming Gonzales Tiagha, Mr. Tiagha ran TKC Group, a business consulting firm that advised clients on risk management, developing and executing business growth strategies and securing financing for various corporate and real estate transactions. Mr. Tiagha was an associate in the Business and Finance departments of Ballard Spahr, LLP and Kleinbard Bell & Brecker, LLP. His practice included representation of businesses in connection with formation issues, the negotiation and preparation of commercial agreements, in the sale and purchase of businesses, structuring of joint ventures and other strategic alliances, and in the private placement of securities. He also has experience in gaming industry law.
Mr. Tiagha earned his law degree from The George Washington University Law School where he received the J.B. and Maurice Shapiro Public Service Internship Award. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a degree in International Relations and Politics with French (B.A. Hons.). He spent a year at L’Université Pierre Mendès-France in Grenoble, France where he received le Diplôme D’Administration et Politique Internationale (Diplôme API). Mr. Tiagha is fluent in French.
Most recently, Mr. Tiagha was appointed Chair of the Legal and Immigration Committee of the Mayor’s Commission of African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), a nonprofit corporation that creates opportunities for individuals and family members to effectively respond to the challenges of mental health conditions. Mr. Tiagha is a Trustee of the Center of Black Culture and International Understanding, an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the archival material and advancing research on the culture of the Black Diaspora. He served as Treasurer to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s first term mayoral campaign in 2006-2007.
Mr. Tiagha is a proud member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for The Third Circuit.
At a mere 22 years of age, she opened her own indie production company, the revolutionary African Pictures International, and has continued to work toward exposing the history, culture, and truth of Africa, women, and the spirit within.
She is also the co-founder of Gifted Minds Africa, a Foundation, aimed at developing and mentoring gifted Africans , to grow their talents to internationally acclaimed standards, and to impact their communities meaningfully.
Born and raised in Cameroon, Fon Dufe came to America to pursue a career in the film industry. A Meisner trained actress and graduate of the New York Film Academy; Sahndra has entertained on stage and on screen as well as with her debut novel, YEFON: The Red Necklace (available on Amazon).
This trilogy of a young groundbreaking woman who sparks a literary revolution in the 1960s, is also set to premiere on the silver screen in the future, and Sahndra herself will step into the lead role, with an amazing cast including: Isaiah Washington, Adriana Barazza, Jimmy Jean Louis, Hakeem Kae- Kazim, Leleti Khumalo, Uti Nwachukwu and many others; with sound track by Kelly Price.
YEFON: The Red Necklace is available on Amazon this May 10th.
Look for Sahndra in international movies like Standing the Rain (2009), Two Princes (2010), Stand Tall (2011), Lost in Abroad (2012), One Night in Vegas (2013), Refugees (2014), Unconditional Love (2014) and many more in development and production.
If you like short films, Sahndra has a lot of them under her belt. Commercials and print cannot be left out! She has done her fair share in that department too! You can currently see on the American Cancer Society national commercial.
She is one of the endorsed faces of Jireh Lip Products in Dubai, and most recently J Tablet in Nigeria. She also modeled for Dove Skincare, in Times Square New York, and actively encourages creative education in Cameroon, through her scholarship program, and annual Know Your Craft International workshop which trains young artists on the craft of acting and film making.
When asked, to describe her in one line, the answer always has the word ‘’ unique ‘’ attached to it.
Sahndra is represented by Howard Talent West for commercial and print, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is spends her spare time both soul-searching, on a journey to regain wholeness and cure the spirit, and on the hunt for Egyptian artifacts, pieces which have captivated her imagination since childhood.
Dany Masado is a young African entrepreneur, human rights activist and disrupter of the status quo. She holds a masters in International public health with a focus on maternal and child health, as her passion lies in human rights and women’s empowerment. In college, she founded a student organization to raise funds for women living with obstetric fistula and regularly organized symposiums to address rape as a weapon of war, gender inequality and poverty alleviation.
She has traveled to Ghana for research on gender inequality in relations to water scarcity, and to Kenya to volunteer as a field manager for a clean water initiative. It is during her heavy involvement in the non-profit field and realizing its portrayal of Africa as a hopeless continent that she decided to venture into business as a strategy to reform Africa’s image through social entrepreneurship.
Dany is now the proud founder of Kuabella, a recently created social entrepreneurship with the mission and vision to repackage the African culture in clothing accessories, photography and a spiritual movement. She is a firm believer that Africa is well on its way being cool again, rather a continent to have pity on.
Dr. Martin Ayong Ayim is a Professor of Health Education in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Studies at Grambling State University in Louisiana. He is the main push behing MHPI Inc.
He is also the author and editor, of COMMUNICABLE DISEASES FOR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION.
Dr. Martin Ayong Ayim, was born in Ngwenjin village in the Azem Clan of Widikum in Cameroon. He studied at Federal Bilingual Grammar School Yaounde and Nursing School Bamenda. He was admitted into Indiana University Bloomington in 1984 where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health Administration in 1987, and a Masters of Public Health with emphasis in Community Health Education in 1989.
Thereafter, he was admitted into Texas A & M University for the doctoral program where he graduated in 1993 with a Ph.D. in Health education. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in the USA. Furthermore he is a grant writer and publisher of many scholarly articles in National and International Journals of Health Education.
He was employed at Grambling State University of Louisiana where he was promoted to Professor of Health Education. He successfully developed the Bs Kinesiology Health Promotion where he serves as Senior Academic Advisor. He earned the Dr. Eddie Robinson, Snr Endowed Professorship in the Department. He won the Health Educator of the Year in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (LAHPERD) in 2004.
He also won the LAHPERD Ethnic Minority Award in 2005. Ayim is an active member of many professional organizations at local, national, and international levels. He has edited and written books in community health promotion, and published articles in the State and International Journals of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He developed the INDICATE Model, a culture-based Model for Community health promotion program planning.
His career objectives are to: teach health education content and process in an Institution of Higher Learning and write grants for external funding; conduct extensive health education-related research in Cameroon an/or in other developing countries of Africa; work with the World Health Organization Regional Office in Africa or with any International or Regional Health Education Institute for Africa; and to write and publish professional articles and textbooks for the enhancement of health education and the control of infectious diseases in developing countries.
Finally, Ayim provides leadership in the health education profession, academia, and society. He served as President of Delta SOPHE Chapter (www.deltasophe.org) of the Tristate-Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama from 2008-2010. He served as Vice-President of the Association for Professional Health Educators of the State of Louisiana (APHELA), Vice President of Health, LAHPERD; and member of Lions Club Ruston, and Rotary Club Ruston. He was Voted Community Service Faculty Member of the Year of Grambling State University in 2007.
Christopher Njeh PhD, was born in Cameroon. He obtained his PhD degree in Medical Physics from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. After graduation, he worked at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK. He then came to the USA as a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California in San Francisco where he was subsequently appointed as Assistant Professor of Radiology. He later completed a medical physics residency at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
Christopher was Chief Medical Physicist at Texas Oncology at Tyler until 2012. Dr Njeh is certified in the Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the ABR. He is author or co-author of over 50 papers and 10 book chapters, and is co-editor of two books He is an ad hoc article reviewer of numerous journals. He is the co-organizer of the Medical Physics Section of the National Society of Black Physicist. He is also a member of the minority recruitment committee of the AAPM and education committee of ASTRO .
He is past President of the Moghamo Element Development Association (MEDA). In 2013 due to his contribution to Medical Physics he was elected Fellow of the American Association of Physicist in Medicine.
Today, Mr. Wambo is a serial entrepreneur and Owner of Daniella home health services, Melwams Services, and G&K kids entertainment. Mr. Wambo also has investment interests in Real Estate, both in the US and in Cameroon.
So many people do things they don’t really believe in. They don’t see their future there. They love their families, but they are uncertain about their success in life, health, healthcare and finances. “I made a decision, if there is anyway I can curb such anxiety in people’s life and families, something I can do right now, I have to find something that I totally believe in and put my life into it. And the reason I do what I do, is because I absolutely believe in what I do.”
Dr. Ashley Fuzie is a consultant and entrepreneur with Health n Wealth 4All. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Dr. Fuzie spent 20 years as a Clinical Pharmacist with Walgreens in Forth Worth, TX.
October 2010 – Today
In charge of the Development of Icon Prod throughout Africa by means of a uniform marketing strategy and in compliance with the Positioning of the Group.
Recruitment of the Staff of the Top management for the various Operations;
Consolidation of the existing Countries through a growth and a development standardized in the various operations;
Implementation of a WOW group allowing us to keep a consistency through markets during our various implementations on the ground.
14 years of experience in African Telecommunications Sector (Broadband Systems , VoIP , Routing, Firewalls , IP Security , CCTV Systems, Vendors Integrated : Cisco , Exalt , SkyPilot, Alvarion, Navini , Redline, RoadHack, Cyberoam , FMSGPS, Intelsat, Ericson , Radwin, Ceragon and many more.
Pre-Sales Engineering and Design Consultant ( Sakon Cameroon ) 2001-2004
VP – Project Integration ( Galtech Sierra Leone ) 2004 – 2005
Integration & Consulting Contractor ( Gilat Satcom Isreal ) – 2005 – 2010
Ms. Sabina Jules is the Founder and CEO of Motherland Kitchen Catering Services, Motherland Spices, and the author of an upcoming book entitled “The Motherland Cookbook – EASY, TASTY, HEALTHY But Not FAST”.
She has a passion for good, tasty, and healthy food. She has devoted time and energy to research different exotic African herbs and spices that come from the rain forests of the continent. Armed with this wealth of information, she carefully composed unique seasoning blends gratifying not only to the African palate, but the culinary industry at large. She has researched, tested and documented the most popular dishes from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in her cookbook.
A past pupil of All Saints School, Bayelle, Bamenda and an ex-student of Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Mankon, Bamenda. Ms Jules graduated from Kean College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Data Processing. She holds several certifications in Oracle Database Administration and she currently works as a Senior Oracle DBA with Hewlett Packard (HP) at the Tenncare Account with the State of Tennessee.
Phebe Etchu is the owner of Dallas-Fort Worth’s Premier African Cuisine Catering company, Frida’s Fireside. She turned her passion for African cuisine into a bespoke catering company which currently mails orders within the Continental United States as part of their services.
Phebe is also the founder of the Dallas based Non-Profit, Inspire Young African Network (IYAN) . IYAN seeks to inspire Young Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Professionals of African/Minority descent, whilst creating a culture of professional collaboration.
Professionally, She is a Stockbroker with a top investment firm in the DFW area. She’s a firm believer in the power of servant leadership, collaboration and finding your passion/s in life.
Dr. Joyce Ashuntantang, actress, screen writer, film producer and poet, is a major force in contemporary Anglophone Cameroonian culture. As a founding member of Cameroon Flame Players and member of Yaoundé University Theater, she starred in numerous stage and TV plays. Her full length film, Potent Secrets (2001), is an undisputable milestone in Cameroon’s film industry. Her awards include, The Spirit of Detroit Award from the Mayor of Detroit, 1987, Cameroon Cultural Festival Awards 1989 and 1994, Outstanding Women in Action Award, Cameroon, 2002, and MOHWA ‘‘women making a difference’’ Award, 2010. Dr. Ashuntantang earned a BA in Modern English Studies from the University of Yaoundé, A Masters in Library and information Science from the University College of Wales, U.K., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York. She is the author of Landscaping Postcoloniality: the Dissemination of Cameroon Anglophone Literature, and the CEO/founder of EduART INC, a non-profit organization created to promote art as a medium for social change. She is currently a professor of English and African Literature at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Dr. Ayim is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as, Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology(FACOG). She is well accomplished professionally and loved for her charisma. She attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate, where she was accepted into medical school as a junior student. However, she chose to defer entrance due to her love for Tigerland. Geaux Tigers! She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with minor in Zoology in 1998. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Texas Medical Branch in 2002. The best memories from her medical school years were jogging on Seawall Boulevard and enjoying the tranquility.Dr. Ayim completed a year of General Surgery internship at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. She was intrigued by women’s health and attended the prestigious Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C., where she completed four years of training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was appointed as Administrative Chief Resident in her final year of residency. She also received several awards during her residency training such as Wyeth Grant Recipient for 19th Annual Resident Reporter Program by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and National Institute of Health/NMA Fellows in Academic Careers Grant Recipient. Upon graduation, she was appointed as faculty to the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Ayim relocated to Houston to start her solo private practice centered on patients first. Dr. Ayim understands the modern day woman and her multi-dimensional responsibilities. Like every woman joggling life, she knows your wants and takes her time to care for you with current medical knowledge and sound surgical skills. Dr. Ayim is sought after for her patience, intelligence, and humility. She is often called Dr. Daisy by her patients and staff alike. You may ask for Dr. Daisy as well.
Dr. Madeleine Ondoa is a seasoned diplomat serving as Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of External Relations in Yaounde, Cameroon. Dr. Ondoa is a holder of Doctorat de 3e Cycle (PhD) in International Relations obtained at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC), in Yaoundé, Cameroon, May 2005. She equally holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, a Maîtrise Professionnelle in International Relations, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées, in International Relations.
Apart from her regular duties a career diplomat, Dr. Ondoa is passionate about gender and children’s issues and is a leader in this sphere in Africa. Some of her accomplishments include:
Anshoma Helen Mbuoh (Sr Dr Helen) was born on the 12/02/76, 4th of 6 children to the family of Pa Thomas Anshoma (RIP) and mama Anastasia Moyia, both of Mbesa in Belo Sub Division.
She attended the St. Agnes Catholic primary school Mbesa from 1981 and obtained the First School Leaving Certificate in 1988. She started with her secondary education in the then Providence College Fundong and later continued in the then G.S.S Fundong and obtained the Ordinary Level Certificate in 1994. She proceeded to the High School in G.H.S Fundong in 1996 and obtained the ADVANCED Level Certificate in 1998. That same year she joined the Congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of St Francis and professed her Temporal Religious Vows in the year 2002. She continued with her Religious formation and committed herself finally to the Lord in 2010. Within the Religious formation she furthered her studies in Italy precisely in Rome in Medical Sciences in the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – Gemelli and obtained a Degree in General Medicine and Surgery in 2011. She returned to Cameroon in 2012 and since then she has been working in St. Elizabeth Catholic General Hospital and Cardiac Centre Shisong.
Dr. Eric Tangumonkem was born and raised in a Caldera on the Cameroon Volcanic Line in Cameroon West Africa. He is a holder of Bachelors in Geology and Sociology from the University of Buea, a Masters in Earth Sciences from the University of Yaoundé and a Doctorate in Geosciences from The University of Texas at Dallas. In addition to being a geoscientist with Denbury Resources, he is the CEO/Founder of IEM APPROACHI and IEM Press. He is a poet, an inspirational speaker and President of Equipping of the Saints International Ministries. He is married to Elizabeth Tangumonkem and God has blessed them with four children; Afaamboma, Nstongmboma, Elotmboma and Abuetmboma. His most recent publication about his Journey from Cameroon to the United States of America for graduate school without scholarships or money is titled “Coming to America: A Journey of Faith.
His mission is to Inspire, Equip and Motivate people to find their God given purpose and pursue it. Dr. Tangumonkem has been through many challenges both in Africa and the United States and understands the importance of bringing a message of hope that is applicable in all spheres of live. It is coined The SUCCESS CYCLE. See, Believe, Speak and ACT and you will be unstoppable.
Sylvester Nkongho is the author of 4 books and many audio and video programs, all available on Amazon.com and other e-commerce stores. He writes and sells life-changing and paradigm-shifting books that serve as “multi-page business cards,” for his main Consulting and Coaching business.
Sylvester is in the business of helping highly-skilled professionals find the kind of jobs they want, specifically by creating a VIPReserved Resume™ for them and then taking them through the “Close-The-Deal Interview Preparation™” coaching so they can land the kind of jobs they want.
Mr. Nkongho is also a columnist for Forbes Afrique Magazine, where he offers regular advice on career growth and how to get high-paying jobs.
He has also been interviewed by Arielle Ford on “Meet the Experts TV Show” that aired on FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in the United States.
Prior to his career in the United States, Sylvester earned a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from the National Advanced School of Engineering (Polytechnique Yaoundé), and spent 7 years working for Guinness Cameroon in Sales, Human Resources, and Supply Chain.
Viola Llewellyn is the Chief Operating Officer of Ovamba Solutions, Inc. Ovamba is a “peer-2-peer” technology platform that creates business loans and investments for the Sub-Saharan SME sector from the African Diaspora and global institutional investors.
Ms. Llewellyn oversees the execution of strategy, daily operations, marketing and new business development for Ovamba. She and her team also work closely with investors and African Civil Society Groups. Her previous consulting roles have been in the health care, technology, media, education, security and communications fields.
Ms. Llewellyn has over 15 years of project management and consulting experience from the technology and Government sectors in the United States.
Marie-Flore Wekoue is a Structured Finance Associate for Dinosaurs Securities, specializing in deals acquisition and financial structuring. Her area of expertise includes financing deals subject to concessionality requirements. She is currently working on deals in the energy, real estate, infrastructure development and water system development sectors. Ms Wekoue received an MSc. in Finance from Baruch College in 2008.
You can listen to some of Marie-Flore’s interviews with internationally-recognized media at:
Russel serves as Lead Lender Relationship Specialist with the SBA in Houston, TX. With more than twenty five years of banking experience, Mr. Hughes has had direct involvement with all management and administrative responsibilities of SBA lending, operations and personnel management. Most recently, he managed the SBA Departments of two Houston banks. He directed a staff of fourteen with functions of loan procurement, loan servicing and compliance. He is well recognized in the SBA market both in Texas and nationally having served as a member of the roundtable to the National Director in Washington, D.C.
Prior to his work with the SBA, Russel has held the positions of Owner/SBA Contractor with the Hughes Group, Senior Vice President and Manager of SBA Dept with Sterling Bank in Houston, TX, Senior Vice President and Manager of SBA with Metrobank in Houson, TX, and many more executive leadership positions.
Charles Agbor (Founder/CEO at MyDoctorCameroon)
Charles Agbor, who was born in Cameroon, has lived in the United States for 37 years, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen–has 23 years of corporate and executive experience. He is a professional business coach and owner of CAMUSA Corporation, which facilitates business development and commerce among the U.S., Cameroon, and other developing countries.
Eyembe Elango (Management Consultant at Mindsping Partners Inc)
Eyembe Elango has over 10 years of experience as an Industrial/Quality Engineer in Automotive Manufacturing & Consulting. His company, Mindsping Partners Inc., provides frontier markets intelligence reports, custom pre-feasibility analyses and strategic project management to companies looking to expand into the emerging markets of sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, they also survey the business landscape, identify stakeholders and develop models for the financial implications of such proposed business ventures.
He believes Africa has lots of untapped (human, material and natural) resources, an ever expanding middle class and a growing young population; as such, he sees the continent as the next big thing!! In a recent interview he said, ‘Africa will be re-writing the script on development in the next 50 years’ and holds without any iota of doubt that many African countries have emerged from the notorious trend which made them anathema for sustainable investment. He is also an integral part of the forum, VC4Africa.com, with over 4,200 investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who are focused on pursuing business and investment opportunities on the African continent.
Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu (Global Ambassador at A World at School)
Originally a native from Cameroon in West Africa, Joannes Paulus Y. holds a BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences from University of Buea, a diploma in Leadership Excellence from the Donahue Leadership Institute of the University of Massachusetts, an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from New Mexico Highlands University, a diploma in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, a diploma in Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations from the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He currently work as a Research Associate I with the Medical College of Wisconsin where he has been involved in translational research studies in Human infertility, Lung and Esophageal cancers. Following his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Research Assistant with the Infectious Disease Laboratory in Cameroon with research focus on Malaria immunity in pregnant women and children. Early this year he was newly appointed a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School, an initiative launched by the United Nations to forge a movement of young leaders working to improve access to educationI worldwide. He also serve as member of the Learning Metrics Task Force 2.0 Global Citizenship Education Working Group on Policy, Advocacy and Communication that is convened by the UN Youth Advocacy Group (YAG), The Center for Universal Education (CUE and The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In 2013, he gained membership into the Carnegie New Leaders Program of the Carnegie Council serving as the ethical voice in international affairs through youth innovation. Joannes has had the opportunity to mentor campus students all across the USA at conferences such as the UNICEF Campus Initiative Summit where he has mentored and presented workshops on Leadership challenges and Leadership Transition. In 2013, he was guest speaker at the Millennium Campus Conference where he presented during a panel on “Advancing Education”. With his growing interest in advocating for access to quality education for all, Paulus cofounded HOPE for Children Cameroon in 2011, a charitable initiative working in 3 communities in Cameroon by providing access to quality education in underserved communities and safe hygiene and sanitation practices in schools. With his passion in ending world hunger, Paulus has been involved with several fundraising initiatives such as the “Live Below the Line Challenge” and the UNICEF Emergency Relief fund which helped raised funds to help flood victims during a severe flood that hit his country in 2012 and displaced over 70,000 families especially women and children. He has also been involved with many youth organizations such as AMNESTY International, the Institute of Cooperative Human rights with the UNESCO Chair, United Nations Interagency Network on Youth Development, Advocates for Youths, Women Deliver, the Clinton Global Initiative University, Global Ethics Network and Youth Action for Change. In 2010 and 2012, he served as Co-Chair for the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS-Report working group and as member of the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance Task Force respectively. Serving as a mentor for Infectious Diseases with the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2013, Paulus mentored over 50 campus students all across the world working with them to develop commitments that foster health and wellbeing. Paulus has held other leadership roles as Student Body president in his former university, UNICEF Campus Initiative Club president which aims engaging campus students to educate, advocate and fundraise on issues affecting children of the world. In 2011, he was recipient of the overall best Student of the Year Award for leadership and academic excellence at his university and later gained induction as a member of the PHI ETA SIMGA Honors society. He is a member of several scientific societies and has presented and published his research work at several scientific conferences and journals.
Judith Atem (Electrical Engineer at National Oilwell Varco)
Judith Atem is an Electrical Engineer with National Oilwell Varco in Houston, TX. Prior to moving to Texas, she spent the last 6yrs at Baldor Electric Company (A member of the ABB Group), starting off as a Manufacturing Engineer and later as an Electrical Engineer specializing in the design of AC electric motors. Judith grew up in Cameroon and moved to the US at tender age of 14 where she completed her high school education. In 2007, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marrietta, GA. While in college Ms Atem held several leadership roles, most notably serving as the chapter president of the National Society of Black Engineers where she led the chapter to the prestigious honor of Regional chapter of the year Award. Since graduating, Ms Atem has remained actively involved in her local community thru church, serving as Youth Coordinator, sorority, professional organizations, and other cultural organizations. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, sporting activities and being outdoors.
Sidney Ngochi (Senior Engineer at Proctor & Gamble)
Sidney Ngochi received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering in 2009. While there, he led the school’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter to its first ever recognition as National Distinguished Chapter of the year as president. Sidney is currently a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble (P&G) where he leads the North America Unit Dose Package Development team. In his current role, Sidney spearheads package development responsibilities for P&G’s Tide Pods and Gain Flings product lines, which have delivered over $600M in sales. He is also active in the pipeline development process and has recruited and mentored several research and development diversity candidates for the company. In addition to his work duties, Sidney is a student at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where he is getting his MBA with concentrations in marketing management, entrepreneurship and finance. Sidney’s passion for solving strategic problems has positioned him to work on projects with clients such as DeWALT, Fifth Third Bank, the Naval Surface Warfare Center and several startups in Cincinnati. He looks forward to building this capability through a combination of work and volunteer opportunities with the hopes of ultimately running his own firm. Outside of work, Sidney enjoys meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and partaking in thrill-seeking activities. He can be reached at SidneyNgochi@gmail.com.
Mongai Fankam (Student at Blythe Elementary School/Community Activist at NoBackPackDay)
Mongai Fankam is a 5th grader at Blythe Elementary School who also is an activist and avid supporter for under privileged children. At the tender age of 3 years old, Mongai’s mother began taking her on mission trips to Cameroon, Africa. As Mongai got older, she realized that most of the children in Cameroon had to walk a lot of miles to school and had no backpacks to carry their supplies in. Mongai decided to take action so she shared her concern with her teacher, Mrs. Cross. Mongai wanted her schoolmates at Blythe to donate backpacks and school supplies for the children of Cameroon on the condition that the kids come to school for a day without their backpacks! They would have to carry all their supplies and books in hand or in plastic bags just as the Cameroon children do every day. Mrs. Johanson, the principal, staff and entire student body rallied their support for the cause and designated it as “No Backpack Day”! That very year, 8 schools participated in the movement and donations totaled 500 backpacks filled with school supplies. Since then, close to 30 schools in Charlotte, Wilmington and Augusta, Georgia have also joined in on “No Backpack Day” and more than 5000 backpacks with supplies have been given to the children of Cameroon. Mongai hopes that “No Backpack Day” will continue to spread to more schools so eventually no child will have to go to school carrying their books in plastic bags or in hand. To further recognize her efforts with “No Backpack Day”, Mongai met with Senator Chris Coons of Delaware on May 8th in Washington, DC. Senator Coons, who serves as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, discussed with Mongai her vision and goals for “No Backpack Day”.
On May 13th, Mongai was recognized by the Mecklenburg County Board of Education. Mongai was the 2014 Class Valedictorian at her graduation.
On September 18th, Mongai will receive a Humanitarian award from the Annie T Doe Foundation for the support she gives to kids in Liberia.
Blythe Elementary School is so very proud of Mongai and how she has positively impacted children who are in need. She has developed into a true global community leader. We have to give her a shout-out because she’s a stand-out!!
Nkam Mongwa (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist/Advanced Practice Nurse at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center)
Nkam Mongwa is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist/Advanced Practice Nurse at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. He holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing & Healthcare Administration, a Business Minor in Health Care Management from University of Pennsylvania and a Post Masters in Nurse Anesthesia from Drexel University from where he received the Agatha Hodgins award for Clinical Excellence. He has over 15 years of clinical and managerial experience within the healthcare industry.
Nkam is a champion of community work and has undertaken volunteer work in Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Africa and the USA. He is the Treasurer and Board Member of the Cameroon Cultural Association of Southern New Jersey; and a Mentor with the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentoring Program. In addition, his other interests include traveling and cooking. He is known to friends as The Marinator and has developed a recipe known as ‘Simply Hot’, a hot and spicy food condiment soon available online and coming to a grocery store in communities near you.