CPS Michigan Symposium

CPS Michigan Symposium at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, March 19, 2011

The Michigan Symposium was hosted by the African Student Association at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Our gracious host requested a topic that was focused on self-growth, and they wanted to learn about emerging opportunities in Africa. The theme of the symposium was “Investing in Yourself and Your Career, and Taking Advantage of Career Ventures in Africa.” The panelists provided

a thrilling insight into professional development and emerging opportunities. The first

panelists comprising of Dr. Godwin Chungag and Dr Nkem-Amin Khumbah both spoke about the importance of self-development and provided the audience with strategies for “standing out” of a pack. The second panelists consisted of Mr. Cameroon companies . Terence Willis and Mr. Yusupha Kamara highlighted that there are emerging opportunities in Information Technology and Renewable Energy in Africa, and encouraged the audience to consider these opportunities.

Speaker Biographies

Godwin C. Chungang, PhD

Godwin C. Chungag is the associate dean of general education at Baker College of Flint. He is responsible for the staffing, supervision and evaluation of economics, mathematics, physics and sciences staff and faculty.
Prior to joining Baker College of Flint, Dr. Chungag was associate professor of physics at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn. He has more than 15 years of industry and technical experience in the fields of automotive engineering, aerospace engineering and construction;

more than seven years of academic experience in the areas of research and as a mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics and mathematics instructor; and more than 10 years of management experience in the areas of technology, business, education and administration.
Chungag holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, Inc., a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University. He is currently working toward an MBA in leadership, strategic planning and finance from the University of Mary, America’s Leadership University, Bismarck, N.D.

Nkem-Amin Khumbah, PhD

Dr. Khumbah is a mathematics lecturer at the University of Michigan. He holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of the District of Columbia, a MS in mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Nkem was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at North Georgia College and State University. He also held research fellowships at Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (UCLA) and the Mathematical Science Research Institute (UC Berkeley).
At the University of Michigan, he has three main professional interests: 1) teaching mathematics 2) research on development and application of mathematical structures that facilitate the compression of massive data sets with minimal loss to the statistical structure of the data and 3) working with high schools to deliver mathematics instruction that is aligned with college expectations.
For the last two years, he has been developing mechanisms for leveraging the Cameroonian scientific diasporas resourcefulness to contribute to Cameroon’s technoscientific workforce capacity development. He serves on many University of Michigan mathematical Science outreach initiatives and is principal organizer of the Buea International Conference on the Mathematical Sciences.

Terrence Willis

Mr. Terrence Willis is President and Founder of ICDATACOM Communications and Information Technology and Services Consultant, a computer firm in Detroit, Michigan. He currently doing business in both Nigeria and Egypt.

Yusupha F. Kamara, MBA

Mr. Yusupha F. Kamara is the Chief Operating Officer of Greenfield Capital Group and is responsible for the company’s administrative, strategic and global operations. He has more than ten years of professional experience in operations, international business, finance and Banking. He is highly skilled in quality customer services and self-motivated team builder. He has worked as a business consultant for small and midsize businesses, where he was involved in setting up start-ups, which exposed him to corporate strategic planning, budgeting, and marketing strategy.
Mr. Kamara also planned and successfully implemented a series of trade missions to Africa. He has strong leadership skills and loves dealing with people at all levels. He also has the drive, and discipline in managing people and businesses. Prior to joining Greenfield Capital Group Inc., he was Executive Vice President at The Goman Group Inc., where he was responsible for developing

marketing and global pricing strategy, and day-to-day operations. He is very active in the local community in Metro Detroit area where he serves as a board member to different non-Profit organizations.
Mr. Yusupha F. Kamara holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Davenport University in Finance and Master in Business Administration in Global Management from University of Phoenix Metro Detroit, Michigan campus. He currently lives in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Mr. Kamara enjoys soccer, traveling, cooking, and reading business publications.