Joannes Yimbesalu



It is with great honor that we congratulate our fellow CPS member, and CPS Director for Canada, Mr. Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu, for his brilliant selection into Queen Elizabeth II’s young leaders program.In addition to Mr. Yimbesalu, we equally wish to congratulate our fellow Cameroonians, Alain Nteff and Mallah Enow Tabot for equally being part of this honorable club.

Mr. Yimbesalu has been a member of the CPS since 2012 and held the position of Chief Human Resource Officer prior to his current duties as the CPS Director for Canada.

Originally a native from Cameroon in Central Africa, Joannes Paulus Y. holds a BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the 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 recently a Graduate Certificate in Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

He previously worked as a Research Associate I, Division of Medicine with the Medical College of Wisconsin where he was involved in translational research studies on 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.

In 2014, he was 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 education worldwide. It is important to note that on September 24th 2014, Joannes was one of the 9 recipients of the Youth Courage Awards by the Office of the United Nations envoy on Education which recognizes and honors youth who have personally demonstrated courage and leadership and acted as agents of change for universal education.

He currently serves 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). He also serves as a steering committee member for the Canadian Society for International Health working to empower young people interested in Global Health. 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 2014 CPS Distinguished Congress at Rice University where he moderated a panel on STEM Education. 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 co-founded HOPE for Children Cameroon in 2011, a charitable initiative working in 3 communities in Cameroon by providing access to quality education in under served communities and safe hygiene and sanitation practices in schools.

With his passion for 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 Cameroon 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 well being. 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 fund raise 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 SIGMA Honors society. He is a member of several scientific societies and has presented and published his research work at several scientific conferences and journals.

You will agree with me that Mr. Yimbesalu is deserving of this honor, and truly is a blessing for our country, Cameroon.

About the Queen’s Young Leaders Program

The Queen’s Young Leaders Program is a new initiative by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. One January 13th, they announced the names of the first 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who are being recognized as exceptional leaders in their community. These 60 young people are the first ever to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Over the next four years, the program will support thousands of young people. In addition to the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, the program will provide grants to support organizations in selected countries across the Commonwealth, which work with young people to transform their lives.

The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in June, and is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

This year’s Award winners, aged between 18 and 29 and who come from all over the Commonwealth, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said:

“The leadership of talented young people in all spheres of life can transform communities and societies for the better. What the 60 young people announced today have achieved is remarkable and their plans for the future are truly inspiring. The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is poised to unlock the potential of this diverse and talented group of young people and we are delighted to be supporting them to go further and achieve more.”

Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people will be selected to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’ – one for every year that the Queen served as Head of the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee.

As part of the award, winners will receive mentoring and online learning from the University of Cambridge. They will also attend a week-long residential program in the UK in June 2015 when they will receive their awards at Buckingham Palace from Queen Elizabeth II.

Joannes said: “It’s an honor receiving this award and knowing that I will soon meet the Queen. I came to the final realization that the happiness you get when you succeed is temporal but that which you get when you help others succeed is everlasting” Joannes adds