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CPS DC Symposium

at Johns Hopkins University, April 10, 2010

The 2010 Washington D.C Symposium was hosted at the Johns Hopkins University. The theme of the event: “Leveraging the Cameroonian Diaspora toward Development –

Prospects & Challenges” offered the distinguished panelists an opportunity to appraise the contributions of the Cameroonian diaspora to Cameroon’s economy. It was evident that a concerted and robust partnership between the Cameroon government and its diaspora was critical in leveraging

the huge potential that lays in the diaspora. Panelists included Mr. Eugene Nyambal, Dr. Regina Tawah, and Dr. Eric Mabo. The symposium was moderated by veteran journalist Mr. Asonglefac Nkemleke.

Video Highlights

Speaker Biographies

Regina Tawah, PhD

Dr. Regina Tawah has been an Assistant Professor of Economics in the College of Business at Bowie State University since 2004. She started her university teaching career at the University of Yaounde, but left shortly after that to do a doctorate degree in the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Her Master’s degree is from the University of Ibadan, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. After Berlin, she returned to continue teaching at the University of Yaounde II, Soa until she left for the United States in 1998. While in Yaounde, Dr. Tawah also worked as a researcher with the Rural Development Group, and the Observatory of Change in the Societies of Cameroon. She was also a consultant with the consulting firm, DATA Finance. Before joining Bowie State she taught at Prince

George’s Community College and Strayer University. She has authored or co-authored studies/publications on the Small and Medium-scale Businesses in Cameroon, Poverty, and Gender and Economic Reforms in Cameroon.

Eugene Nyambal, MBA

Eugene Nyambal is an International Economic Consultant. Over more than twenty years, he has been advising international corporations and governments in senior positions with the IMF, the World Bank, IFC and the private sector. He was Senior Advisor to Executive Director at the Board of Directors of the IMF, Senior Strategy Officer for

Latin America at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Team Leader for Private Sector Development for Africa at the World Bank, after having he

ld a number of executive positions in European Multinational Corporations. He was a winner of a number of World Bank Group awards for excellence. He has written a number of books and articles on Development issues and is a frequent speaker in international fora and universities.

He holds an MBA from « Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées », a leading Graduate School of Engineering and International Business in Paris, France; a Post Graduate Degree in Banking, Finance and Capital markets from the University of Bordeaux, France; a Post Graduate Degree in Information Systems and Business Reengineering from the University of Paris-Dauphine, France; and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Social Administration from the University of Bordeaux, France. He also graduated from “Institut d’Etudes Politiques,” a major “French

Grande Ecole”.

Eric Mabo, M.D.

Eric Mabo is the author of Emerging ONE Billion Customers in Africa. He is also the founder of TechDeviINSTiTUTe in Bamenda, which aims to create information technology and green energy jobs in Cameroon using Knowledge, Legal and Business Process Outsourcing.

Eric Mabo is a Private Practice physician by profession.

Asonglefac Nkemleke

Asonglefac Nkemleke is a retired journalist. He joined Radio Cameroon in 1977 as a news presenter after graduating from the then International Higher School of Journalism, University of Yaounde (ESJY). He served successively as pioneer Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Radio News, Yaounde (1978 – 80), Station Manager, Radio Cameroon, Buea Station (1980 – 1985), pioneer Station Manager, CRTV Maroua (1986 – 1988), and CRTV Buea (1996 – 1998).

Asonglefac Nkemleke holds two Master of Arts degrees in Communication: Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University in Washington, D.C. (1989) and Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. (2005). He taught newsgathering at the University of Buea from 1993 to 1998 when he took up permanent residence in the United States.

He currently works with the Montgomery County Public Schools system in Maryland as a parent liaison, using his French language skills to get parents more involved in the education of their children. Concurrently, Asonglefac Nkemleke teaches English language classes with the Montgomery College Adult Education and Continuing Education/GED Program.

He is married and a father of five.

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