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CPS Houston Symposium at Rice University, February 20, 2010

Organised at Rice University in Houston, Texas, under the theme “The Cameroonian Leadership Deficit – How do we Evolve?” this symposium featured prominent Cameroonian educators, businessmen & women, scientists and entrepreneurs. Participants discussed concrete strategies to inculcate leadership traits in the Cameroonian youths of today. The event brought together a cross section of the Cameroonian and African community in Houston. Panelists included Evaristus Enongene PhD, Michael Fonge PhD, Raissa Simo BA, Pauline Kwang PhD, Elias Bongmba PhD and Gabriel Kuiatse MBA. The symposium was moderated by Hermann Ndofor PhD.

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Speaker Biographies

Elias Bongmba, PhD

Elais Bongmba is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair of Christian Theology and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University in Houston. He obtained his doctorate in Theology from the University of Denver Iliff School of Theology. Dr. Bongmba's teaching focuses on Africa and African Diasporan religions and his research centers on contemporary theology, 19th century philosophy and African culture. He has authored and published many research articles, book chapters and at least five books. He sits on the Editorial board of multiple academic journals and has supervised the Theses and Dissertations of many graduate students. His excellent academic work has won him numerous recognitions most recently the 2007 Frank Fannon Prize for outstanding work in Carribean thought.

Michael Fonge, PhD

Dr. Michael Fonge is a professor at the Houston Community College and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston – Downtown. His specialty is in Sociology and he has undertaken studies and research on crime and punishment. He has published a book, Crime and Punishment: A Minority Perspective and has written on African Folklore and Proverbs. He is the Founder of the Buea Metropolitan Library and Books N Things in Cameroon. His work has been recognized by Gov. Perry, Laura Bush and the Chancellor of HCC.

Dr Fonge attended secondary school at the Seat of Wisdom College in Fontem and high school in CCAST Bambili. He got his Bachelors Degree from the University of Houston in 1980, a Masters Degree from Prairie View A&M, Texas

in 1982 and his doctorate in 1989 from Texas Southern University.

He is married with two children.

Pauline Kwang, EdD

Dr. Pauline Kwang is licensed in Marriage and Family therapy, mediation and substance abuse therapy. She is a clinical member of the American Marriage Family therapy.

She has done extensive work with children, families and couples. Cameroon trip planner Currently, she is focusing on seniors with special attention in coordinating with non-profit agencies to meet their special needs. She has vast experience navigating the court system and has been particularly involved in the Cameroonian community and the greater African community.

Dr. Kwang obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. She then completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Texas Southern University. She also obtained her doctorate in Education, specializing in Councilor Education from Texas Southern University.

She is a “part-time” housewife with three daughters and enjoys exotic cuisine.

Barbara Simo, BA

Barbara Simo is a student attending the C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston Texas, currently enrolled in the Master's in Science of A

ccountancy Program and working towards completing her Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A) Certification as well.

Ms. Simo is originally from Baham in the West Province of Cameroon. She graduated from Libermann High School where she obtained her Baccalaureate in Economic and Social Sciences in 2004. Three years later Ms. Simo graduated from the Catholic University of Central Africa, with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting

and Finance.

Ms. Simo is a member of the National Association for Black Accountants and is a lifetime member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary society for students and professionals dealing with financial information

Evaristus Enongene, PhD

Born and bread in Molyko, Cameroon, this son of an immigrant CDC worker made his way through the famous Sasse College into the USA. Dr. Evaristus Enongene holds a BSc degree in Biochemistry/Biophysics from the University of Houston, a Masters in Molecular Biology from Texas Southern University (TSU) and was the first student to complete a Doctoral degree program in Clinical Toxicology at TSU. Following his graduation he did a 2 year fellowship with the USDA Mycotoxin research center in Athens, GA and later joined the US FDA in Maryland as a Toxicologist.

In addition Dr Enongene is also a trained financial expert and has a sound knowledge on Insurance, Asset and Mortgage Protection. He is currenlty the Chief General Counselor of Etabang Enterprise, INC, where they educate families on the various strategies

to invest and build wealth TAX FREE. He is married with three boys.

Gabriel Kuiatse, MBA

Mr. Gabriel Kuiatse has 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 Account Manager based in Houston. Cameroon . He is also the current President of LAFABAH (La Famille Bamileke of Houston). Mr. Kuiatse holds an MBA from the University of Surrey UK

Moderator

Hermann Ndofor, PhD

Dr. Hermann Ndofor is an assistant Professor at the Mays Business School in Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Prior to joining the Mays Business School, Professor Ndofor held a similar position at University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, an MBA from University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Wisconsin. His area of expertise is in strategy and entrepreneurship. Within strategy, Dr. Ndofor’s research focuses on competitive dynamics – how firms utilize their resources to enhance performance as they jockey for competitive position with rivals. In addition, Professor Ndofor’s research also focuses on immigrant entrepreneurship. This research stream looks at how first and second generation immigrants utilize their social, cultural and human capital in creating successful ventures. Professor Ndofor presents his research regularly at national and international conferences such as the Academy of Management conference and the Strategic Management Society. His research has been published in leading management journals such

as Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Managerial Issues.

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