Cameroon: 20 Youths Selected for the Emerging Leaders 2020 Program

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

20 highly skilled and motivated young leaders, below 35, have been selected to participate in the 2020 Emerging Leaders programme. A total of 179 nominations and applications reviewed this year with the class consisting of 11 males and 9 females.

The Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy launched this unique program targeting promising young leaders based in Cameroon to better prepare a new generation of transformational leaders.

This class represents a highly talented group of very promising young leaders who are destined to make significant contributions to the country and continent,” Fri Asanga, Chief Operating Officer of the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation said. “We are very delighted and look forward to working with each of them.”

The Emerging Leaders will participate in a special three (3) day leadership and policy immersion program from the 25th to the 28th of October 2020 in Yaoundé-Cameroon.

Who are the 2020 Emerging Leaders Class?


He is an expert in public action. The CEO and Co-founder of ENDY FREDERIC CONSULTING, a firm specializing in investment counsels, market studies and opinion surveys


Holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and management – option in economic and financial engineering from Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Yaoundé II, SOA. Presently an intern at the Ministry of Public Health.


A research Assistant Consultant at Security Studies and Human Rights Center (SSHRC) York University (Canada).  He is monitoring and evaluation Assistant in the ‘Programme d’Appui à l’Initiative Communautaire’ (PAIC). He has also worked as field Coordinator in Mayo-Sava in the Project ‘Transformation Pacifique des conflits’. He is a master’s holder in International Development.

MEDJO MEKO Cyriaque Junior

Master in International Relations, option Regional Integration and Management of Community Institutions from the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon (IRIC). Secretary-General of Family Green Corporation, Yaoundé branch since 2019, he participated in training workshops on personal development (YALI NETWORK). 


Master in International Cooperation, Humanitarian action and sustainable development – Option Humanitarian Action- International Relations Institute of Cameroon. Project manager at the NGO EMIDA Cameroon (2020).  Intern at the Ministry of Economy, planning and Regional development (2017), a field agent for the Central Africa Office at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (2016).


Medical Doctor with relevant training with YALI Accra Regional leadership Center (2020), West Africa, Doctors without Borders (2017), Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation (MINRESI) (2013). He is UN Volunteer Medical Officer, Chief Medical Officer at EKONA Sub-divisional Hospital, Muyuka health district.


Holder of a Masters in international relations from the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon (IRIC), he is a diplomat, head of the relations with the countries of North-East Africa at the Directorate of African Affairs at the Ministry of external affairs of Cameroon. He participated in the Imperial Garden Cup in China in 2016, delegate to the 2017 United Nations International Model Forum in Beijing, a panellist at the World Youth Forum in 2018, delegate of Cameroon to the Aswan Forum on Peace and Sustainable development 2019.


Partnership Coordinator at HerStory Initiation where she supervises operations of programs in Cameroon. She is also a WWF Cameroon Business and Industries Assistant where she advocates and Supports Government in the development of policies that support best practices in the palm oil and extractive sectors in Cameroon. Afrika Youth Movement -Partnership Coordinator where she supports the development and implementation of activities aimed at specifically youth participation and young civil society regionally and internationally.


Holder of a master’s degree in public health andPresident/CEO of Reconciliation and Development Association- a youth-run development organization. Secretary-General (SG), Cameroon Civil Society NCD Alliance (CACSNA) where he coordinated the Central African sub-region in the development, adoption and implementation of NCD Civil Society Advocacy actions and governance structure.


Trainee with several international organizations such as the UNHCR of Bertoua / Batouri, the Cameroonian Red Cross, Network for the promotion of regional integration in Central Africa. He holds a Masters in international relations, regional integration option and management of community institutions (IRMIC).


A PhD scholar in sociology of the University of Buea. A highly dynamic, motivated and trilingual Cameroonian. Acquired good working knowledge in community development, monitoring and evaluation of projects. Has experience in Research development, and considerable experience implementing projects. A trained case manager in GBV prevention activities.

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