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Kalame Fobissie

CEO

Dieudonne Alemagi

Senior Manager

Nishant Vinayak

Senior Manager – Innovation, Strategy & Marketing

Kevin Fokou

Software Engineer - Innovation

Devlin Vong

Climate Adaptation Analyst

Eric Guitard

Climate Mitigation Analyst

Samantha Hui

ESG Analyst

Gabriel Koerich

Senior Manager – Finance and Administration

Vanessa Comeau

Project Coordinator

Kevin Enongene

Senior Manager - Climate Finance and Green Investment

Serges Okala

Climate Economist

Eugene Chia

Senior Manager - Associate Partner

Stelle Djeukam

Environmental and social analyst

Flavienne Matsinkou

Business Development & Marketing

Iris William Essaga

Financial and Administrative assistant

Armand Tanougong

GeoInformation Analyst

Elsie Fobissie

Manager – Gender & Sustainability

Mitchell Taylor

Co-ordinator

Karol Mezafack

Natural ressources mangement Analyst

Parfait Kamta

Natural ressources mangement Analyst

Katty Claudia Chiteh

Assistant Project Manager

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CEO

Kalame Fobissie

Senior Manager

Dieudonne Alemagi

Senior Manager – Innovation, Strategy & Marketing

Nishant Vinayak

Software Engineer - Innovation

Kevin Fokou

Climate Adaptation Analyst

Devlin Vong

Climate Mitigation Analyst

Eric Guitard

ESG Analyst

Samantha Hui

Senior Manager – Finance and Administration

Gabriel Koerich

Project Coordinator

Vanessa Comeau

Senior Manager - Climate Finance and Green Investment

Kevin Enongene

Climate Economist

Serges Okala

Senior Manager - Associate Partner

Eugene Chia

Environmental and social analyst

Stelle Djeukam

Business Development & Marketing

Flavienne Matsinkou

Financial and Administrative assistant

Iris William Essaga

GeoInformation Analyst

Armand Tanougong

Manager – Gender & Sustainability

Elsie Fobissie

Co-ordinator

Mitchell Taylor

Natural ressources mangement Analyst

Karol Mezafack

Natural ressources mangement Analyst

Parfait Kamta

Assistant Project Manager

Katty Claudia Chiteh

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CEO

Kalame Fobissie

Fobissie is the founder and CEO of Fokabs. He provides strategic leadership to the company. Before founding Fokabs, Fobissie worked in Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia as a climate change expert with the University of Helsinki-Finland, WWF and CIFOR. He has provided climate change advisory services to the World Bank, AfDB, GCF, UN (UNDP, UNECA, UNEP, UNFF, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNOPS, IOM) and others. He has published extensively and worked in more than 60 countries on climate change. During the drafting of the Paris Climate Agreement and its implementation rules, he led some of the negotiations for Africa.
Fobissie is a Professor at the School of International Development, University of Ottawa-Canada, and a Professor of Tropical Forest Management, University of Helsinki-Finland. He holds a PhD in Agriculture, Forestry and Climate Change, and a Master degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Helsinki. He completed his Executive MBA at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Area of expertise: 

Strategic Leadership, 

Climate Mitigation,

Climate Adaptation,

Climate Finance,

Climate Policy

Senior Manager

Dieudonne Alemagi

Dr. Alemagi holds a Ph.D in Environmental and Resource Management from  Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany. During his career, he has published more than 50 publications including journal articles, book chapters, policy briefs, and reports in the area of forest policy as well climate change mitigation and adaptation in Cameroon and the Congo Basin. His papers have appeared in international journals such as Climate Policy, Energy Policy, Forest Policy and Economics, Land Use Policy, Resources Policy, among others. He has held a number of high profile positions including, Climate Change and Policy Associate Scientist at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF). At ICRAF, he conducted research in the areas of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), sustainable forest management, and biodiversity conservation in Central Africa. From 2008 – 2011, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. During the course of his career, Dr. Alemagi has provided consultancy services to international organizations like the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), National Resources Canada, and the Environmental Management and Poverty Alleviation. Dr. Alemagi joined FOKABS in May 2017.

Area of expertise: 

Climate Mitigation,

Climate Adaptation

Senior Manager – Innovation, Strategy & Marketing

Nishant Vinayak

Nishant is a former consultant and entrepreneur based in Ontario. He has worked on innovative projects with multinational companies across Europe and the Americas. He was awarded the EY exceptional people award for creativity in 2015 and his company was listed as one of the emerging start-ups in 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Leicester-UK and a diploma in International Business from ESLSCA – Paris. He is presently completing his Executive MBA at the University of Ottawa, Canada and is also a UNCTAD empretec trainer.

Area of expertise: 

Innovation,

International Business,

Corporate Strategy,

Business Development, Marketing

Software Engineer - Innovation

Kevin Fokou

For more than 3 years, Kevin Fokou has been working on the involvement of sustainable technologies in climate change solutions. Specialized in software engineering, data analysis, database administration and mobile application development, he has contributed in many projects with organizations such as: UNIDO, UNDP, GIZ, World Bank, African Development Bank, WEC, WWF. At the same time, he has been a medical data analyst for several health districts in Cameroon, a trainer in the use of NICTs, an integrator of the odoo ERP, and a project manager for software development and mobile applications.

Area of expertise: 

Software & Mobile App development, 

Data Base Administrator,

Innovation ,

Climate Adaptation Analyst

Devlin Vong

Devlin is fluent in both official languages of Canada, English and French languages. Devlin studied at Carleton University and graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a double minor in Biology and Earth Science. Devlin spent the past year volunteering with various conservation and environmental organizations such as Safe Wings Ottawa, contributing to the collection of  bird collision data, and Neighbourwoods as the lead coordinator for its tree inventory project. Devlin later joined Fokabs in the fall of 2021 working as a Climate Change Adaptation Analyst on different projects across different sectors.

Area of expertise: 

Climate Adaptation,

Climate Mitigation Analyst

Eric Guitard

Eric has just finalized his Master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University – Canada. His research focused on determining the impacts of different management techniques used to control invasive aquatic plants in Eastern Ontario waterways. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Ottawa-Canada in Environmental Science. His honours thesis research focused on studying carbon sequestration and emissions from agricultural soils using radiocarbon isotopes. During his BSc. degree, he participated in various co-op placements with the government of Canada. He worked as an Environmental Technician with Agriculture Canada where he led and conducted research on agricultural best management practices. He also worked as a research analyst where he worked on long-term national water quality data with Health Canada, and as a support officer tracking lists of toxic substances deemed harmful for the environment and human health at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Eric Joined FOKABS in September 2021 where he currently serves as a Climate Change Mitigation Analyst.

Area of expertise: 

Climate Mitigation,

ESG Analyst

Samantha Hui

Samantha has experience as an environmental educator, researcher, and science communicator, through working with the Toronto and Durham District School Boards, HZ University – Netherlands, and print and online publications. She received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo – Canada, where she specialized in environment, resources, and sustainability studies. She later received her Master of Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph – Canada with a specialization on ecotoxicological research and environmental risk assessment. In Fokabs, Samantha focuses on using an interdisciplinary lens to bridge the social and natural sciences, and to analyze and bring solutions to global environmental, social, governance and general sustainability issues.

Area of expertise: 

Climate Adaptation,

Senior Manager – Finance and Administration

Gabriel Koerich

Gabriel has a Corporate Finance, Tax and Law background with 7 years working for PwC and has led tax functions at HSBC in Brazil for 5 years. He has degrees in Business Administration (BBA from UDESC, Brazil) and Law (UNIVALI-Brazil), and a graduate certificate in Brazilian Taxation. During 2016 and 2018, Gabriel has had relevant experience in M&A banking operations in South America as Coordinator of tax litigations issues. Between 2017 and 2019, he has structured a new finance department tax function of a major international bank in Brazil setting up new policies, systems, preparing and reporting IFRS financial statements to local regulators and to the company’s shareholders. Gabriel is currently finalizing his Executive MBA at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Area of expertise: 

Accounting,

Risk analysis,

Corporate Finance,

International Tax,

Legal

Project Coordinator

Vanessa Comeau

Vanessa has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Laurentian University – Canada, and a Business Certificate from C.S.S. Des-Rives-du-Saguenay. She is very fluent in French and English. With a passion for the environment, Vanessa has worked in many jobs that mirror her values. Vanessa worked for the Government of Canada in the Environmental bureau, participated in numerous fieldstudies, such as the identification and record collection of flora species, a study on bats and birds, fish species within lakes, and snakes. She was also in charge of the implementation of educational panels for endangered species. She worked at Scales Nature Conservation Sanctuary, where she worked in animal care for different land and aquatic species. She participated in the S.T.A.R.T. “Saving turtles atrisk today” for turtle conservation. At Fokabs, Vanessa manages a portfolio of different climate change adaptation and mitigation projects and coordinates Fokabs’ Climate Finance course.

Area of expertise: 

Project Coordination

Senior Manager - Climate Finance and Green Investment

Kevin Enongene

Kevin is a Senior Climate and Low Carbon Development Analyst at FOKABS. He has experience in the domain of renewable energy, climate change adaptation and mitigation in 15+ countries. He has several peer reviewed publications on climate change, natural resources and energy and has provided climate consulting services to governments and diverse clients including but not limited to the Green Climate Fund, World Economic Forum (WEF), African Development Bank, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), United Nations (UNDP, UNIDO and UNICEF), Global Water Partnership, World Bank, GIZ and WWF. Kevin supported ECREEE in conducting feasibility study for the integration of renewable energy technologies into residential buildings in Nigeria.

Area of expertise: 

Climate Mitigation,

Climate Adaptation,

Climate Finance,

Renewable Energy

Climate Economist

Serges Okala

Serges Okala is an Environmental Economist at Fokabs. He works as an economist on issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, agriculture, green growth, forest, climate finance, renewable energy and circular economy. He provided and continues to provide climate change advisory and technical services to governments from Western, Easter, Central and Southern African countries, and to organisations such as GCF, World Bank, African Development Bank, CTA, WWF, World Economic Forum, United Nations (UNDP, UNEP, UNECA, UNIDO) and others. In 2019, he participated, as a consultant for Cameroon and Chad, at the West and Central Africa Regional Workshop aiming at promoting Climate Finance for agriculture through the NDCs at Abuja, Nigeria

Serges Okala holds a Masters in Development Economics at PTCI/Ouagadougou and Cameroon, and completed a PhD in Environmental and Development Economics at University of Yaoundé 2, Cameroon. As a specialist on environmental issues, he participated in developing a full GCF proposal on climate smart agriculture for Liberia, in reviewing and revising Gabon’s NDC, in developing the National REDD+ strategy of Central African Republic (CAR) and in developing the Green Climate Fund country programs of Cameroon and Central African Republic. Before joining Fokabs, Serges worked as a researcher in a laboratory for analysis and research in applied economics, at University of Yaoundé 2 (Cameroon), focusing on sustainable development and international trade.

Area of expertise: 

Climate Economic, 

Climate Mitigation,

Climate Adaptation,

Senior Manager - Associate Partner

Eugene Chia

Eugene joined FOKABs as a manager and senior climate expert. He is an environmentalist with interdisciplinary background which transverse across environmental and development issues. He has an MSc degree in International Environmental Studies and a BSc in International Development, from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway. Eugene has about 10 years of experience working on climate change adaptation and mitigation, from policy design to implementation across the African continent. He has worked and provided advisory services to governments and organizations such as GIZ, ECO-CONSULT, Central African Forest Commission, CIFOR, African Forest Forum etc. Eugene was implicated in the design and implementation of first generation forest carbon emission reduction projects in the Congo Basin. He is currently a PhD research fellow with the Center for Environmental Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Area of expertise: 

Climate Mitigation,

Climate Adaptation,

Climate Policy

Environmental and social analyst

Stelle Djeukam

Stelle Djeukam is an environmental and social expert and has been working in this field for almost 7 years.

She has worked in projects of several international institutions such as COMIFAC, World Bank, UNIDO, GIZ, WWF, UNDP, TFA, African Development Bank, Sahara and Sahel Observatory, in more than 10 African countries. As a consultant, she has implemented environmental science projects specifically on forestry, agriculture and community development, gender and climate change, climate change adaptation… She has assessed the social and environmental impact of different activities (logging; agriculture, urban development, …). She also has experience in environmental and social risk assessment for several projects in the forestry, agriculture, etc. sector and has prepared environmental and social management plans and environmental and social safeguard reports for some projects. Stelle Djeukam holds a Mater in Geography, option Rural Geography (2013) and a Master in Environmental Sciences, option Environmental and Social Impact (2015) from the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon. She is now putting her experience at the service of FOKABS as an analyst of environmental and social issues

Area of expertise: 

Social safeguard , 

Gender,

Climate change

Business Development & Marketing

Flavienne Matsinkou

Flavienne holds a master’s degree in International Marketing from the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon. She is fluent in French and English. Passionate about Marketing, Flavienne has held many jobs that reflect her values. She has worked for many companies and helped promote their business development and image. Flavienne has also worked with the Chamber of Commerce and the Office for the Upgrading of Enterprises within the framework of the PIVPA program, the objective of which was to raise the level of enterprises so that they are up to the challenges of the EPAs (Agreements of Economic Partnership). Before joining Fokabs, she was also in charge of business development and marketing at Megatec Numeris and Lightech where she supervised several market studies and implemented the commercial strategy.

Area of expertise: 

Business development, 

Marketing,

Financial and Administrative assistant

Iris William Essaga

Iris William graduated from ESSEC in Douala, Cameroon, with a Diploma of Higher Studies in Commerce, specializing in Audit and Management Control, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) . She is fluent in French and English. Iris William worked at the Bank of Central African States as a Junior Internal Controller. She also worked as a junior internal auditor at Camerounaise de Distribution Alimentaire where she was in charge of inventory control. At FOKABS, Iris William holds the position of Administrative and Financial Assistant and is in charge of the follow-up of the company’s accounting.

Area of expertise: 

Accounting

Management audit

Tax

GeoInformation Analyst

Armand Tanougong

Armand Tanougong is a GeoInformation Analyst at Fokabs. Armand holds a Master’s degree in Geomatics Sciences and an MSc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. He started his career in 2015 as a spatial database administrator in one of the most important geomatics laboratories in Central Africa of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon at the University of Dschang, where he did the monitoring and management of Cameroon’s forests. He was also an instructor at the Department of Forestry and the Centre de Recherche d’Enseignement Spécialisé en Agriculture, Forêt et Bois where he taught courses on remote sensing and landscape management, environmental geomatics and advanced airborne and spaceborne image processing. With over 7 years of practical experience, Armand Tanougong has worked in numerous development projects in Africa, including geomatics, climate change adaptation, vulnerability, climate modelling, hydrology, agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU). He has provided services for organisations such as Agence Française pour le Développement, World Bank, Sahara and Sahel Observatory, WWF, UNIDO, UNDP, INBAR, TFA, African Development Bank, GIZ, COMIFAC, RIFFEAC, etc.

Area of expertise: 

Land use change analysis,

Deforestation and degradation,

Carbon stock and greenhouse gas estimation,

Forest inventory

Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change

Climate modelling

Manager – Gender & Sustainability

Elsie Fobissie

Elsie holds a master’s in Environmental Sociology from the University of Ottawa – Canada, a BSc in Sociology & Anthropology, minor in Gender Studies, as well as a BSc in Health and Social Services. Elsie leads Fokabs work on gender, climate change and sustainability issues.  She plays a lead role in assessing gender consideration in energy, transport, agriculture, forestry, environmental, infrastructure, water and rural development projects and programmes developed by organizations such as FAO, World Bank, AfDB, ADB, KDB, and many other organizations for submission to access climate funding. Elsie also supports the preparation, implementation and evaluation of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. Prior to Fokabs, she worked in the health care sector in Europe. Elsie joined Fokabs in September 2017.

Area of expertise: 

Genre, 

Climate Adaptation,

Co-ordinator

Mitchell Taylor

Mitchell has recently graduated from Trent University where he obtained a double major in Environmental Science (BSc) and Geography (BSc) with a specialization in Urban Planning. He was an academic assistant at Trent University where he conducted seminars Mitchell has recently graduated from Trent University where he obtained a double major  in Environmental Science (BSc) and Geography (BSc) with a specialization in Urban Planning. He was an academic assistant at Trent University where he conducted seminars and lectures for a human geography class that focused on Urban Renewal and Environmental Policy. He also was selected to participate in WWF Canada’s national sustainability design challenge where his team from Trent University competed against students from across Canada and presented their ideas to an audience of industry leaders. In addition he was a part of a team that won Trent Universities Policy Design Challenge and was then invited to participate in Oxford Universities International Environmental Policy Design Challenge. His team’s work on transitioning Canada to a green economy through focusing on transitioning fossil fuel workers in Alberta to specialize in renewable energy was given honourable mention at the event.

Area of expertise: 

Climate Mitigation,

Natural ressources mangement Analyst

Karol Mezafack

Lavoine Karol MEZAFACK is a natural resources analyst at Fokabs. He holds a Master’s degree in Geomatic Sciences and an MSc in Geography, Planning and Environment with a Climatology option. Karol started his career in 2019 as a member of the Environmental Geomatics laboratory of the University of Dschang, where he had to participate in several development projects. With more than 3 years of practical experience, Karol MEZAFACK has worked in many development projects in Cameroon, especially in the fields of geomatics applied to natural resources management, and climate change. He has provided services for organisations such as INBAR, PROFOREST and IUCN.

Area of expertise: 

Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, 

Climate change mitigation,

Securing the domain of indigenous peoples,

Applied geomatics,

Sustainable management of natural resources

Natural ressources mangement Analyst

Parfait Kamta

Parfait KAMTA NKONTCHEU is a natural resources Management Analyst at FOKABS. Holder of a master’s degree in Environment, with specialization in Natural Resources Management and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Dschang, Cameroon. Parfait is passionate about the issues regarding sustainable management of natural resource. This passion motivated him to initiate a project after his master’s degree aimed at the valorization of raphia in the highlands of western Cameroon with the material support of the American organization IDEA WILD. He was also a lecturer at the Research Center for Specialized Education in Agriculture, Forestry and Timber, where he taught courses including: scientific research methodology, protected areas and wildlife management, and ecological monitoring. Since 2018, Parfait has been involved in several projects mainly in Cameroon in the fields of human-wildlife conflict, forestry, and hydrology. He has worked as consultant for organizations such as GIZ, INBAR, and IUCN.

Area of expertise: 

Human-wildlife conflict, 

Socio-economic surveys,

Wildlife census,

Participatory mapping,

Landscape restoration

Assistant Project Manager

Katty Claudia Chiteh

Claudia holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science, obtained from the Higher Institute of Environmental Science Yaounde (Cameroon), where she also obtained a Higher National Diploma in the Production of Crops. Seeing the profound importance of nature and as a crop production technician she worked for the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD), on the production of ameliorated seeds of annual crops. In addition to this, Claudia participated in the laboratory research for Tissue culture at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). She was a field investigator for the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) on the different Bamboo species. These activities shaped her outlook and preferences, to be purely environmentally oriented. At FOKABS, she works as the Assistant Project manager, on projects geared towards creating greener communities.

Area of expertise: 

Project Management

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Kalame Fobissie

CEO

Fobissie is the founder and CEO of Fokabs. He provides strategic leadership to the company

Dieudonne Alemagi

Senior Manager

Dr. Alemagi holds a Ph.D in Environmental and Resource Management from Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Germany. During his ca

Nishant Vinayak

Senior Manager – Innovation, Strategy & Marketing

Nishant is a former consultant and entrepreneur based in Ontario. He has worked on innovative projects with multinational companies across E

Kevin Fokou

Software Engineer - Innovation

Devlin Vong

Climate Adaptation Analyst

Eric Guitard

Climate Mitigation Analyst

Samantha Hui

ESG Analyst

Gabriel Koerich

Senior Manager – Finance and Administration

Gabriel has a Corporate Finance, Tax and Law background with 7 years working for PwC and has led tax functions at HSBC in Brazil for 5 years

Vanessa Comeau

Project Coordinator

Kevin Enongene

Senior Manager - Climate Finance and Green Investment

Climate Finance and Green Investment

Serges Okala

Climate Economist

Eugene Chia

Senior Manager - Associate Partner

Stelle Djeukam

Environmental and social analyst

Flavienne Matsinkou

Business Development & Marketing

Iris William Essaga

Financial and Administrative assistant

Armand Tanougong

GeoInformation Analyst

Elsie Fobissie

Manager – Gender & Sustainability

Mitchell Taylor

Co-ordinator

Karol Mezafack

Natural ressources mangement Analyst

Parfait Kamta

Natural ressources mangement Analyst

Katty Claudia Chiteh

Assistant Project Manager