Prof. Kalame FobissieCEO, CanadaProf. Fobissie is the Founder and CEO of FOKABS Inc. He is an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) of the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Tropical Forest Management at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His PhD focused on climate change adaptation in Sudan, Ghana, Burkina Faso and the Democratic Republic of Congo. During his career, he has published extensively on climate change adaptation, mitigation and natural resource management. He has equally held a number of influential positions, including Climate Change Coordinator at Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI) of the University of Helsinki; Forest and Climate Change Coordinator at WWF - covering the Central Africa Region; and Associate Professional Expert at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali. Since 2007, Prof. Fobissie is actively engaged in international climate policy and the UNFCCC process as a negotiator and resource person. During the drafting of the Paris Climate Agreement, he led negotiations on REDD+, forest, land and INDC for the ten-member states of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC). He presently acts as climate change resource person for many governments and organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations (UN), the Green Climate Fund, African Forest Forum (AFF), COMIFAC, and the UNFCCC Climate Technology Center & Network (CTCN).
Vera MorbeyCourse CoordinatorVera Morbey is currently finalizing her Master’s degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa studying. Prior to her recent studies, she taught English at the French School in Guinea-Conakry for two years. She was also a Peace Corps health volunteer for three years in Mali and Guinea-Conakry. During her time as a Peace Corps volunteer, she worked on HIV-prevention projects, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects and partnered with the World Food Programme, working on their school feeding initiative. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Minnesota USA in Health and Wellness and spent six months studying public health in Senegal. Vera joined Fokabs in February 2019 and is in charge of coordinating training courses organized by Fokabs.
Dr. Dieudonne AlemagiSenior Climate & Natural Resource Policy Expert, Canada 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.
Elvis NgwaClimate & Natural Resource Analyst, CameroonElvis started his career in 2008 with High-Tech Cameroon Environmental Protection Association (High-Tech CEPA) as assistant to the Environmental Manager during which he supported the design and implementation of environmental advocacy projects. With MSc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Buea, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Buea, where he was preoccupied with environmental toxicology and remediation research in 2012. In 2013, worked with Likingi Sustainable Agroforestry Programme (LISAP) Ltd as a Project and Sustainability Manager, for two years. During this position, he assisted the company with technical support on project development and management in the cocoa sector. He also designed and implemented a sustainable farm management capacity building programme for local cocoa farmers in the South West Region, in accordance with the UTZ Certified code of conduct. Later on, as a part time teacher in the University of Buea, he taught biometry and field experimentation, in the Department of Agronomic and Applied Molecular Biology, building students’ capacity on experimental designs, data collection and analytical methods. In 2016, he moved to the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies, as the Assistant Director in charge of research, fundraising and partnership. He coordinated research, developed funding proposals and negotiated partnerships for the institute. Elvis joined the FOKABS team in 2017 where he currently serves as a Climate and Natural Resources Management Analyst.
Kevin EnongeneManager, Cameroon OfficeKevin started working on natural resource and climate change issues in 2010 as a Research Assistant with the Association of Certified Environmentalists (ACEN) in Cameroon. He holds an MSc in Environmental Management from Massey University, New Zealand with specialization in renewable energy and an MSc in Natural Resource Management from the University of Buea, Cameroon. In 2013, he joined the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Central Africa Regional Programme Office (CARPO) as a Regional Climate Change Assistant, a position he held for a year. During this period, Kevin conducted several REDD+ and climate change related studies in the Congo Basin and provided technical support to the Cameroon Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) on REDD+ and Climate Change and played a pivotal role in the elaboration of a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) guidelines for REDD+ in Cameroon. Later, he moved to the WWF Cameroon Country Programme Office where he worked for three months as a Climate Change Contractor. Under the Cameroon country office, he provided technical support to the WWF Cameroon REDD+ project with respect to the development of emission reduction strategies and the elaboration of reference and mitigation scenarios of the project. In May 2016, he joined FOKABS where he currently works as a Climate and Low Carbon Development Analyst. He is as well currently involved in a research project on renewable energy funded by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) where he models and desigs solar photovoltaic systems for residential buildings alongside economic, environmental and policy analysis. Kevin has several conference papers and peer reviewed journal publications.
Athena EllenorBook Keeper, CanadaAthena Ellenor is a Bookkeeper with 15 years’ experience in Full Cycle Bookkeeping, Government Compliance and Financial Analysis. Prior to joining Fokabs, Athena Ellenor spent 2.5 years as the Owner of AE Bookkeeping Services till date and 4 years at Hencshel Business Services Inc. Athena Ellenor offers a wide range of programs and services – from QuickBooks entry and training to Government Compliance, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. Athena Ellenor specializes in helping small to medium size new Business start-ups organize documentation, prepare financials, government communications and compliance. Athena joined Fokabs in June 2017.