2024 Central Africa
Think Tank Forum

Theme : Empowering Independent Voices in the Central African Region

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Background

Among many other challenges that have plagued the region over the years and which continuously account for the low rates of development witnessed across the region, the ability for think tanks in Central Africa to effectively operate  has been a daunting challenge that has consequently led to the short life span, fragmentation and ineffectiveness of some think tanks, research centres and advocacy groups.

In reality, think tanks and research centres are reputed for their ability to champion intensive advocacy campaigns on cross-cutting thematic issues backed by objective, impartial and evidence-based research.

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Objectives

The 2nd edition of the Central Africa Think Tank Forum will specifically aim to empower independent voices from the Central African Region

Identify key opinion leaders, think tanks, research centres and advocacy groups

Establish a platform for exchange of knowledge and shared experiences between the various Think Tanks in the Central African region

Analyse specific challenges facing Think Tanks in the region, and opportunities for improvement

Promote collaboration and partnerships between Think Tanks in the region and other key players, such as universities, governments and the private sector

Target audience

Think Tank Leaders

International Funders

Researchers & Students

Civil Society Organizations

Development Partners

Participants

Dr Denis Foretia
Dr Denis Foretia

Dr. Foretia is Co-Chair of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation and Executive Chairman of the Nkafu Policy Institute, a leading Cameroonian think tank. Along with co-chair Lenora Ebule, he shapes and approves strategy, advocates for the foundation, and helps set the overall direction. He is also the Chairman of Merckshire LLC, an international holding company with operations in the US and Cameroon.
A surgeon by training, Foretia has always been involved in philanthropic activities and issues related to international development. He is currently the President of the Association of Cameroonian Physicians in the Americas (ACPA). He is also the Co-Founder and pioneer president of the Cameroon Professional Society (CPS) – the premier institution for Cameroonian professionals in the US focused on advancing economic opportunity and leadership development among Cameroonians.

Founder & Executive Chairman,
Nkafu Policy Institute,
Cameroon

Damien Mouzoun

Mr. Damien Mouzoun is President and CEO of Ayina Think Tank, a structure created to awaken and raise awareness among African youths. He has recently joined the World Academy Ambassadorship to reach millions of people through information and communication technologies such as cell phones and social networks. He is President of the Center for Alternative Thinking, Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute and Ambassador for Rotary International.

Damien has served as Africa coordinator for the U.S.-based Give 1 Project, international facilitator and ambassador for the Global Youth innovation network founded by both the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome and the Phelps Stock Fund, senior trainer and board member of the Swiss-based SEEDS cooperative, and holds a law degree from Fordham University in New York.

Founder & CEO,
Ayina Think Tank
Rwanda

Annick Ebela

TBA

Head of Partnerships, CREPIA
Cameroon

Barrister Nsen Abeng

Barrister Nsen Abeng is a licensed attorney and expert in human rights and humanitarian action with over 20 years of experience. Known for working with NGOs, CBOs, stakeholders, and governments. She specializes in gender equality and women’s rights, as well as developing and reviewing humanitarian response strategies.

Currently, Barrister Nsen Abeng is the National Coordinator for CIVITAS Cameroon, assisting the Government of Cameroon in designing and implementing gender equality and women's empowerment programs. She develops government strategies and annual plans, including humanitarian response strategies, and liaises with senior leadership and stakeholders to ensure efficient and cost-effective operations.

National Coordinator, CIVITAS
Cameroon

Dr Lydie-Stella KOUTIKA

Dr. Lydie-Stella Koutika is a Soil Scientist (CRDPI), Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo. She obtained an engineer degree in agronomy (Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy) and a PhD in soil science (Université Nancy I, currently Université de Lorraine, France). Her research focuses on C, N and P dynamics. She is a former fellow “Research in Brussels” (2003-2004), Belgium, Rothamsted International (2009-2010), UK, and TWAS-ENEA International Fellow (Sept 2018-June 2019), Italy. She was a laureate of the AU 'Kwame Nkrumah Regional Scientific Award for Women’ (2014) and TWAS-Al-Kharafi Prize (2018). She is a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the ‘4 per 1000’ Initiative “Soils for Food Security and Climate”. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Research Scientist
RDC

Barrister Jonathan Nyemb

Jacques Jonathan is a lawyer and public policy specialist, serving as Counsel at Cabinet Nyemb. He advises multinationals, private equity firms, startups, financial institutions, and sovereign entities on projects and businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.

He has extensive experience advising governments and public-sector entities on policy-making and regulation, including his role with OHADA from 2010 to 2013.

Jacques Jonathan lectures at the Catholic University of Central Africa and is a Board Director of GICAM and President of the Law & Competitiveness Commission of ACCI/CAVIE. He is also Co-Founder and President of The Okwelians, a think tank promoting social innovation through ethical leadership in Cameroon.

Founder,  Nyemb Firm
Cameroon

Mr. Henri Mokambi
Henri Mokambi

TBA

Communications Manager,
Institut Concorde,
Gabon

Prof. Emmanuel Bruno ONGO
Prof. Emmanuel ONGO

Associate Professor of Economics since 2019, he is an economist of development. After defending his PhD thesis in 2015 at the University of Yaoundé II, he became a lecturer that same year. In 2018, he became an assistant professor at CAMES. In 2019, he passed the CAMES Agrégation competitive examination. His research focuses on financial economics, economics of inequality, growth, education, conflict and migration.

Pr. Ongo has equally worked on urbanization and industrialization. He is also the author of several articles and four books. In addition, he is the Director of the Center for Studies and Research in Economics and Management (CEREG) in the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Yaoundé 2 in Cameroon. He is also a consultant for several international institutions such as the African Union, the African Development Bank and the OECD. At the national level, he is the coordinator of CERAPE-Cameroon and equally a consultant at Nkafu Institute.

Director, CEREG
Cameroon

Mr. Aimable Manirakiza
Aimable Manirakiza

Aimable Manirakiza is the Founder and chief executive officer of the Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, at libertarian think tank operating in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda.

In 2015, when the president of Burundi sought an illegal third term, Manirakiza joined peaceful protests. However, government forces cracked down on the protests and he was forced to flee Burundi. While in Kenya, Manirakiza came into contact with the Atlas Network and was introduced to free-market libertarian ideals. In 2017, he returned to Burundi and founded the CDE Great Lakes, impacting the nation's legislature. In 2020, Manirakiza won the Africa Liberty Award

CEO, Center For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes,
Burundi

Christian Ngoube

TBA

Director of Programmes,
OPA-AYEN,
Cameroon

KAYITESI Eugenia

Ms. KAYITESI Eugenia is the Executive Director of IPAR-Rwanda and serves as the Secretary to its BoD. She is an Honors Graduate of Social Sciences from Makerere University, Uganda with an MBA from Maastricht School of Management (MsM) in The Netherlands. She is pursuing her PhD degree in Business Administration, specializing in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Ms. KAYITESI is the current President of the Policy Institute Committee (PIC), an Advisory Board Member of the African Portal, and a member of Board of Directors for the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA-Rwanda). She also sits on the National Independent Review Panel (NIRP) for Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA). She has worked with Public, Private and Civil Society Organizations with a focus on capacity building, organizational development, Policy Analysis and Research.

Executive Director, IPAR
Rwanda

Mr. Victor Kitembo I.
Mr. Victor Kitembo
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Executive Director, PADES
DRC

Mr. Aimable Manirakiza

Chief Executive Officer,
Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes,
Burundi

Executive Director,
Dreams HUB – A coworking space for innovation and investigation,
Equatorial Guinea

Dr Lambert Leinyuy Wirdze Shiyntum
Centre for Research on Child and Family Development and Education (CRCFDE),
Cameroon
Mr. Henri Mokambi

Communications Manager,
Institut Concorde,
Gabon

Pr. Jean Christophe Boungou Bazika
Pr. Jean Christophe Bazika
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Regional Coordinator, CERAPE
Congo-Brazzaville

Dr. Aline ZOBO
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CEO/Founder, IRADDAC
Cameroon

Joel Nana Kontchou
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Administrateur des Sociétés
Cameroon

Mr. Henri Mokambi
Dr. Nzonikoua Boniface
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Coordinator, CRAD
CRA

Barrister Agbor Balla

President of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa,
Cameroon

Mariya Gorbanova S

Knowledge for Transformation Adviser,
Regional Programmes Africa 1
GIZ

Open Society Foundations
Africa

Dr. OKOUDA Barnabe

Executive Director,
Cameroon Policy Analysis and Research Center,
Cameroon

Prof. Emmanuel Bruno ONGO

Director,
Centre d’Études et de Recherche en Économie et Gestion (CEREG),
Cameroon

Former Rector of the University of Ngaoundéré,
Cameroon

Senior Research Fellow,
Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR),
Rwanda

Prof. Ibrahim Aygongar

Executive Director,
Centre d’Étude et de Recherche pour la Dynamique des Organisations (CERDO),
Chad

Prof. Nadine MACHIKOU

President,
AYEN Think Tank (Represented)
Cameroon

Jimm Chick Fomunjong

Head, Knowledge Management & Communications Unit,
West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI),
Ghana

Dr. Christelle Amina Djouldé

Executive Coordinator,
Community Research & Development Center (COREDEC),
Cameroon

Founder & CEO,
Ayina Think Tank,
Rwanda

Director,
Centre de Recherche pour le Développement (CEREDEC),
Central African Republic

Christelle Amina Djoulde

Executive Coordinator,
Community Research and Development Center (COREDEC),
Cameroon

Mr. Christian Ngoube
Director of Programmes,
OPA-AYEN,
Cameroon
Mr. Yerima Kini Nsom
Journalist,
The Post,
Cameroon
Ms Paulette Ndong
Journalist,
Mutations,
Cameroon

Agenda

Tuesday, August 20, 2024



7:00pm – 10:00pm :

Welcome Dinner and Discussion

Remarks by Foundation CEO

Remarks by Co-Chair

Introductions and Networking

Dinner

Special Reflections on the theme “Empowering Independent Voices in Central Africa”.


 

Wednesday, August 21, 2024



7:30 – 8:00 : Registration
8:00 – 9:00 : Sponsored Breakfast (by invitation)
9:00 – 9:45 : Opening Keynote



9:45 – 10:45 : Plenary Panel "Moving Beyond Research: Enhancing Think Tanks' Impact on
Policy Uptake in Central Africa"
10:45 – 11:00 : Bio Break



11:00 – 12:30 : Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1 : Leveraging Digitalization for Inclusive Economic Transformation in Central Africa
Breakout Session 2 : Enhancing the Resilience of Think Tanks in Response to the Shrinking Civic Space in Central Africa
Breakout Session 3 : Accelerating Regional Trade and Integration in ECCAS
12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch



2:00 – 2:45 : Keynote "Fostering Partnerships and Collaborations Across Think Tanks, Civil Society Organizations, and Key Stakeholders"
2:45 – 3:30 : Plenary Short Talks (10-minutes TED-like talks)
    -Amplifying Youth Voices: Advancing Engagement in Think Tanks, CSOs, and Beyond.
    -Prioritizing Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
    -Supporting Independent Media
3:30 – 3:45 : Bio Break


3:45 – 5:00 : Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1 : Collaborative Action to Strengthen Health Systems in Central Africa
Breakout Session 2 : Navigating Growth and Management Challenges in African Think Tanks: Insights from Executive Directors
Breakout Session 3 : Central African Think Tanks and CSOs: Advancing Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Processes"
5:00 – 5:30 : Wrap Up
7:30 – 9:00 : Special Dinner

Thursday, August 22, 2024



7:30 – 8:00 : Registration
8:00 – 9:00 : Sponsored Breakfast (by invitation)
9:00 – 9:45 : Keynote "Strengthening Human Rights, Accountable Governance and Democracy – Role for Think Tanks and CSOs"



9:45 – 10:45 : Plenary Panel "A Conversation with Think Tank and CSO Funders"
10:45 – 11:00 : Bio Break



11:00 – 12:30 : Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1 : Building Resilient Media Ecosystems: Role of Think Tanks in Supporting Independent Journalism in Central Africa
Breakout Session 2 : Rethinking Economic Transformation in the Central Africa Region
Breakout Session 3 : Understanding Women's Economic Empowerment and the Care Economy in Central Africa: Contexts, Challenges, and Gender Equity Impact
12:30 – 2:00 : Lunch



2:00 – 3:00 : Co-creation sessions : Sessions and ideas for collaboration will be proposed by attendees.
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
3:00 – 3:45 : Plenary Short Talks (10-minutes TED-like talks)
3:45 – 4:00 : Bio Break


4:00 – 4:45 Closing Keynote
4:45 – 5:15 Wrap up
7:30 – 10:00 Closing Dinner

2023 Think Tank Forum

Logistics

Delegates are responsible for arranging:

  • Hotel Reservations
  • Bearing the cost of flight tickets
  • Visa fees (Apply for a Cameroon Visa here)
  • Local transportation
  • Any personal expenses (extra food, gifts, etc.)

Our logistics team is available to facilitate these for you.