Meet The DPRNET Team
CHARLES CHE FONCHINGONG
Holds a Doctorate in Social Policy from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, where he was also sessional lecturer in social research methods. He lectured at the University of Buea, Cameroon, Department of Gender Studies and at Canterbury Christchurch University, UK as Senior Lecturer in Social Work.
He obtained his first degree in Letters and Sociolinguistics from University of Yaoundé, Cameroon; Master in Social Work degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is registered as a Social Practitioner with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), UK. In developing his front line expertise, he practiced in Mental Health and Adult Social Care sectors in UK, lastly serving as Self Directed Support Practitioner with Essex County Council, Department of Health, Community and Wellbeing.
Charles Fonchingong’s book ‘Growing Old in Cameroon: Gender, Vulnerability and Social Capital’, (2013) is published by University Press of America Click here. He is also author of several peer reviewed articles, chapters and conference papers unraveling development discourse and intersections with social community/grassroots initiatives, social capital theory, gender, elderly welfare; institutional challenges and politics of development. His current research interests unpick institutional dilemmas and policy for elderly, bottom-up, participatory development and gender related dynamics in service provision with linkages to local context.
In pushing forward the Dprnet strategic mission of knowledge incubation, research production, policy debate and dissemination, training and consultancy, Charles Fonchingong counts on his expertise as reviewer for reputable peer-reviewed international Journals such as Politics and Policy, International Journal of Human Rights and International Journal of Social Welfare. He has been a collaborating researcher and on bank of expertise for United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva. He prepared a paper for UNRISD conference (2013) on ‘Potentials and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy’. Charles Fonchingong is also a founding member of African Research on Ageing Network, the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford members (Click here) , had been a visiting research fellow at International Gender Studies Centre, University of Oxford and researched on structural adjustment programs in Cameroon.
Windfred MFUH is International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Expert in the areas of Market development and Strategy, Competition & Regulation and Human capacity building. He is also Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)’s lead training consultant in regulation, strategy and market performance. Windfred is Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Programme Director for Postgraduate and Executive Programmes at the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship, Coventry University, UK. He is also Associate Fellow of Warwick Business School, UK. Windfred has worked with a range of regulatory organisations in various capacities on engineering and management projects for the last 16 years. His latest assignment involves Digital Switchover in Cameroon, change management to achieve ‘Delta State beyond oil’ strategy in Delta State Nigeria, complete market analysis and full spectrum valuation/pricing to accommodate 3G and 4G services for the Kingdom of Thailand in collaboration with Chalmers University of Sweden, Project portfolio management of construction works in Northern Nigeria, convergence and regulation in Trinidad and Tobago, Broadband pricing in Fiji, Interconnection agreement in South Africa, Broadband development in Ghana, competition and market development in Mauritius and mobile telecommunications taxation for emerging economies. He has also worked on entrepreneurship development programmes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ghana, Cameroon and Oman.
Previously, Windfred served as Doctoral and then Lead Researcher at the Centre for Management under Regulation, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (2006 – 2011). He also served in Cameroon’s Ministry of Post and Telecoms for 10 years (1993-2003) in various capacities and served on several committees and working groups across Africa in areas as diverse as spectrum engineering, liberalisation, competition policy and general regulation. He also served during those 10 years as Senior Lecturer at the National Advanced School of Posts and Telecommunications.
Windfred holds a PhD in Strategy and Policy from the University of Warwick Business School, an MSc in Operational Telecoms from the School of Computing and Engineering, Coventry University, UK, an MEng. in Telecommunications and he is a Chartered Engineer. He also holds many industry, academic-specific qualifications and awards from various bodies and organisations. He is Visiting Academic of Entrepreneurship at the Institute of Business Management Karachi, Pakistan and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Iqra University, Pakistan.
In pushing forward the DPRNET agenda, Dr Mfuh counts on his background in business strategy and entrepreneurship to fashion and factor in connections to development thinking, crucial in design of policy with outcomes on wellbeing.
HENRY NGENYAM BANG
Henry Ngenyam Bang has a PhD in International Development, obtained at the University of East Anglia, UK, and two MSc-his second M.Sc in Environment and Development was obtained at the University of East Anglia, UK, while his first MSc in Applied Geology and BSc (Hons) in Geology were obtained at the University of Buea, Cameroon, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria respectively.
Dr Bang has acquired work experience as an academic/researcher, and development/environmental practitioner. He has teaching/mentoring experience to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK and the School of Education Annex, Bambili of the University of Yaounde 1 (now University of Bamenda), Cameroon. Henry has published academic papers in peer-reviewed international journals (see publications section), participated and presented academic papers in international conferences. Some selected conference presentations include the following:
- ‘Governance of disaster risk reduction in Cameroon: The need to empower Local Government’, Paper presented at the 1st biennial conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction, North West University, South Africa. Presenters Link: http://acds.co.za/index.php?page=presenters, and http://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/viewFile/77/147
- ‘Social vulnerability and risk perception to natural hazards in Cameroon two decades following the tragic Lake Nyos gas disaster: What future prospect for the displaced disaster victims?’, Paper presented during the 2008 Summer academy at the United Nations University-Institute for the Environment and Human Security, EHS, Germany. Link: http://www.bonn-dialogues.com/file/get/3954.pdf
- ‘Warning systems in natural disaster affected local communities in Cameroon. Can they mitigate feature risks to Life?’, Paper presented at the PhD conference on current debates in International Development”, University of East Anglia, UK. Link: https://www.uea.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.116229!DEV%20PhD%20Conf_posters_Jun09.pdf
- ‘Present risks in Lake Nyos: Is Cameroon prepared for another great disaster?’, Proceedings of the International Disaster and Risk Conference, ed. J. Walter, Davos, Switzerland.
- ‘The human cost of natural disasters in Cameroon: What implications for disaster survivors: Proceedings of the International Disaster and Risk Conference, ed. J. Walter, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Henry’s multidisciplinary academic profile reflects his current research interest in cross-disciplinary academic fields that include:
The linkages and policies of disaster risk reduction, disaster management, risk perception and governance of disaster risks.
Various aspects of vulnerability, coping capacity and adaptation to natural, climatic and environmental hazards.
Environmental change and natural hazards/disaster induced displacement, migration and resettlement.
Social resilience, poverty and livelihoods options in developing countries.
Dr Bang’s academic experience has been enhanced with hands-on practical experience of environmental/waste management in the UK/EU. Henry is currently the environmental compliance and risk management consultant for ANOVO UK Ltd. This job entails environmental/waste monitoring, measurements, legal compliance and mitigation through the implementation of environmental/business continuity management systems (ISO 14001: 2004 EMS, ISO22301 BCMS).
Henry brings into DPRNet a multidisciplinary academic/work background and research experience necessary to solve the multifaceted development problems plaguing society. Dr Bang’s core interest here is understanding the variety of contemporary challenges associated with climate change, natural/environmental hazards and associated disaster management/risk reduction policies that impact livelihoods/development, and the application of trans/inter-disciplinary approaches to resolve them.
CHARLES NGIEWIH TEKE
Charles Ngiewih Teke (PhD) is Associate Professor of the University of Yaounde I – Cameroon. He holds an MA in English Romantic Studies (1996) and MEd in Sciences of Education (1997) from the University of Yaounde I Cameroon. With the award of a DAAD grant he obtained a PhD in English Romantic Studies in 2004 from the University of Regensburg -Germany. From 2003 – 2004 he served as Advanced Research Counsellor at the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (Institute for English and American Studies), University of Regensburg. He has been teaching English Literature, Theoretical Criticism and Postcolonial Studies at the Advanced School of Education and Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences of the University of Yaounde I.
As a European Union Research Fellow I teach Cameroon Anglophone Literary Studies, postcolonial and multicultural studies in the Institute for English Philology University of Munich and a member of the interdisciplinary research project “CAMLIT – Cameroon: Literature and Language” coordinated by Prof. Dr Helge Nowak. I am also carrying out research in collaboration with the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies. All these bodies are committed to the development of African and global interests. My present project at LMU “Perpetuating Cameroon Anglophone Literature: A Critical Study of Selected Texts” is inscribed within the European Union Research Executive Agency’s interest in promoting new transcultural research avenues, critical innovations and transfer of knowledge to the Union.
The project’s funding, which is specifically under the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship, is intended to be a pace setter for greater academic and cultural exchange and development between the Union represented by the University of Munich and Cameroon. DPRNET Interest Higher Education and development are inextricably linked. Development policies are so multivariate and implicate different theoretical and empirical paradigms. One strategic area which has contributed immensely to social and cultural development is postcolonial and multicultural studies. The essentialist and utopic epistemology of the West resulted in shifting and straddling boundaries in arts and humanities. It positively awakened Africa and other so called peripheral locations to the consciousness of their immense resources and potentials within its boundaries and the larger international or global scenario. My current research ambitions articulate the undoubted space which postcolonial writings and intercultural studies occupy in development ventures and nation building. Arts and the humanities showcase policies which are determinant in sustainable development.
MICHEL M. N . WUTOFU
Michel is an Information Communication Technology (ICT) tutor at Stockport College. He hold a Post Graduate Certification in Computing and Advance Programming from Manchester Metropolitan University, Diploma In Teaching In the Lifelong Sector (DTLLS) and Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS). He is also an expert in Hardware Maintenance, Graphic Designs and Web development. His experience in programming and information system has led to his development of several online services.
Michel, is the developer and CEO of WizeBids, Key4shop ( an online e-commerce website where businesses and individuals can create their own stores without necessarily having a website to sell and buy specifically for Cameroon and Africa traders and entrepreneurs), Jobcentre Cameroon (for all job seekers and employers to advertise and search for work in Cameroon), OneStopCamer (for all those looking to visit Cameroon be it tourism or private here is a site for you to be able to book a rental car and accommodations in Cameroon) African Education Network (AEN), which is his latest development which involves building and hosting websites for Primary and Secondary Schools in Cameroon and Cameroon Metro Link Bus Reservation Software. He has already developed and completed websites for the following schools in the North West Region of Cameroon, Sacred Heart College Mankon, Presbyterian Secondary School Mankon, Our Lady Of Lourdes Mankon and currently working on other schools at the moment expanding to other regions within the country. Michel, is currently working with DPRNET as an IT Consultant.