Our Management Team

HRF Buea is led by a team of professionals with different diverse specialties and experience. Their studies in Cameroonian, United Kingdom and US institutions makes HRF a key resource in advancing research and educational across Cameroon and the rest of the world.

Founder and President: Dr Michel N. Maboh

Maboh M. Nkwati’s professional background is in Nursing. He was the pioneer Head of Nursing (2016-2018) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (2016-2019) at the Biaka University Institute of Buea Cameroon. He has been working for 14 years in health professions education and academic governance. He is passionate about improving individual and community health through education and has been active in the development of health professions education in Cameroon. In this context he has led curriculum development in a wide range of health and nursing subject areas. His primary research interest is in the area of improving health care through health professions education, active learning and geriatrics. This has led to publications in academic journals that include articles on innovative approaches to curriculum development, elderly care, student-led community health improvement projects, and the evolution of professional education. He is also introducing the concept of interdisciplinary clinical simulation in health professions education in Cameroon at Biaka University Institute of Buea.. 

Maboh is part-time lecturer at the University of Buea, Cameroon. He is also adjunct faculty in Research and Biostatics at the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University PA, USA. He is also serving on the academic board of Equals Institute Australia. He is co-investigator of a World Diabetes Foundation funded project to improve rural diabetes management using a synergy of student nurses and primary care nurses in the South West Region of Cameroon. He is a member of multiple professional associations in Cameroon and internationally.

He is actively involved in professional advocacy and the fight against fraud in health professions education and practice. He also provides consultancy and training services in health professions education in Cameroon. Maboh’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Nursing Science and Master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Buea Cameroon, and a PhD from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. He is also a 2012 Fellow of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (Philadelphia USA).

Co-Founder and Vice President: Dr Aminkeng Z. Leke

Dr. Aminkeng Z Leke is fellow (2011) of the Foundation for International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)-USA. He holds a BSc. in medical laboratory science and MSc in chemical pathology from the university of Buea-Cameroon; and a PhD in Pharmacoepidemiology from Ulster University-UK. Since 2007, he has served in various administrative and academic roles at Biaka University Institute of Buea; his latest (in 2016) being Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Cooperation, Quality Management. Dr. Leke has been a lead member of many curriculum development committees on health professions education in Cameroon. His Manual on “Medical Laboratory Science for Nurses” written in 2008 has been a great educational resource for many nursing students across Cameroon. He has a keen interest in community health and maternal/infant health. He led an innovative project on diabetes management in rural Cameroon that won the TUFH Projects that Work International Award in 2015. This project is currently being funded by World Diabetes Foundation with potential nation-wide adoption. One of Dr. Leke’s recent projects has produced the first data on maternal medication use and safety in pregnancy in Cameroon.

In his past work in EUROPE, he investigated maternal use of antibiotics and risk of congenital anomalies by analyzing the European Surveillance of Congenital Anomaly (EUROCAT) database. Currently, he is working with the ZikaPlan Global Birth Defects Team to develop and App for the identification and accurate description and coding of congenital anomalies in low resource settings. He is also involved in the WHO Pregnancy Registry project in Africa.

Senior Adviser: Prof Ndeso S. Atanga

He was born in Mankon Town Bamenda in October 1952 to Lawrence Akuma Atanga Of blessed memory) and Theresia Sirri Atanga (still alive and strong). My primary education (1959-1964) was in several schools in Bamenda because my father was a teacher and took the whole family with him wherever he was transferred to teach. Secondary education was at the famous Sacred Heart College Mankon (1964-1969). Worked for 2 years in the defunct Mankon Area Council as a clerk general duties and bilingual translator for the council and its Chairman, Fon Angwafor III. His post-secondary education began in USA at the Jewish Hospital and Medical Center of Brooklyn New York, School of Nursing (1971-1974) where he qualified with a diploma in Nursing Science; obtained the RN qualification, and was Licensed to practice in the state of New York. Upon completion of the RN Diploma, he felt it was not challenging enough. From September 1974 to July, 1978, he enrolled at the famous City College of the City University of New York where he studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. 

 Upon graduating from City College, the urge for advanced knowledge in the Field of Health Sciences continued, propelled him to the prestigious Ivy League Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, New Haven Connecticut, USA, where he enrolled and completed a two year Master of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology/health Administration (1978-1980). With this advanced preparation in Public Health, he returned to his country Cameroon in 1983 and served as the country’s Chief Epidemiologist for 12 years (1983-1995). With this experience, he decided to change careers (from Public Health Practice to University teaching). To adequately position himself for the challenges academia will present, he went back to school and obtained an MPHIL in Health Policy from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM, 1995-1997) and a Doctorate in Public Health Medicine from The University of Ghana, School of Public Health, in (2010).

 Since then, he has been teaching and researching in Epidemiology, Nursing, and Public Health at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Buea and other Institutions of Higher Learning in Cameroon. He is currently the Dean and Associate Professor of Public and International Health in Saint Monica American International University, Cameroon and Visiting Associate Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea. He has supervised several Masters and PhD Theses and has equally researched and published over 52 papers on Quality of Health Care Issues in several peer review journals. He is a WHO Consultant, Expert in HIV/AIDS Research, a Working Group Member of the “AfyaBora” International Public Consortium, and the Cameroon Resident Coordinator of Africa’s N0. 1 Think Tank “The African Technology Policy Studies Network” (ATPS).

Grants Coordinator: Dr Mrs Esoh Nahyeni Bassah

Dr Mrs Esoh is a senior lecturer of Nursing at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea. She has worked as a nurse educator for 11 years in several nurse training institutions in Cameroon with experience in curriculum development, classroom and clinical teaching, training of clinical mentors, supervision of student research projects, and paper presentations at scientific conferences. She has served as Head of the Nursing Department at the Higher Institute of Applied medical Sciences, Buea (2009-2011)   She currently serves as Acting Head of Nursing Department at the University of Buea. Dr Esoh was a member of curriculum development team and pioneer educator in the newly created Bachelor of Midwifery program in the same school. She is member of the mentoring team for over 10 midwifery training schools in Cameroon being mentored by the University of Buea. She equally serves as member of the Ethics Institutional Review Board of the University of Buea. In the last two years she has worked as an activity Lead for the One Health Central and East African (OHCEA) initiative at the University of Buea. This initiative designs and implements community outreach programs with students to educate community members on preventive strategies for zoonotic infectious diseases.

She has co-authored a good number of papers in peer review journals and serve as a reviewer for some. Dr Esoh’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Nursing Science and a Master’s in Nursing Education from the University of Buea. She equally holds a PhD in Nursing Studies from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Her interest is to contribute towards improving nursing and midwifery education in resource poor contexts, with a particular focus on palliative care nursing education, clinical teaching and assessment, curriculum development and the One Health approach to healthcare delivery.

Media and Communications Director: Mr Benyella Njeko

Mr Benyella prefers to refer to himself as a businessman with a keen interest in media, communication and information technology. He is a Chevening scholar and holds a Master of Arts degree in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He has over 14 years of experience in the web and graphic design industry with hundreds of websites, print layouts and graphic design projects under his belt. During this period he founded Clone Multimedia Ltd as well as co-founded the prestigious Buea Institute of Technology which trains several youths in a number of IT disciplines. His knowledge, experience and expertise has landed him a number of important roles in organisations like AfroVision Group where he served as lead graphic designer; Volunteer for AFRICAphonie, a Cameroon based civil society orgnisation with focus on democracy, peace and development.

He has equally served as designer and editor in chief for a local magazine Business Diary which showcases and promotes local business initiatives. Mr Njeko’s research interests include the use of new media in advancing social communications. He also serves as part-time lecturer in online journalism at the University of Buea. He is a die-hard fan of video documentaries, loves photography, crunching research data and making sense out of them or just tinkering with stuff and building things.

International Liaison Director: Mr Divine Abanke

Mr Abanke currently works with Connections Community Support Programme DE, USA as the team leader of a Community Re-Integration Support Program with administrative and clinical responsibilities to supervise a multidisciplinary team of professionals with goal to encourage and facilitate recovery of individuals living with and recovering from a severe and persistent mental illness. He has a rich background in mental health including with the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust UK. He has played key roles in building clinical and community based teams to address the needs of individuals with regards to mental health. His key research interests lie in the area of mental health care and policy development; however, he is also interested in demonstrating the link between the environment and health. A registered nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council UK, Mr Abanke is also a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. He also serves as part-time lecturer at the Biaka University of Institute Buea Cameroon. His educational background includes Master’s in Mental Health Nursing and Master’s in Environmental Science, both form the University of Essex UK; and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Buea Cameroon. He is also holder of numerous certifications in Health and Social Care.

Finance Manager: Mr Collins Y Degoh

Yangni Collins Degoh’s professional background is In business studies. He is the current head of Marketing department at Landmark Metropolitan University Buea and a computer Aided Marketing and Entrepreneurship teacher at Government Technical High School (GTHS) Ombe. He has worked as a business educator for 13 years in several secondary and professional universities in Cameroon with experience in writing of business plans, marketing plans, projects and supervision of students’ research projects. He is passionate about improving individual and businesses through education and has been active in the development of profession education in Cameroon. His manual in entrepreneurship tittle “start and manage a new business successfully “written in 2016, in Economics tittle “Solution to Advanced Level Economics” and in Marketing tittle “Simplified approach to Marketing” has been great educational resources for many students in Cameroon. He is the founding shareholder of Teachers Resource Group (TRG) with its first project being community Christian College (CCC) Muea Buea

and the founder of Global prosperity (GP) a non-governmental organization in Buea Cameroon Yangni is the Finance controller of Grace Faith Mission International with Head office in Douala Cameroon, part-time lecturer at Biaka University institute of Buea, Fomic polytechnic university Buea and Yaounde Business School. He served as a seasonal examiner at the ministry of higher education for Higher National Diploma (HND) Exams from the year (2012-2015), seasonal examiner with the Cameroon GCE Board in “A” Economics from the year (2008-2012) and for

“A” Level marketing from the year (2017-2019) Yangni educational background includes; a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Buea, a diploma in project Management from Pan African Institute of Development Buea, Dipet 2 in Marketing from the Higher Technical Teachers Training college Bambili, Masters in marketing and communication from Rome Business School and a final year MBA student in Management in the University of Bamenda.