Joya Taft-Dick

Joya Taft-Dick (Vital Voices - Africa Businesswomen’s Network, ABWN): Joya was born in Vermont and spent much of her youth on the move with her father – a UN official – in Africa and South Asia. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2006, she spent a year working in Colombo, Sri Lanka with a local women’s group and public health organizations. Joya then moved to Washington D.C where she spent two years working with a Congressional Commission on sexual violence in U.S prisons and jails. At the time of her fellowship, Joya was pursuing her Master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. After her fellowship, Joya wrote: “Being around my colleagues and CBWN’s members was truly inspiring. The fellowship reminded me that I can operate very independently, that I am truly adaptable, and that I am happiest ‘in the field.’ I leave Cameroon with some rediscovered 'joie de vivre’.”

Introducing: Dominique Yamb Ntimba

13 Aug

As previously mentioned, CBWN has finally been graced with the presence of our new Hub Manager, who I present below:


Dominique Yamb Ntimba was born in 1974 in a small village called Makondo, a few hours drive from Douala.  Dominique received both his primary and secondary education in Edea; at the age of 15 he attended the ‘Lycee Classique d’Edea,’ where he received his baccalaureat and was named Top Student of his school, and second in the Littoral region as a whole.  In 1992 he attended the University of Yaounde, and the following year moved on to the University of Douala.  There he studied philosophy, and later focused more specifically on political and comparative philosophy.  In 1997 he received his Masters Degree in Philosophy.

Between 1998 and 2002, Dominique taught philosophy at the University of Douala, and during the latter two years was also the Head of the Publicity Department for TV Max – a television broadcasting company.  In 2002 he became the CEO of Bel-Air Cameroon, an IT company in Yaounde, and over the subsequent two years helped Bel-Air grow into a large enterprise.  In 2005 he returned to Douala and became the Head of the Department for Communication and Training for AFECAC, an accountancy firm, for two years.

In 2007 Orange Cameroon, an affiliate of France Telecom, appointed Dominique as the Project Manager for its’ tracking solutions.  He then became an Operations Management Consultant for Smartrack, a tracking partner of Orange, then subsequently moved on to become the Account Executive for Douala1, a Network Service Provider.

Finally, in July of 2010, Dominique was hired by Vital Voices to take on the role of Hub Manager for the CBWN.

Posted By Joya Taft-Dick

Posted Aug 13th, 2010

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