Francis Ikome is an Italian-Cameroonian international policy adviser, West Africa specialist, and the founder of the Cameroonian American Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Ikome serves as president and CEO of the chamber, where he oversees strategic operations, while advising global and diaspora businesses on targeted investment opportunities. He is also a managing partner of the Africa Investment Agency, and a columnist with China Daily Africa.
Having resided in Cameroon, Europe and North America, Ikome offers global insight and a solid grasp of the African context to effectively interface with issues concerning the continent. This has allowed him to develop successful partnerships and engage foreign investors and diasporas in private sector initiatives.
Mr. Ikome holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He previously worked as a wealth manager in London where he advised high-net worth clients, and as a professional football player in Portugal, where he won a second division title.
Jean Claude Tchatchouang serves as vice president of the Chamber.
In his role, he provides leadership and mentorship to the Chamber, working closely with the president and spearheading the Chamber’s corporate strategy and program implementation.
Jean Claude has an extensive background in international development and holds degrees in business and statistics from the National Institute of Statistics and the University of Yaounde, and a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University.
Viola Llewellyn overseas and coordinates development strategies at the Chamber. She works closely with investors, diaspora leadership and African Civil Society Groups. Her previous consulting roles have been in the health care, technology, media, education, security and communications fields.
Viola has over 15 years of project management and consulting experience from the technology and Government sectors in the United States. She has worked on large public sector projects for companies such as Unisys Corporation, IBM, KPMG Consulting, BearingPoint and Rothschild. Viola brings valuable access via her business and political connections in industries such as energy, agro-business, construction, the legislature, education and banking.
Of recent, Viola headed a trade delegation of 15 U.S. business owners from Pennsylvania to Cameroon and Gabon.
Ernest Ita serves as the chief operating officer of the Chamber.
In this role, Ernest manages and oversees the Chamber’s initiatives in both countries to ensure operational consistency and works closely with program managers and external consultants.
He has previously worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers and brings tremendous knowledge of the business environment in Cameroon. Earnest also has an extensive network of professional counterparts with whom the Chamber collaborates.
Ernest holds an MBA and a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Louisville. He is presently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Mathematical Finance from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Solomon M. Fon serves as the chief financial officer of the Chamber, overseeing all financial and reporting activities. He’s a seasoned financial professional and certified public accountant with extensive experience as an auditor and financial analyst.
He also owns his own tax-planning and -preparation practice in Maryland. He has also audited numerous non-profit entities in his career and he is an authorized IRS e-file provider.
Solomon has initiated various development projects in Cameroon and actively contributes to community events in the diaspora. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Master’s degree in Taxation from the American University.
Kevin Tabe is a Cameroonian attorney presently practicing in Maryland. He acts as the head of legal affairs at the Chamber and he is the principal and owner of Kevin M. Tabe Law Offices.
Kevin has strong expertise in international legal affairs and solid experience and thorough knowledge of the legal systems in both the United States and Cameroon.
Kevin holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo, and an LLM in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from George Washington University.
Hector Tantoh is the director of marketing at the Chamber, where he leads our branding and communications strategies. In this crucial role, Hector brings significant marketing experience and expertise to the Chamber.
He is responsible for ensuring that the Chamber’s corporate communications strategy and social media presence remain of the highest quality.
Hector is also a marketing consultant for the Cameroon Football Development Program, and has experience in the banking, higher educational and non-profit sectors. He holds an MBA from Penn State University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University.
Edward Njie Mokonya has over 15 years of experience as an IT professional and serves as the head of IT at the Chamber. He has broad expertise in systems engineering, IT solutions, architecture and database administration.
He has previously held senior positions with the Oracle Corporation Advanced Technology Solutions Consulting Practice in the Americas, CoreLogic LLC, Fannie Mae, and Millennial Media Corporation.
Edward is an avid technology enthusiast. He is a member of the Oracle Customer Advisory Panel, and has volunteered for the Fannie Mae Foundation. Edward studied internet application engineering at Capitol College.
Maria Eluma has been based in Europe almost her entire life and is responsible for engaging Cameroonian diasporas outside the United States, as well as researching and identifying outreach opportunities in Europe.
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Perugia, Italy, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations.