Namanga Ngongi

Board Chair

Dr Namanga was the founding chairman of the AFAP board of trustees, a single honor in an illustrious career that has included major contributions to agricultural development and international diplomacy.

Ngongi started his career as an agricultural extension officer in Cameroon, working as an Extension Officer and Deputy Head of Projects in the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1980, he was appointed Representative to the United Nations (UN) food agencies in Rome, as the head of East and Southern Africa service. He later joined the World Food Program (WFP) in 1984 and became Deputy Executive Director in 1994. He helped put together the transitional government.

He was appointed under secretary-general and special representative to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a role that required him to manage peacekeeping operations, MONUC for two years, organize peace negotiations, and oversee delivery of humanitarian aid.

Namanga retired from the UN in 2003. He has since undertaken several high –level missions for the UN, including a study on food reserve systems in Africa and coordination of an international conference on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in Sierra Leone.

Location: Cameroun