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Mr. Demefack holds a Bachelor’s in Law from the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon, a Master’s in Business Law from the University of Douala, Cameroon, and a Master’s in International Affairs from the New School University in New York, US. He has over 10 years of experience implementing international development programs. His areas of expertise includes policy analysis, human rights, strategic program development, proposal development/grant seeking, contract negotiation and management, compliance, strategic planning, program design and evaluation, report writing, organization of international conferences, research, training, advocacy planning, French-English and English-French translation. Mr. Demefack is the Secretary of the International Correction and Prison Association, Africa Chapter. Previously, he worked at the Rockefeller Foundation in the area of grants management and later acted as assistant to two associate vice presidents for Capacity Building in Africa and the North American Transnational Community. At the International Rescue Committee, a leading US-based NGO operating in more than 46 countries, Mr. Demefack was based in New York and served as a regional program support staff backstopping six country offices located in the horn and East Africa. He served as a liaison between country offices and major US funders, including the US government.
As an international affairs consultant, Mr. Demefack has been involved in projects with a multitude of actors including governments, NGOs, grassroots groups, research organizations and faith-based organizations. His trips in many African countries have allowed him to witness first hand Africa’s development challenges. Some of his latest projects include research and training to improve prison conditions in African countries, Transnational migrant rights work with advocacy activities with the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights. Other thematic areas include promoting sustainable business practice and political risks assessment in Africa. Mr. Demefack has also worked on projects involving major institutions such as UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, DFID, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), Justice Without Borders for Migrants, various US government agencies such as DOL, CDC, USAID, BPRM, the Clinton Foundation, and more. Originally from Cameroon, Mr. Demefack served as a board member of the African Development Institute in New York. He provides pro bono technical assistance to small African grassroots organizations. When he is not traveling he is creating and teaching Yemba, his maternal language. Mr. Demefack is fluent in French, English and proficient in Spanish.