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Emmanuel Innocents EDOUN (PhD)

Emmanuel Innocents EDOUN is the founder and Board Chairperson of GLAFAD. He holds a PhD in Economic Management from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He provides leadership to ensure effective functioning of the Board of directors and chairs board meetings. He together with the Executive director is responsible for the overall strategic planning of the organisation. Emmanuel has worked in the field of Economic and Business, public administration, development studies and socio-economic development in rural and urban settings abroad and in Africa and acquired well-rounded experience. He is also an Academic with a Lecturing background from the University of Witwatersrand, Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg.

He has also worked as Policy Advisor for economic governance at AFRODAD. He has travelled widely between different countries in Africa interacting with policy makers, policy implementers, civil society organisations and community members. He has contributed various conference papers including on political instability and the rise of poverty; governance through decentralisation; good governance and development; impact of governance on state owned enterprises to mention a few. Over the years, he has acquired and honed skills in designing, facilitating and implementing socio-economic development projects; in managing expectations of multiple stakeholders and motivating people through effective leadership

His research interests are Public Sector Economics, Economic and Business, International Finance and Economics, Principles of Econometrics, Macro and Micro economics, Quality and Operations Management; Good Governance, Public Policy, Local Economic Development, Local Government, Decentralisation, Public management and Service Delivery. He can be contacted at

Taurai Chiraerae

Taurai Chiraerae is the Executive Director of GLAFAD. He is an International Affairs expert with experience in the field of research and policy advocacy. HE is responsible for overseeing the revenue mobilisation, administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Taurai is highly experienced with 11 years’ experience in the NGO sector both at national, SADC level and international level. Prior to this role, he served in various senior positions at Media Centre as Monitoring and evaluation Officer, Research Analyst at Equity Axis, and various positions at AFRODAD as Policy Analyst, International Public Affairs, Senior policy Researcher Aid Effectiveness and program officer Domestic Debt. During his time at AFRODAD, Taurai has worked on various policy topics including the role of emerging powers (BRICS) in a changing geo-political landscape, Domestic Debt management in Africa; Health and Education in the SADC region and on aid effectiveness in various African countries. Amongst other professional qualifications Taurai holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Development Studies from Midlands State University and is studying part time for a in Financial Management with University of South Africa (UNISA).

His interests are in Finance for Development, South Africa’s foreign policy and the role of International Financial institutions in development. He can be contacted at :

Genevieve Bakam Fotso

Genevieve Bakam Fotso is the Finance and Administration Manager of GLAFAD. She leads all day-to-day operations of the organisation with functional responsibility for accounting, grants administration, Human resources coordinating, events management and all compliance issues. Genevieve holds a PhD Masters in Operations Management from the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She also holds an Honours degree in Business Management from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She also has professional certifications in Microsoft Professional and Sage X3 Certification in Financials at Sage University in South Africa V12. Prior to this role she has published articles and conference papers on various topics as peacekeeping operations, role of women in resolution of local conflict, the Impact of Digital Technologies on Economic Development; Critical Assessment of Banking Institutions in South Africa and participated in conferences locally and abroad. She has conducted womens training on Sage Management Software modules such as Finances, Business, accounting and Human Resources in various training institutions centre in Cameroon such as Powerbache, Alpha & Omega Corporate, Etbs Meilleur Prix in Cameroun -Yaoundé. She has been with GLAFAD for the past five years as a research consultant doing research and leading or facilitating workshops and conferences on gender-based violence, child abuse, conflict mediation and socio-economic development across the continent.

Her research interest includes the digitalisation, reengineering of operations management, research and financial management among others. She can be contacted at :

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