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Prof. Jean-Emmanuel Pondi


Professor Jean-Emmanuel PONDI is a specialist in political science and international relations. He is a former Director of the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) (1999-2006), and is presently the Vice-rector of the University of Yaounde I in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World, after having been Secretary General of the same university (2006-2017).


Professor Jean-Emmanuel Pondi is a distinguished full Professor of Political Science and International Relations. He is the Vice-Chancellor of The ICT University, Cameroon. Before his appointment, Prof. Pondi has served under different positions within and outside Cameroon. Some of his appointments include: the Director of IRIC, the Secretary General of the University of Yaoundé II, Secretary-General of the University of Yaounde I. Vice-Rector of the University of Yaounde I, Chevening Scholar at Cambridge University, Chief of Services of National and International Cooperation in the University of Yaoundé and Holder of the Léopold Sédar Senghor professorship of Cameroon

Prof. Jean-Emmanuel Pondi is a holder of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Political Science, specialized in International Relations at The Pennsylvania State University (USA), Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in International Relations, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (England), Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Political Economics at The London School of Economics, London (England), B.A in Economics and Political Science at The State University of New York, Buffalo (USA) and lastly Senior High School Degree (Baccalauréat, Série B) at the Lycée d’Etat Mixte Jean Perrin, Lyon, France

The distinguished professor has teaching, research and consultancy experience of more than 30 years in Universities, professional and diplomatic institutions in Cameroon and around the world. He was a Visiting Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Washington, D.C., Guest Lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Diplomacy Training Programme, Visiting Fellow of the Cambridge University Centre of International Studies, and Visiting Chevening Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is a Life Member of the Cambridge University Union Society, Life Member of the London School of Economics Society, Research Associate of the Cambridge University African Studies Centre, and Member of the Cambridge Society.

He has served as an Academic Supervisor and Guest Lecturer at the Vermont, U.S.A School for International training (SIT) in Yaoundé, Member of Consultative Committee of University Institutions of Cameroon, Secretary General of the Cameroonian Association for the United Nations, Member of the Observatoire Politique et Stratégique de l’Afrique (O.P.S.A), Paris, Member of the Charles Léopold MAYER Foundation for Human Progress and of the Alliance for a Responsible and United World, Paris, France, Member of the West African Research Center (WARC), General Treasurer of the Continental Federation of OAU Associations, Member of the Scientific Committee of Afrique, Adviser to the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) President, Member of the National Olympic Academy, Honorary Member of the Ecole Supérieure Spéciale d’Architecture  du Cameroun (ESSACA), and Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences.

On the instructions of the President of the Republic of Cameroon,  Prof. Pondi presented the awards of the Degree of Doctor Honoris causa to the Director General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, to Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town, South Africa, to former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf, to Professor Reinhard Stelten, Nobel Prize Winner for Economics in 1994, to Dr Lius Gomez Sambo, Regional Director of the world Health Organization (WHO) for Africa, to Mrs Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to Mrs Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the Organisation Interantionale de la Francophonie (OIF) and lastly a Honorary Professor of History of International Relations to H.E. Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy.

To his credit, the celebrated professor has the following distinctions: the Commander in the Order of the French Academic Palms, Officer in the Order of the French Academic Palms, Chevening Scholar, Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences, Knight of the Cameroon National Order or Valor, Officer of the Cameroon National Order of Valor and was elected best Intellectual of the 2000-2010 Decade by Camer-Foundation in April 2010 in Yaounde. In total, the distinguished professor has over 150 books, articles and forwards to his credit and has supervised more than 30 Ph.Ds. across Africa, Europe and the USA.

As a consultant, the decorated professor has sat on different international media outlets including: the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the International Francophone Television Network TV5 Afrique programme, and CRTV. He also served as visiting professor in many universities within and outside Cameroon such as The Protestant University Of Central Africa, The University Of Cambridge (G.B.), The Foreign Service Institute Of The U.S. State Department, Crystal City, Virginia (U.S.A.), The Geneva Graduate School Of International Studies (Switzerland),The Institute Of Diplomatic And International Studies (IDIS), University Of Nairobi, Kenya, The All Africa Conference Of Churches (AACC), Nairobi, Kenya, and The Institut Des Hautes Etudes De Defense Nationale, (IHEDN) Paris, France.

His academic and professional career is still much felt across Cameroon, Africa and the world. To get more information on his contributions, click the links on this profile.