Director of the West Africa Office for the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, Senegal
48 years of age and originally from Cameroon, Emile Tanawa has held the position of Director of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie for the West Africa region since 18 December 2008, with residency in Dakar, Senegal. He previously managed the Caribbean Office of the same agency from September 2004 to December 2008.
Originally, Mr Tanawa was a research professor at the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon in the civil and urban engineering field, specialising in environment, development and urban techniques. He is the holder of a doctorate from INSA (the National Institute of Applied Sciences) in Lyon in engineering sciences and has an accreditation to manage research at the University of Lyon I. He is the author of more than 30 publications and scientific papers and taught at the Ecole nationale supérieure polytechnique de Yaoundé (Yaoundé national polytechnic school) from 1987 to 2004 and also held administrative posts in its university. He has carried out numerous missions for the United Nations Development Programme, the Water Solidarity Programme and the Partnership for Municipal Development, in the urban development and local authority management fields. He has also led numerous research and implementation projects internationally, building relationships between several African and European universities. He coordinated the team which drew up the national strategy for the fight against poverty in an urban context in Cameroon.