Jacques Owono (PhD)


Head of Country office, Cameroon
Project Manager Central Africa

Jacques Owono studied Philosophy and Catholic Theology (Ethic) at the Catholic University of Central Africa (CUCA) in Yaoude (Cameroon), where he carried out two Bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Theology and an excellent Master degree in Media ethics. In 2007, he started a Phd in Philosophy (with the specialisation in socio-ethics and interreligious studies) at the Bayreuth University, with the Title: 'Poverty and Impoverishment in Africa'. The main intention of the thesis is to show that Africa is not poor but that it is impoverished by many factors of which it makes an appropriate analysis. Using economic, political, socio-cultural and religious theories, he proposes an ethic of life and management of the "respublica", as a solution to the crisis. Mr. Owono was admited to the doctoral school of Intercultural Meetings (IPP), that enabled him to write his thesis in French and to widen its work to an international perception. Several scientifc journeys enabled him to carry out cultural and international experiences : In 2006, he was granted a three months research jouney in Cameroon, financed by IPP. In December 2007, he took part in a scientific journey in Israel/Palestine initiated by the University of Bayreuth. In 2008, he was as well granted six months abraod studies by the Catholic Foundation Missio (Aachen, Germany) at Universite de la Misericorde de Fribourg (Switzerland).
Later, in 2012, in the framework of the postdoctoral research at the University of Bamberg, Mr. Owono beneficiated from a six months research scholarship in Cameroon, financed by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Germany). His research topic concerns the rise and the spread of radical Islam in Central Africa with a focus on the future of interreligious relations, emergence of a system of interreligious dialogue, and a system of prevention and conflict resolution. The results of this research were published under the title "Terrorism or paraterrorism in Central Africa: the case of Boko Haram in Cameroon" (Connaissances et Savoirs 2017).

Jacques Owono is also a Certified project management expert (Level D / IPMA), including a practical project work at the German Society for Project Management eV (GPM Berlin) on "Development and planning of a roll-out of the newly created manual to master the refugee situation" in the municipalities within Germany.

Claudia Koehler (M.A.)


Executive Director

She studied Sociology (Diploma) with the main emphasis on sociology of migration and inter-ethnic relations, demography, early childhood and family education, and sociology of the life-course at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg where she was awarded her Diploma (M.A.) in 2008.

Prior to that, she attained a professional degree as “Foreign language correspondent” at Euro Sprachschule, Bamberg. In 2000 she started working at the european forum for migration studies (efms), Institute at the University of Bamberg, where she has been in the position of a researcher since 2008.

At the efms she has conducted several quantitative and qualitative research projects and evaluation studies in the fields of social cohesion, with particular reference to migrants and ethnical and religiously diverse societies, network relations, education and integration policies and policy implementation.

She is a Steering Committee Member of the SIRIUS Network (European Policy Network on the education of children and youth people with a migrant background) and co-director of the Zimbabwe based NGO Nhindiwa OVCs e.V.

Somnoma Valerie Ouedraogo (PhD)

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Deputy Director of Africa Coordination Unit

Valerie studied English at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) where she obtained her Diploma of General Academic English Studies (DEUG II- Anglais). She worked in Ouagadougou from November 1999 to August 2004 as a member of the committee for the Canadian project about theater pedagogy "Contes pour l'an 2000".

Form September 2004 to September 2005, Valerie applied for a German language course at the Technical University of Freiberg (Germany) and obtained her language skills certificate(DSH). She studied Social Work from September 2005 to August 2008 at the University of Applied Sciences in Mittweida (Hochschule Mittweida – Germany) and obtained her diploma as Social Worker in August 2008. Since October 2008, she registered as a PhD-candidate at the University of Kassel in the department of Human Sciences and assists her supervisor in teaching courses for Bachelor and Master Students about qualitative research methods such as ethnography, participant observation, and social spaces theories. Valerie also took courses at the University of Kassel on Migration and Social Work in the project "Students for Students" during the summer semester 2009. From October 2012 she has been working on the publication for her PhD. Her main topics are Migration, Integration, Ethnography, and Voluntaries' Abroad.

Her PhD research project was on inner West-African migration processes. Specifically, it focuses on remigration processes of Burkinabè working migrants who moved from Côte d'Ivoire as their hosting country to Burkina Faso as their country of origin in the movement of expulsion from Côte d'Ivoire because of civil war in 2002.

Kofi Glover (MPhil)

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Deputy Director of Research

He studied Sociology at the University of Ghana, Legon and also acquired certificates from Management Sciences for Health (USA) and in Population Research at the Institute of Population Studies, University of Exeter (UK).

He has worked in various research, teaching and management posts in the field of operations research and management of community health programmes especially in the area of sexual and reproductive health.

He has since 2003 worked at the Medical School of the University for Development Studies in Ghana (Community Medicine). Prior to becoming a Lecturer, he worked for many years (1990-2003) in the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (Affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) where he occupied various management positions respectively: The manager of the nation-wide Research and Evaluation programme; Family Life Education programme (UNICEF funded); Community-Based Sexual/Reproductive Health Programme (USAID funded); Sexual Health Project with Faith-based Organizations in Ghana (UNFPA funded) and the pioneer Zonal Manager for Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (responsible for the three northern Regions of Ghana).

His research interests include human sexuality and reproductive health,rural development,Project Design and Development, Project Monitoring and Evaluation.He is currently a final year doctoral student at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Advisory board

Baringhorst photo  Professor Dr. Sigrid Baringhorst
 Political Science, University of Siegen

Macamo photo  Professor Dr. Elisio Macamo
 African Studies, University of Basel



Croll photo  Peter Croll (M.A.), former Director/CEO
 Bonn International Center for Conversion

ibriszimow  Prof. Dr. Dymitr Ibriszimow,
 Dean of the Bayreuth International Graduate School
 of African Studies (BIGSAS)




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