Eric Chinje

Summit: 
Youth-Employment-Africa
Summit: 
Participative-Journalism

Eric Chinje is currently a Visiting Scholar at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and an Adviser to the governments of Liberia and South Sudan on their strategic, development and international communications. He is a Senior Advisor at the Washington-based International Communications and Trade-relations firm, KRL International and came to KRL after a stint as Director of Strategic Communications at the London-based Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Prior to that he led the Global Media Development Program at the World Bank Institute (WBI) and, in that capacity, launched the IMAGE (Independent Media for Accountability, Governance and Empowerment) e-learning program and network to build media capacity to report on and analyze global development issues. Mr. Chinje moved to the WBI from his position as External Affairs and Communications Manager in the World Bank’s Africa Region and the institution's spokesperson on Africa. He initiated and ran a series of workshops on Economics and Business Reporting, Investigative Journalism, Budget Coverage, and Reporting on Agriculture, involving over 2000 journalists in Africa and Asia. He spent four years at the African Development Bank in Tunis as head of that institution’s External Affairs and Communications Unit.

Mr. Chinje is a founding Board member of "Africa Check", a nonprofit and non-partisan organization established to improve fact-checking and news gathering in Africa. Until recently, he was on the Board of the African Media Initiative (AMI) which he was instrumental in establishing as Chair of the Steering Committee, and is a founding Co-Convenor of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF). He has served as Vice President of the African Advisory Board of the National Museum of African Art of the prestigious Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, a Senior Adviser at Tutu-Desk UK - a program to bring affordable school desks to children in rural Africa, a member of the Benefits Committee of the New York-based Africa America Institute (AAI), a Board member of the London-based Make Every Woman Count (MEWC), a Board member of Africa Unbound, and chair of the US arm of the Zambia Orphans Aid (ZOA) organization. Mr Chinje is Honorary Chair of the ARK Jammers Connection Inc and co-conceptor of the Ancestry Reconnection Programme (ARP) - a programme connecting DNA-certified Africans of the historical Diaspora (American, Brailians, etc.) to Africa.
He has launched a number of very successful social enterprises, including: Santa MC2, an award-winning microfinance institution in Cameroon; Santa Futures Incorporated, a Diaspora-funded investment initiative, and the "Bubinga Process" - an effort to strengthen micro enterprise in Cameroon with fresh capital and modern business skills. He served as Vice Chair of the World Bank/IMF Africa Club from 1996 – 2002 and organized the Bank's first Africa Business Forum in 1998, the largest gathering of African businessmen and women ever held in the United States.

Mr. Chinje studied in the universities of Yaounde (Cameroon), Syracuse (New York) and Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and lectured in the Yaounde University School of Mass Communication in Cameroon. He is fluent in both English and French. He was the first head of News and Programs and Editor-in-Chief of Cameroon Television and, at various times from 1984 - 1991, a contributing correspondent for CNN World Report, and a stringer for the BBC World Service, Voice of America, and Deutschewelle Radio. Mr. Chinje is an Officer of the Cameroon Order of Merit and an Officer of the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau. He has written and lectured extensively on Communication and Development in Africa.