Head of Programs, North and Central Africa
Phone: +32 9 398 8874
Zukane Retruyap is a youth policy and international development expert by profession, with an accumulated 14 years of experience. Mr. Retruyap drives DevGRAD agenda by developing and strengthening the relationship with local organizations, networks and establishes national and regional strategic relations and alliances with partners and civil society working in common cause with DevGRAD objectives. He is also charged with identification of the needs of the local partners across North Africa and Central Africa in collaboration with members on DevGRAD network and country experts. He supports the country head in project development and dissemination of relevant information and funding opportunity to the local organization and partners and provides technical support necessary for the benefit of the local partners in line with DevGRAD mission and Vision.
He is the founder and president of a youth led-organization dubbed ICAD, whose mandate is bridging gaps. Mbuih participated as an emerging leader in the 2015 edition of the Atlantic Dialogues, where he gained and developed leadership and research skills, which culminated with an award as a UNESCO-Mars emerging researcher in Geneva, Switzerland that same year. He was later selected to take part in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) leadership training, a flagship program of the US State Department to train young emerging African leaders. After the YALI program, Mbuih received the prestigious Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship program in 2017 amidst thousands of applicant. He also served as the pioneer focal person of the Dschang University foundation of the University of Dschang for one year and had a lectureship position on youth policy, socio-cultural activities and youth leadership since 2009.
Mbuih is a co-founder of the African Network of Youth Policy Experts (AfriNYPE), which is a pan-African think tank on youth policies. Under the canopy of AfrNYPE, he is currently the lead officer of a project to create a youth policy labs on youth policy analysis in 54 African countries and another project on deterring illegal migration from Africa to Europe and the US. Mbuih received extensive training over the years in the four corners of the world, which he successfully replicated in 21 localities in Cameroon via more than 16 projects, thereby creating a direct and indirect impact on the lives of more than 7000 persons. His recent project includes waste for development project funded under the AU–EU partnership.
He obtained an Advanced Masters in Globalization and International Economic Development from the Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp, Belgium. Mr. Mbuih has five scientific publications to his credit in renowned journals like the Commonwealth Journal and the African Educational Research Journal. He speaks English and French