Principals, Key Management and Advisory Board
Samuel C. Nana-Sinkam PhD — President & CEO
Mr. Nana-Sinkam has more than 35 years of international experience. Prior to forming MAECI, Mr. Nana-Sinkam was appointed by the Secretary General of the UN, Koffi Anan, as his Special Representative in Guinea Bissau. He also serves as Director of the Joint FAO/ECA Department in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Member of the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome; and as FAO’s Country Director in many African countries. Mr. Nana-Sinkam was also appointed as Minister of Economic and Finance in Cameroon, and serve as Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) representing more than 27 African countries. Mr. Nana-Sinkam was a professor at the University of Dauphine, Paris, France, and also a Senior Risk Analyst and Advisor with Chase Manhattan Bank New York, USA. Mr. Nana-Sinkam has extensive background in finance, acquisition, and disposition, which gives him a global understanding of the company’s goals and objectives. Mr. Nana-Sinkam holds a PhD in Economics – Development Theory and Practice, from the University of Poitiers, France; a Master Degree in Statistics and Econometrics (INSEE, Paris France); a Masters Degree in Economics & Finance and a PhD in Economics, Monetary & Finance, from George Washington University, USA.
Christopher J. Massaro — Senior Vice President
Mr. Massaro has more than 20 years of experience in investment banking, and business operations. In addition to his position with MAECI, Mr. Massaro is CEO and Principle of HR Performance Sites, and Managing Partner of The Source. Prior to forming The Source, Mr. Massaro served as President of CJM Strategies, a private middle market investment banking firm, was a Vice President with Gottesman Company, the largest middle market investment banking firm in the U.S., and spent over 15 years as an owner and Executive Vice President of Vilotti-Puratos, a $25 million food manufacturing and distribution company. He serves as Vice President of The Living Through Cancer Foundation, and serves on the executive board for the Radnor Educational Foundation. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Villanova University.
Jean ANTANGANA – Senior Economic Adviser and General Manager Africa Bureau of MAECI
Mr. Atangana, has more than 18 years of international experience before joining MAECI in Africa. He is Marine, Officer Bridge, Captain 1st Class, graduated in maritime navigation and industrial fishing. Since 2015, he has been responsible for the deployment of MAECI Solar Cameroun and the sub-region through a network of freelance and permanent consultants. Prior to joining MAECI Solar Cameroun, Mr. Atangana specialized in electrical engineering, former Boat Commander at Autonomous Port of Douala, specializing in port and offshore towing with special skills in safety, firefighting and maritime survival (certificate of competence STCW95). Political manager in Cameroon held positions of director in companies (operation, production, operation), became economic operator, Judicial expert accredited to the Court of Appeal of the Littoral in Cameroon (industrial, automobile mechanics, commissioner of damage and maritime), He has special skills in engineering, with special emphasis in renewable energy engineering, trading, management, international intermediation, electrotechnology, mechanics and industrial audit. He has contributed effectively to the implementation of several agro-industry projects on behalf of MAECI in Equatorial Guinea. It continues this action in Cameroon, Chad and the Republic of Sao Tomé & Príncipe. He speaks fluently and French and Spanish with an average English.
Dr. Enest Simo — SVP & IT Solutions Adviser
DR ERNEST SIMO’S BIO: Since the mid-80s, Dr. Ernest SIMO has conducted pioneering efforts in key technologies that are essential components of the Information Superhighway. Specifically, he worked with Hughes Network Systems to develop and implement the first Generation of Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) from 1983 to 1986. From 1986 to present he helped Motorola, Lucent, Samsung, Nokia, Bell Canada and Verizon in the development, performance evaluation and optimization of CDMA-based wireless Communications Systems. Since 1984, Dr SIMO has trained over 20,000 Telecommunications executives, managers and engineers in the United States and around the world (USA, Canada, China, Hong-Kong, India, Japan, South-Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines, Indonesia, Viet-Nam, Brazil, Peru, Ghana, Israel, Australia, Argentina, Columbia, Venezuela, Chile, England, Mexico and Ireland). He provided a series of CDMA training sessions to the team that implemented the first commercial CDMA network in the World: Hutchison Telecommunications in Hong-Kong (1994–1996). He also provided training to the Deployment and operations team of the first commercial CDMA network in the United States (Los Angeles, Orange County and Walnut-Creek-CA 1996–1998).
Currently, he is helping leading US companies develop and launch the next generation of products and services in the areas of advanced wireless communications and information management (3G, EV-DO Rev-A, VoIP and IP-Based Packet Data networks). He is the author of a series of books, videotapes and audiotapes on satellite communications, VSATs, and CDMA technologies. Some of these references can be found online using the Google search engine. Dr. SIMO was a Finalist to NASA astronauts’ selection process in 1994 and 1996. In 1994, His co-finalists included space Heroes Rick Husband and William McCool who were respectively Commander and Pilot of the Space shuttle Columbia which was tragically lost in Feb-2003.
Joseph Celestin TINDJOU— Vice President & Financial Adviser
Mr. Tindjou has more than 20 years of experience in investment and development banking, and business operations around the world including Africa, Europe and Asia. In addition to his position with MAECI, Mr. Tindjou is CEO of CCEI BANK, EG; an international Bank with offices in many African Countries, in Europe, and in Asia.. He has also established and developed many companies in Financial and Economic fields. He also served as consultant engineer for many enterprises. Mr. Tindjou also serves as member an/or adviser on the Board of many Financial and Economic Structures.
John Kirk — Senior Technical Adviser
Mr. Kirk is a Civil Engineer with more than 25 years of experience around the world (USA, Latin America, Europe and Africa) in civil engineering works. Mr. Kirk has directed industrial plants set up and operation. He also serves as adviser on the Board of many Civil Engineering Companies.
Serge Patrick Nana-Sinkam MD — FCCP — Senior Technical Adviser
Dr. Nana-Sinkam is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Ohio State University. In addition, he serves as the medical director of Lung Cancer. Dr. Nana-Sinkam received his medical training at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine followed by a residency and chief residency at the University of Michigan. He completed training in both Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado and served on faculty prior to moving to Ohio State. Dr. Nana-Sinkam serves on editorial boards for Lung Cancer Frontiers and Clinical Medicine: Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine Dr. Nana-Sinkam maintains an active lung cancer clinical program and a funded research program that focuses in the following three areas:
- elucidating the role of recently discovered microRNAs in lung tumor development and progression;
- utilizing genomic and proteomic platforms coupled with computational modeling to understand the molecular heterogeneity of lung cancer and;
- examining the role of prostaglandins on endothelial survival in tobacco related lung disease.
Alain C. Nana-Sinkam — Financial Adviser
Alain C. Nana-Sinkam has more than a decade of experience in the financial services sector with Global Fortune 500 companies. He currently is a Vice President of Business Development for Wells Fargo Financial, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Co., the 4th largest bank in the US. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Alain worked in sales and underwriting for the auto finance arm of HSBC Bank. Alain has developed, implemented and maintained financial controls and standardized policies that reduce costs and streamline financial communications (operating budgets, capital budgets, debt financing, deal structuring and risk management). Mr. Nana-Sinkam holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Delaware.