Samuel’s story is about a humble upbringing in rural Cameroon.
Today, often credited as the father of Africa’s maritime long-term geostrategic thinking, he is a distinguished leader in integrative strategic thinking. Samuel has chaired and given more than 150 international conferences on Africa’s maritime geostrategic challenges and opportunities in various high-level academic, business and military forums, including the World Maritime University, the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (a French public institution under the direct responsibility of the French Prime Minister, that aims to impart high-level expertise and raise global awareness of military and civilian national security issues), the US Naval War College, the NATO, the UN and the International Seapower Symposium, which is the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history.
He joined the African Union (AU) Commission in 2007, as a Strategic Planner within the AU’s Darfur Integrated Task Force (DITF). Realizing that maritime issues were not addressed in the quadrennial AU’s Strategic Plan, he initiated (in April 2008) and masterminded the development of the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM-Strategy), introducing the ground-breaking concept of Blue Economy.
The 2050 AIM-Strategy was formally adopted in January 2014 by the 22nd Ordinary Session of AU’s Assembly of Heads of State and Government. In the Decision adopting the 2050 AIM-Strategy, Africa’s Blue Economy is officially dubbed as the new frontier of Africa’s Renaissance.
Before joining the AU Commission, Samuel obtained experience as Strategy Lecturer at the Command and Staff College in Yaoundé (Cameroon), as well as Projects Lead in the Navy. He is currently the Coordinator of the 2050 AIM-Strategy Task Force, a multidisciplinary team of international cross-sectoral maritime experts at the AU Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Samuel graduated from the Yaoundé University (Cameroon), the French Naval Academy (Brest, France), Surface Warfare Officers School (Coronado, California, USA), Command and Staff College (Yaoundé, Cameroon), and currently finishing an Executive MBA Programme at Hult International Business School.