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Founder and President

Award Winning Educator , Trainer and Author

Yan-koloba is the creation of Emmanuel Ngomsi, Ph.D. An experienced educator and trainer. Dr. Ngomsi is the president of Universal Highways, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in cultural diversity training and team building facilitation.

An award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation allowed Dr. Ngomsi to research African folklores and games.

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Emmanuel Ngomsi, Ph.D., President and Senior Consultant

Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi is President of All World Languages and Cultures, Inc. a training and consulting corporation specializing in diversity education and training, intercultural communication, international relocation and language services.

Dr. Ngomsi specializes in educating organizations about world cultures, and in promoting a love of cultures, respect for diversity, and international experience. Emmanuel is an experienced educator who has taught French, Biology and Chemistry to Cameroonians, French, and American students, and served as Administrator of the International Studies with a School District. As Professor, he designed and taught courses on African cultures and education, as well as culture and diversity in the workplace. For two years he was senior culture and language coordinator for the College Semester Abroad (CSA) at the School for International Living in Bratlleboro, Vermont.

Dr. Ngomsi’s career in cultures and languages started with the U.S. Peace Corps where he spent nine years as cross-cultural instructor and Chief-language Coordinator in Africa. He has also served as presenter at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the State Department in Washington DC.

Dr. Ngomsi was honored in 1995 when he received the National Foreign Language Fellowship Award, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. This distinction allowed him to pursue his dream of researching African folkloric and games. He is the creator of YAN-KOLOBA: A Teambuilding Game Rooted in the Cultures of Africa. He is author of Cultural Detective West-Africa and Cultural Detective-Cameroon. His recently released book is titled, SHOCKING CULTURES Hilarious and Disastrous Challenges of Foreign Workers in the USA, January 2009.

Emmanuel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a master’s degree in biological sciences at the University Of Yaounde, Cameroon; an Educational Specialist Degree in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education, and a Multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Administration and Educational Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Since 2004, Dr. Ngomsi serves as faculty member at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC) at Pacific University in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches courses on valuing, managing and leveraging diversity in the workplace to Diversity Managers of various major organizations including numerous Fortune 500 companies. He is active in numerous cultural, foreign languages, educational and professional training associations, and has been a guest-speaker, lecturer, and presenter at various national and international conferences. 

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