Eric Chindje (Journalist )
|Date of Birth||1955-00-00|
Pioneering journalist Eric Chindje, has had an aspirational whirlwind career and is an icon for many hopeful television personalities and newscasters in Cameroon.
Originally from Bamenda, in the English West Province of Cameroon, Chinje took part in the great adventure of the Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), the first television channel in the country, launched in 1985, and became the first broadcaster to present TV news in English.
Seven years later he joined the World Bank, where he is now Senior Communications Officer, with a strong focus in Africa, and Vice Chair of the World Bank/IMF Africa Club.
The Harvard University Fellow Syracuse University graduate obtained a degree in Modern Letters. He was Editor-in-Chief and News Anchor at the national television in Cameroon, a journalism lecturer in the School of Mass Communications (University of Cameroon), a contributing reporter to CNN World Report, and a stringer for Deutschewelle (Voice of Germany Radio), the BBC and Voice of America.
He has written, published and lectured on Media and Development in Africa. He is an Officer of the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau and of the Cameroon Order of Valour, an Honorary Member of the Memphis City Council, a former Patron of the Cameroon Friends of Nature Society, and a Board Member of the Rwanda Foundation, the Women's Economic Empowerment Network(WEEN), and the Zambia Orphans of AIDS (ZOA) committee. (source: www.worldbank.org)
Chinje is currently the Director for Strategic Communications at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a position he took up at the start of 2012. Prior to that he led the Global Media Program at the World Bank Institute (WBI) and, in that capacity, launched the IMAGE (Independent Media for Accountability, Governance and Empowerment) capacity building program and Network to create a corps of development journalists in the Bank’s client countries (see: www.image-network.org).
He moved to the WBI from his position as External Affairs and Communications Manager in the Bank’s Africa Region and the institution's spokesperson on Africa. He returned to the World Bank in 2008 after four years at the African Development Bank in Tunis where he was head of that institution’s External Affairs and Communications Unit. He is on the Board of the African Media Initiative (AMI) which he was instrumental in establishing, and is a Founding Co-Convenor of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF).
He is Vice President of the African Advisory Board of the National Museum of African Art of the prestigious Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Fluent in English and French, he serves on the board of FORCE (the Forsachi Resource Center) in Cameroon, and the “ARK Jammers Connection” – a not-for-profit musical organization in the US that engages in Acts of Random Kindness (ARK).