Germain N. Pichop
Germain Pichop is a Fulbright Scholar working as an economist for the Africa Regional Program of AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center, where he coordinates socio-economic research activities across 10 African countries. The center is located in Arusha, Tanzania's premier tourist destination (East Africa). It is close to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, two of Africa's highest points (standing at 19,300 ft and 15,000 ft respectively) and several national parks.
Germain N. Pichop was born in Cameroon (Africa), where he grew up and studied. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business Management from The University of Yaound (Cameroon) in 1994. That same year, he successfully passed the entrance examination to the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) where he obtained a Master's Degree in International Marketing and International Relations (1996). In 1997 he served as intern at the Cameroon National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB), where he was exposed to the complexities of the international trade of cocoa and coffee. He was awarded the Fulbright grant in 1998 to pursue a doctoral program Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University.
After graduating with his PhD in 2003, Germain Pichop worked as Research Associate at the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University, before teaching Economics as a Professor of Business/Economics at Oklahoma City Community College. Germain Pichop is also a recipient of the Leadership Recognition Award at Oklahoma State University (2000).