David Arnaud Ngam A Kibeng

MPS Class of 2023, Global Development

Bouriez Family Fellow (2021)

Grand challenge: Youth empowerment, innovation and policy adaptation

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David Ngam is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) student in Global Development with a focus on International Economy and International Development. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon in Mathematics and Option Modeling, which involved research on probability and statistics. He received his Master's in Demography at the Demographic Training and Research Institute where he studied applied statistics in various topics such as education, public health, environment, vulnerabilities, economy, politics, and more. He has worked with both quantitative and qualitative data and approaches, and used those skills as consultant in several projects and NGOs in Cameroon and abroad. As an Official in Cameroon's Ministry of Economy and Planning since 2018, he assesses public investment projects in the sectors of agriculture, fisheries, environment, and forest.

At Cornell, David is interested in innovations in agriculture systems, social inequalities, and youth empowerment, and how we can adapt in a changing world. Given that Cameroon's demographics are very young (half of the population is less than 19 years old), his work concentrates on how questions of development must take youth engagement into account.