Mr. Mbida-Essama is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Institution (NMI) and Board Member of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) and NOI Polls.
He has held senior management positions in the Private Sector in Africa from 1972 to 1979, working as Marketing Manager, Central Africa, for ESSO (now known as EXXON), Deputy Managing Director of SIPEC, the largest industrial high seas fishing company in Central Africa at the time, and then Director/Coordinator of Western Corn Mill Project, Cameroon. In 1979, Mbida-Essama joined the World Bank Group where he served in various capacities until 1988: Financial Analyst, Senior Advisor to an Executive Director at the Board level, and Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
He voluntarily left the World Bank Group in late 1988 to return to Cameroun where he started and ran a consulting firm and a fertilizer company for about eleven years. The consulting firm (CDT-Afrique) undertook major assignments for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an affiliate of the World Bank, the African Project Development Facility (APDF) and the African Management Services Company (AMSCO), two offshoots of the IFC, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the private sector. Key areas covered included project/investment preparation, implementation supervision and ex-post evaluation in most sectors, public budget and financial management, strategic planning and restructuring, private sector development, poverty reduction and governance in the areas of fight against corruption, legal and judicial reform and land management. The consulting work was done in most Sub-Saharan African countries, the Former Soviet Union countries and Europe.
In 1999, the World Bank hired Mr. Mbida-Essama to head its country office in Cambodia, East Asia. Subsequently, He became Manager of Corporate Affairs and Administration at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC from 2003 to 2009 when he retired from the World Bank.
Mr. Mbida-Essama holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School (HBS).