The Staff

A volunteer staff assists the Council of Foundation in carrying out day-to-day tasks and ensure the smooth functioning of the Foundation.


Dr.-Ing. Emmanuel MOUAFO is the Founder of the NEGROPOLIS Foundation, As a passionate and philanthropic architect and urban planner, Dr. Mouafo's main research fields focus on sustainable urban and environmental development issues in developing countries, using the "UN's Agenda 21" as guideline. His particular focus is the problems related to the rapid urbanisation occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, and their impact on human being and environment. Guided by the question: "What kind of concept can promote and facilitate a sustainable and future-oriented development in sub-Saharan Africa?" he conducted and published according research dealing with "good urban governance", sustainability-oriented planning and management tools for Cameroon and for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NEGROPOLIS Foundation



Mr. Winfried Ripp, the Executive Director of the «Citizen's Foundation of Dresden» (Bürgerstiftung Dresden) Germany, is the Administrator of the NEGROPOLIS Foundation. He manages Foundation assets and draws up the annual report as well as the annual balance sheet. In accordance with the statutes, he allocates Foundation funds based on the decisions of the NEGROPOLIS Council of Foundation.



Cécile Dufour « L'Afrique de demain à besoin de moi! De vous! De nous tous! ... Apportons notre aide, afin que les objectifs prévus par la Fondation NEGROPOLIS soient réalisés plus rapidement et que des impulsions durables soient données pour une société africaine active, dans laquelle citoyennes et citoyens travaillent en coopération sur place avec les établissements d'enseignement supérieur, pour créer des structures de développement adaptées durables. Merci pour votre engagement! »


Cécile Dufour est professeur des écoles. Elle est une passionnée de la littérature Africaine: Mongo Beti, Chinua Achebe, Ferdinand Oyono, Birago Diop, Cheik Amidou kane, Cheikh Anta Diop, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Francis Bebey, Mariama Bâ, Mia Couto, Tsitsi Dangarembga, etc. Pour ne citer que quelques grands classiques qu'héberge sa bibliothèque privée. Elle s'est engagée énergiquement pour la création de la Fondation NEGROPOLIS et travaille activement et en permanence pour son développement. Elle croit à cette Fondation et à ses objectifs. Elle accorde une importance particulière à la promotion de jeunes chercheurs africains formulée dans le Concept et Objectifs de la Fondation. Indépendamment de la belle littérature Africaine qu'elle admire tant, elle croit aux potentialités que regorge l'Afrique et espère vivement que la Fondation NEGROPOLIS apportera une contribution réelle à un développement durable que hommes, femmes et enfants de ce continent ont tant besoin. Elle vie et travaille à Lyon (France)



Rossella Cestaro "Like most other Westerners, I live the situation of poverty that suffer our brothers and sisters in sub Saharan Africa with a lot of frustrations and feeling of helplessness. In the past, I often made small donation to support the fight against HIV/AIDS and nutrition problems in Africa. Providing aid for immediate needs is well; but providing aid that enables local citizen to create for themselves sustainable developmental structures is the best. For this reason, I am now engaged in supporting the NEGROPOLIS Foundation. Please let’s support together the implementation of the goals planned by the NEGROPOLIS Foundation for Africa of tomorrow


Rossella Cestaro is an independent Businesswoman. She manages its import-retail business focus on consumption products. She knows about the situation of poverty in Africa more through its marital status than through the mass media. She is one of the key persons having worked for the creation of NEGROPOLIS Foundation and she continues working for its development. Beyond the general objectives of the Foundation, she has a particular affection for women, children and young people from the rural zones and villages of sub-Saharan Africa. Consequently she engages particularly in supporting them with the NEGROPOLIS Foundation. She lives in Berlin and works between Italy and Germany



Petra Schäfter, 1964 geboren, ist Diplom-Politologin und Juristin. Nach einigen Jahren als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in einem Forschungsprojekt an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin arbeitet sie als Lektorin mit den Schwerpunkten Sozial- und Rechtswissenschaften sowie Zeitgeschichte. Sie ist für verschiedenen Entwicklungsprojekten für Afrika engagiert.


Axel Timo Purr, geboren 1964, ist als Afrikanist (MA), Informationsarchitekt, Übersetzer und Schriftsteller tätig. Neben Feldforschungen in Ost- und Zentralafrika zu modernen Hexereibewegungen, dem informellen Sektor sowie weltwirtschaftlichen Einflüssen auf individuelle Biografien in Afrika bereitet er Informationen für internationale Websites auf und arbeitet gelegentlich journalistisch zu Afrika-relevanten Themen. Er ist oft in Afrika gewesen und hofft durch die Unterstützung der Aktivitäten der NEGROPOLIS Stiftung, ein Beitrag zu Förderung nachhaltiger Entwicklung in dieser Weltregion zu leisten. Er lebt in München.

Amrei Mueller is active for the NEGROPOLIS Foundation since the of July 2009.

"I decided to make an internship at the NEGROPOLIS Foundation because I want to be part in an organisation that really wants to make a change for people in Africa, by helping to help themselves.It is important that people over there get new perspectives such as in the "Center for Renewable Energy and Environmental Education" in Cameroon; where they get trained in mechanical skills but can also take part in art projects.

I am looking forward to my time here: There is a lot to learn and a lot to do! "













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