From Scientist to Entrepreneur
„What is necessary to change a person is to change the awareness of himself.“ – Abraham Maslow
Akuma Saningong was born and bred in Cameroon, Africa. From a very tender age, he noticed his interest in science, which is the domain where to explore and understand how nature works. This finally made him to study chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics in high school. Thereafter, he had an urge to pursue a career in science what led him to Germany.
His undergraduate and postgraduate studies were in Biotechnology at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and Molecular Biotechnology at the Technical University Munich. He did his doctoral studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Protein Biochemistry where he focused on protein-protein interactions, chromatin biology and how the cell, the smallest unit of awareness, works.
This was a very facinating revelation to him. Neverthless, Akuma Saningong went on to pursue a career in the industry as an applied scientist by doing research and innovation projects at the interface between academia and industry. His work was to apply techniques in industrial biotechnology on managing waste streams from the agro-food sector to manufacture value-added products such as bioethanol.
Although Akuma Saningong found an enormous satisfaction in what he did, he still felt that something was missing. He had an intrinsic feeling that drove him on a quest to how he could integrate science into his daily life. He became aware that science is compatible with personal development and self-achivement.
This is why Akuma Saningong now works as a Motivational Speaker, Coach and Mentor in unleashing the unlimited reservior of talents and potential locked up within every cell of our being.
As a side remark, Akuma Saningong is also the founder and chair of the international “not-for-profit” organisation “Kamerun4AfrikaClub”. The aim of the organisation is to make education and vocational training available to children and teenagers in Cameroon and Africa through the award of yearly stipends. Education has been our shield, our sword and our olive branch.
In 2014 and 2015, Akuma Saningong recieved an award from the African Heritage Magazine to be among the 100 Most Influential Africans in Germany.