Mr. Joshard-Martin Mbambi-Moyale, a native of Gabon, is a freelance entrepreneur and founder and CEO of CAET, Scoops Canaan, and JM Entrepreneurship, an NGO serving as a platform for social entrepreneurs to promote education and community development. In June 2017, Mr. Mbambi-Moyale participated in the Emerging African Leaders: Entrepreneurship and Business Development program which is designed to help International Visitors understand how to successfully manage a business. Participants learned of the ideal regulatory environments to help businesses flourish, how to overcome societal barriers to business management, explored successful business models, and met with companies involved in social entrepreneurship.
While in Utah, Mr. Mbambi-Moyale met with both private business and government organizations to gain a better understanding of how entrepreneurial activities are fostered and successfully implemented. Namely, Mr. Mbambi-Moyale met with the Small Business Development Center at Weber State University which spurs business development by helping entrepreneurs develop the skills they need to succeed in the marketplace through one-on-one consultation services, training, and educational opportunities. Mr. Mbambi-Moyale also learned firsthand the business operations of the Storm Products Inc., a company that manufactures bowling balls and accessories, and gained knowledge of social entrepreneurship at Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear company which donates a portion of each sale to charitable causes with the goal to eradicate poverty and improve the human condition.
Mr. Mbambi-Moyale informs Utah Global Diplomacy he learned a great deal on his trip to the U.S., and that his visit to Utah had a postive effect on his professional development. He has been involved in a plethora of activities since returning to Gabon. For instance, he is currently using his acquired knowledge to launch a new training program at his own JM Entrepreneurship aimed at helping young people create local cooperatives. He was also inspired to form a sportive association called the Tennis Bridge Community. This association aims to promote and change attitudes toward tennis among common Gabonese people who currently view it as an elitist sport. Additionally, Mr. Mbambi-Moyale has found time to finish writing a book about entrepreneurial culture in Africa and has used his experiences in Utah to significantly enrich his ideas for this project.
Mr. Mbambi-Moyale has also kept busy in 2018. In March he the opportunity to run the first Women Seminar for Community Development (WSCD), an international conference aiming at "informing, teaching motivating, and connecting women leaders in Gabon." During the summer of 2018, Mr. Mbambi-Moyale once again traveled to the United States, this time stopping in Lincoln, Nebraska to represent Gabon in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This program provides young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at an American institution for higher education with support for professional development after returning home.
Mr. Mbambi-Moyale informs Utah Global Diplomacy that it was an honor to participate in the IVLP and that he is still enjoying the benefits of his "amazing" trip to Utah. Utah Global Diplomacy wishes him the best of luck in his entrepreneurial endeavors going forward!