President Benjamin Ngachoko’s Biography
Benjamin Ngachoko has spent most of his career in the non-profit sector developing and managing organizations and building the capacity of civil society in the area of international justice and development. In 2001, Mr. Ngachoko founded the International Institute for Justice and Development (IIJD) in order to continue his passion for seeing poor nations around the world experience renewed stability and prosperity.
Mr. Ngachoko has been involved in the movement toward democracy and pluralism in Africa for the past two decades. Persecuted under the dictatorial regime of Mr. Paul Biya in Cameroon and forced to exile, Mr. Ngachoko left his native Cameroon in May 1993. He lived in Burkina Faso (West Africa) for four years. During that time, Mr. Ngachoko extensively traveled through the West Africa region, contributing to building the capacity of civil society organizations in Mali, Ivory Cost, Senegal, Niger, and Burkina Faso, before immigrating in the United State in May of 1997.
Mr. Ngachoko believes that poverty and underdevelopment must be addressed through a comprehensive approach combining institutional reforms, infrastructure development, and capacity building by working with local experts and community based organizations. In the past, Mr. Ngachoko has worked with the Group of Research and Education for Democracy and Social Progress (GERDES) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to provide technical support for elections and to train election monitors. Furthermore, he has provided technical support, strategic advice, and assistance to the governments of Burkina Faso and NGO’s operating in Mali, Senegal, Niger, Togo, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Benin, and Ethiopia. Before establishing the IIJD, Mr. Ngachoko worked as a policy and financial analyst for Prudential Insurance and Boston Financial Data Service. Mr. Ngachoko has also provided assistance to many asylum seekers and refugees who have made their homes in the United States.
Mr. Ngachoko concluded his education with a Master of Science in Organizational Management program at the School for International Training. He also holds law degrees from Ouagadougou University and Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Ngachoko is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the IIJD. He is married with three children and currently resides in Chestnut Hill, MA with his family.