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Marcellin Vidjennagni ZOUNMENOU
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa
Editor, French, PCKMD- Publications & Conference Management Section
Marcellin Zounmenou is a French Editor at the Publications, Conference & Knowledge Management Division. Specialist of Social Sciences. Prior to joining ECA, he worked as Head of the French Unit at the Pan-African Parliament, and as a Lecturer for the Monash University and for the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, where he taught French language and literature. Mr. Zounmenou holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. His thesis is entitled " The political role of the indigenous knowledge system and the African Development". African Studies specialist with an Extensive teaching and research experience in African Studies and modern foreign languages, spanning over four universities in Western and Southern Africa, and France over the period of twenty years. Sound knowledge and deep interest in Africa, in issues of African Affairs, African Governance, African Democracy, African development initiatives (Lagos Plan of Action, the African Recovery Prospective Plan, NEPAD), African politics, African Nationalism Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS), Pan-Africanism, African culture, African literature and African identity. Broad Knowledge of African History, Development Studies, Gender and International Relations. Versatility, Interdisciplinarity, Innovative initiatives, professionalism and ability to introduce new ideas. Bilingual scholar, with an excellent command of English, French and a working knowledge of Spanish and high managerial, organizational, communicational and analytical skills. Extensive experience in Election Observation Mission (EOM) and Elections Monitoring. During his tenure at the Pan African Parliament, Marcellin Zounmenou organized many elections observer missions in Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Ghana, Angola to mention few. His skills and expertise in African Politics, International relations and African Development are translated through the mission he effected during seminars on Harmonization of legal systems in the Regional Economic communities through out African sub-regions and his publications. His ability to speak many languages is an asset for a contribution to the integration and development processes in Africa. His multiple talents are also an asset.
Areas of Expertise
Capacity Building And Programme Management, Communication And Mass Media, Communications, Conceptualizing And Designing Communications Strategies, Conference Management, Conference Services, Conferences, Cultural Development, Decolonization, Trusteeship And Apartheid, Development, Documents, Educational Systems, Electoral Affairs, Gender, Gender Equality And The Empowerment Of Women, Governance, Governance & Public Policy, International Relations, Language Interpreter, Language Translator, Languages, Languages And Literature, Translator/interpreter


Bachelor's degree
Multilingual Communications
Université d'Abomey Calavi / National University of Benin, Abomey-Calavi
Master's Degree
language and literature
Université d'Abomey Calavi / National University of Benin, Abomey-Calavi
Master of Philosophy
language and literature
Universite de Cocody
University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg
PhD (The political Role of the Indigenous Knowledge System and the African Renaissance)
Master's Degree
language and literature
University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg
Masters in Linguistics, Language and Literature and African Studies
Social Science
Monash University, Melbourne
Thesis Supervision


Gun (Benin)


Revisiting the African Development Initiatives: From the Lagos Plan of Action to the NEPAD: OSSREA Bulletin, Vol. III No. 2, June 2006.

OSSREA Bulletin, Vol. III No. 2, June 2006

Organisation for Social Sciences Research in Eastern Africa

• Indigenous Knowledge and Oral Traditions in Zulu and Gun in Paulin J. Hountondji. 2009. L’ancien et le nouveau : la production du savoir dans l’Afrique d’aujourd’hui. Centre Africain des Hautes Études. Porto-Novo, Bénin. PP 425-456.

Centre Africain des Hautes Études. Porto-Novo, Bénin. PP 425-456.

• The African Renaissance: Myth, Mask or Masquerade - In Culture Today (formerly: Journal of Cultural Studies) Vol.7 No. 3. First half of 2010.

Culture Today (formerly: Journal of Cultural Studies) Vol.7 No. 3. First half of 2010.