Ambassador Joseph Charles Bienvenu Foe-Atangana

Republic of Cameroon Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Joseph Charles Bienvenu Foe-Atangana is a senior career diplomat with rank of Minister Plenipotentiary. He was born on January 6, 1952 in Edea, Cameroon, where his parents lived and worked at the time, though originally from Yaoundé in the then Centre-South Province of Cameroon.

He attended primary school at Saint Joseph School, Mvolye from1958-1964; secondary school at the Saint Paul Junior Seminary in Mbalmayo, and completed at Saint Theresa Seminary in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

On obtaining his Baccalaureat certificate (equivalent to the GCE “A” Level) in 1972, he proceeded to the University of Yaoundé where he graduated three years later with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History-English and a post-graduate diploma in 1976. Foe-Atangana Bienvenu J.C. pursued his post-graduate education at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) where he graduated in 1978 with a Doctorat de 3eme Cycle. He was initially recruited by the Ministry of Foreign affairs as a contract worker in 1976, but on graduation from IRIC he was absorbed into the Cameroon Civil Service as a career diplomat.

Joseph Charles Bienvenu Foe-Atangana served at the Cameroon Embassy in Kinshasa, Zaire, from 1981 to 1986 as Second Secretary, First Secretary, and Second Counselor, successively. In 1997, he was appointed Director in charge of Protocol at the Douala Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Six years later, he was appointed Consul of Cameroon in Calabar, Nigeria with jurisdiction over some 10 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He was appointed Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cameroon to the United States of America by the Cameroonian Head of State, His Excellency President Paul Biya, on March 11. 2008.

Ambassador Foe-Atangana is a practicing Roman Catholic Christian. He has attended numerous seminars and international conferences. He is the holder of several awards and decorations, both national and international; notably, Knight of the Cameroon Order of Merit; Member of the Niger Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Knight of the Cross of King Leopold (Belgium); Officer of the National Order of Merit (France).

Ambassador Foe-Atangana is married and has eight children. His hobbies include reading, travelling, and sports.