Amina Gerba, Senator and former CEO OF AFRICA EXPANSION INC.
The eighteenth of a sibling group of 19 children, Amina Gerba was born in the city of Bafia in Cameroon in 1961. The only girl in her family to have had the chance to attend school, she stopped her studies before the end of high school (Lycée in Cameroon) following the birth of her first son.
She resumed her studies abroad, as her husband, Malam Gerba, had succeeded in the challenging competition for scholarships from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Amina then left her job as an office agent at the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV – Radio), where she met her husband, to settle with him in Canada in 1986.
Following her college studies, she pursued higher education at the School of Management Sciences of the Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM), where she earned, in 1992, a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management (Marketing) and, in 1993, a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
Alongside her studies, Mrs. Gerba balanced the upbringing of her now family of 4 children and 2 grandchildren. The desire to return to Africa then transformed for her and her husband into another choice, that of staying in Canada to offer better opportunities for the children.
From 1993 to 1995, Mrs. Gerba worked for several Canadian companies and performed a challenging role, that of developing markets in Africa. In the execution of her mandates, she noticed that Canadian companies had a deficit in understanding the African market. In October 1995, she then decided to create her own consulting company, AFRICA EXPANSION INC (www.aexpansion.com).
The mission of the company is to build bridges between Africa and Canada, to promote business opportunities that the continent offers to North American investors and entrepreneurs. Concurrently, she introduces the expertise and know-how of North American companies to potential African partners.