CITP Spotlight: Armel Ndounkeu Tchouankeu – Project Manager, Yamo International Inc.


Armel Ndounkeu CITP headshot

Armel Ndounkeu CITP headshot

Earned his elite CITP®|FIBP® designation: June 2020

Armel Ndounkeu Tchouankeu’s career in international trade dates all the way back to 2001, when he began his first job with an international maritime and port services company in Cameroon. Today he is now an experienced trade professional with a career spanning almost two decades. 

Hard work overcomes every challenge

Armel has come a long way from the time he saw the first bill of lading in 2001 and  wondered what all the terms meant. It seemed impossible that he would be able to familiarize himself with all the potential issues and learn to resolve them. Looking back, Armel has experienced firsthand how hard work and perseverance can help surmount challenges, no matter how complicated they may appear. 

Today, I know that even when something sounds difficult, if you like it, and work towards it with the right attitude, you can become an expert.

Armel’s proudest professional achievement

Armel Ndounkeu working on site

Working as Cameroon Project Manager for GS Group on the SAIL (South Atlantic Inter Link) project is a tenure Armel feels extremely proud of. The project entailed establishing an underwater fiber optic connection between Forteleza in Brazil and Kribi in Cameroon. 

Market analysis is by far the key aspect of project management

Armel emphasizes the importance of analyzing the market before beginning to focus on your skills and strengths. He believes that most mistakes are an outcome of allowing your products/serviceto take precedence over conducting market research and analysis.  

The desire to learn how to systematically analyze markets prompted Armel to sign up for FITTskills coursesHe found the resources and case studies provided within each of the units informative and insightful.  

I’m now able to more carefully study a new market in Africa or elsewhere before deciding whether to enter there. Thank you FITT!

For sure my favorite FITTskills course was “Feasibility of International Trade” because it mainly deals with market analysis. A close second was Global Value Chain, which helped me to understand how to manage a supply chain using the worldwide supplying potential. 

A designation that is the most important reference for international trade worldwide

Ever since he first heard of it, it had been Armel’s professional goal to earn the CITP |FIBP designationHe knew that as a trade professional, it was crucial for him to equip himself with the most current and industry-backed credentials. He  applied for the CITP | FIBP designation, looking forward to opening up a whole new world of career opportunities.  

It was a dream of mine to earn the designation ever since I became aware of it. It is the most important reference for international trade worldwideI am so excited and proud to have earned it!

Armel is confident that the CITP designation is going to be the steppingstone for success in his future endeavors. As it officially validates his competency in international trade, he feels more comfortable to take on more challenging projects in the near future. 

We wish Armel the best of luck and success as we eagerly watch him add more laurels to his already accomplished career.  

Want to connect with Armel?

LinkedIn: Armel Ndounkeu Tchouankeu

Learn more about the CITP®|FIBP® designation


Advance your career and build your professional credibility in the field of global business by earning the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation.

Why Earn the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) Designation?

The Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation is the world’s leading professional designation for the field of international business. So whether you’re new to global trade or have over a decade of direct experience, you’ll find the CITP designation can help advance your career and build your professional credibility.

The CITP designation sets you apart in the competitive international business industry because it’s proof you possess the competencies global business experts have identified as being essential for a successful career in international trade. It also recognizes your dedication to ethical business practices and ongoing professional development—both of which are desirable traits for today’s global business practitioners.

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Author: Meghana Joshi

I am the Email Marketing Specialist for the Forum for International Trade Training. My background is in content marketing, copywriting, research and creative writing. I am passionate about my craft and enjoy creating content that attracts, impacts and resonates with my audience.

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