What We Stand For

What we stand for

Enko Education acts for the African youth, the largest population of young people in the world: their talent, their ambitions, and their future.

We want to empower our learners, unlock their potential, enabling them to access the best universities in the world. In taking up this challenge, we share inspirations, dreams, laughter, and knowledge.

We want our learners to blossom.
Here and now, in their studies.
And tomorrow, in their accomplished lives.

We offer them an inclusive education, of outstanding quality, so that they can access the world’s elite universities and achieve success in extraordinary careers. We build up our students’ confidence. We give them the tools to help them become the architects of their own future, make a significant and lasting impact to the world of today and tomorrow.

The foundations for these futures are being laid today.

Enko Education is African. Our ambition is embodied by our teams and reflected in all our schools across the continent. We are committed to respecting and celebrating the diversity of our large network of African International Schools.

And we will take our mission further. We will empower more and more people across the continent, unlocking more and more potentials to change more and more destinies. As pathmakers, we will continuously discover and try. As lifelong learners, we will always aim to improve what we’ve started.

At Enko Education, we believe that learning is power, we believe in our African roots and we believe that the paths we create are endless.

Our Values

Caring

We seek to develop others and ourselves
We are positive and optimistic
We build trust through honest and open communication

Committed

We are resilient, we don’t give up
We do what we say and say what we do
We take ownership of our objectives and go the extra-mile to achieve them

Pathmakers

We dare to start and then improve
We design new solutions relevant to our unique context, without reinventing the wheel
We are humble and ambitious

Team-spirited

We practice solidarity: we go beyond our own responsibilities to support our team mates
We empower others to thrive and to grow together
We celebrate our diversity

Who We Are

Our mission: increase access to the world’s leading universities through high-quality international education

African students are increasingly eager to study in the best universities in the world :
Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Sciences Po, the University of Cape Town.
However, enrolling in those universities is an arduous challenge. Admission processes are hard to decode.
National diplomas from Sub-Saharan African countries are not always understood or recognized by such
universities, and learners do not always receive the adequate preparation for enrolling in such universities.


We designed Enko Education Schools to offer students an outstanding preparation to access top
universities around three pillars: high-quality international programmes leading to the presitgious
International Baccalaureate Programme; an outstanding learning experience; and a University Admissions
and Career Counselling Programme to assist our learners in their university application process.  

All our schools, whether in Côte d’Ivoire,
Cameroon, South Africa, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso or Mozambique share a common goal:

to provide our students with a launchpad to
the world’s best universities.

Mozambique

Enko Sekeleka International School

Vilankulo

Enko Nyamunda International School

Maputo

Enko Benga International School

Tete

Cameroon

Enko Bonanjo International School

Douala

Enko La Gaiete International School

Yaounde

Cote d’Ivoire

Enko John Wesley International School

Abidjan

Enko Riviera International School

Adidjan

South Africa

Amazing Grace Private School

Johannesburg

Senegal

Enko Dakar International School

Dakar

Enko Waca International School

Dakar

Mali

Enko Bamako International School

Bamako

Burkina Faso

Enko Ouaga International School

Ouaga

Coming Soon

This is our story

  • September 1, 2012 - September 2012

    September 1, 2012

    Eric Pignot and Cyrille Nkontchou meet in the US, where they are doing their MBA respectively in Harvard and MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • September 1, 2013 - September 2013

    September 1, 2013

    Eric Pignot and Cyrille Nkontchou decide to launch Enko Education.

  • May 1, 2014 - May 2014

    May 1, 2014

    Enko Education recruits its first Head of School, Mr Bamidele Akinbo.

  • September 1, 2014 - September 2014

    September 1, 2014

    Launch of Enko La Gaieté International School in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with 4 students.

  • June 1, 2015 - June 2015

    June 1, 2015

    Enko La Gaieté International School is the first authorized IB World School in Cameroon and Central Africa.

  • January 1, 2016 - January 2016

    January 1, 2016

    Launch of Enko Nyamunda International School in Maputo, Mozambique.

  • August 1, 2016 - August 2016

    August 1, 2016

    Enko Education raises $2,2 million with Proparco and Investisseurs & Partenaires.

  • September 1, 2016 - September 2016

    September 1, 2016

    Launch of Enko Bonanjo International School in Douala, Cameroon. Launch of Enko Riviera International School and Enko John Wesley International School in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

  • January 1, 2017 - January 2017

    January 1, 2017

    Launch of Enko Sekeleka International School in Vilankulo, Mozambique.

  • March 1, 2017 - March 2017

    March 1, 2017

    The first admission results for our first DP2 cohort come out: one of Enko La Gaieté students in the first Cameroonian in more than 15 years to be admitted to Yale College in the US. All students will be admitted in prestigious universities.

  • September 1, 2017 - September 2017

    September 1, 2017

    Launch of Enko Dakar International School in Dakar, Senegal.

  • December 1, 2017 - December 2017

    December 1, 2017

    Enko Education raises 1.5 million euros with Oikocredit to finance its development in sub-Saharan Africa

  • January 1, 2018 - January 2018

    January 1, 2018

    Launch of Enko Benga International School in Tete, Mozambique.

  • February 22, 2018 - February 2018

    February 22, 2018

    Acquisition of the West African College of the Atlantic that becomes Enko Waca International School in Dakar, Senegal.

  • - September 2018

    Launch of Enko Bamako International School in Bamako, Mali and of Enko Ouaga International School in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Board of Administrators

Cyrille Nkontchou

Founder and Chairman

Cyrille holds the position of Executive Chairman. Before EE, Cyrille founded two companies: LiquidAfrica Holdings Limited, a pan-African investment bank specialized in capital raising and trading on all African markets, and Enko Capital, a private equity fund. Cyrille was nominated in 2006 as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Cyrille is Cameroonian, holds a BA in Economics from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Eric Pignot

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Eric holds the position of Chief Operating Officer. Before EE, Eric worked at BearingPoint, a management consulting firm. As an Engagement Manager, he helped his customers to improve their performance and scale. Eric is French, holds an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he focused his MBA experience on understanding how digital technologies will transform education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Jeremy Hajdenberg

Jeremy Hajdenberg is the Deputy Director General of I&P. Specialized in microfinance, he has been helping african entrepeneurs in their management and development strategy for years. Two professional experiences doing micro-credit in associations, one in France and one in the Philippines, made him decide to pursue in this field, halfway between finance and development aid. He therefore joined I&P, an ethical impact investing group. As the Deputy Director of Investments at I&P, he is in charge of identifying, analysing and supporting investment projects in Africa.

Fadila Hamdane

Fadila Hamdane has joined the AFD Group in 2007. She was first a Project Manager in the Finance and Risks department, before joining the Group Risks department as a Credit analyst. She then joined Proparco as Chargée d’Affaires in the Manufacture and Agro-Industry sector (MAS). Fadila is a graduate from the Ecole supérieure de commercie in Paris (ESCP – EAP).

Laurent Tran Van Lieu

Laurent is a Co-Founder of Antescofo, an AI-startup dedicated to music. Prior to this, Laurent founded Studialis, a build-up project in the higher education sector, which he brought to a group of 25 colleges and over 20,000 students. He started his career as a corporate finance professional within Citigroup and, later Axa, where he also launched as an “intrapreneur” Direct Assurance, now a French insurance leader. Laurent is French and is a graduate from HEC Business School in Paris.

Meet Our Team

Cyrille Nkontchou

Camerounian

Founder and Chairman

Education: Science Pro & Harvard

Eric Pignot

French

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Education: HEC & MIT

Xavier Lamarre

French & Vietnamese

Head of Operations

Education: GEM

Nomvuyo Mzamane

South African

Director of Learning & Teaching

Fanny Moral

French

Lead of Student Recruitment & Communications

Education: Science Pro

Caroline Joyeux

French

Group Finance Manager

Education: EDHEC

Keith Allen

British

Lead of the Enko Model project

Estelle Hughes

Cameroonian

Head of Talent Development

Nathan Ilunga

Congolese

Business Development and Operation Officer

Education: University of Johannesburg

Aadil Bhyat

South African

Accountant

Education: ACCA Part 1

Kathrin Cabos

German

IT & IS Manager

Charlotte Burrier

Française

School Launcher

Lucie Peniguel

French

Financial Controller

Musa Hlabangana

Zimbabwean

Accounting intern

Ayanda Booi

South African

Recruitment Associate

Jenna Aït-Ouakli

French

Marketing Intern

Education: ESSEC