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BOARD MEMBERS

H.E. Paul Kagame

President of the Republic of Rwanda, Founding Board Chair
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H.E. Paul Kagame

H.E. Paul Kagame

President of the Republic of Rwanda, Founding Board Chair

H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo

President of the Republic of Ghana
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H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo

H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo

President of the Republic of Ghana

H.E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi

President of the Republic of Mozambique
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H.E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi

H.E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi

President of the Republic of Mozambique

H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara

President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
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H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara

H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara

President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

H.E. Patrice Talon

President of the Republic of Benin
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H.E. Patrice Talon

H.E. Patrice Talon

President of the Republic of Benin

H.E. George Manneh Weah

President of the Republic of Liberia
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H.E. George Manneh Weah

H.E. George Manneh Weah

President of the Republic of Liberia

Mr. Aliko Dangote

Owner, Dangote Group, Board Co- Chair

Aliko Dangote is the owner of The Dangote Group, a West African conglomerate that includes the Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Cement, and Dangote Flour. It has operations in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo. His success with The Dangote Group has warranted him the title of Africa’s wealthiest businessman.

He was named the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2014. And in 2011 he was awarded Nigeria’s second highest honor, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger by President Jonathan. In 2014 he assisted the Nigerian government in their fight against the spread of Ebola through a generous donation to support efforts.

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Mr. Aliko Dangote

Mr. Aliko Dangote

Owner, Dangote Group, Board Co- Chair

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior United Nations advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 80 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine‘s 100 most influential world leaders. Professor Sachs is the Director of the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Development after serving as the Director of The Earth Institute since 1995. He is a Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.

Professor Sachs is Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, having held a similar position under former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Kofi Annan. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project.

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Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Ms. Kerry Kennedy

President, The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights

Kerry Kennedy is a human rights activist and writer. Since 1988, she has been the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights center and was the Executive Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial until 1995. Since 1981 she has worked in over 60 countries serving as a champion for international human rights, with a focus on basic rights and justice for all, preservation of the rule of law, and women’s rights.

Through her work she regularly appears in the media and has been published in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, and The New York Times. She is the Honorary President of the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation of Europe, and is daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

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Ms. Kerry Kennedy

Ms. Kerry Kennedy

President, The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights

Mrs. Graça Machel

Chancellor, University of Cape Town

Mrs. Graça Machel is a Mozambican politician and humanitarian, most recognizable as the widow of former South African President Nelson Mandela and of Mozambican President Samor Machel. Since 1999 she has been the Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, currently serving her second term. She plays an active governance role in many organizations and has received numerous awards for her humanitarian work and international advocacy on behalf of women’s and children’s rights, such as being made a British dame in 1997.

In 2007, Mrs. Machel co-founded the formation of The Elders with Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, an initiative that works globally on issues related to sustainable development, such as peace negotiations and human rights. And since 2013 she has been a Board Chair of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health hosted by the World Health Organization.

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Mrs. Graça Machel

Mrs. Graça Machel

Chancellor, University of Cape Town

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency. Between 1996 and 1997 he was successively appointed Minister in charge of African Integration and Cooperation and Minister of Foreign Affairs. From November 1997-January 2000, he served as Prime Minister. In August 2000, he set up the Analysis Center for Public Policy. From 2000 to 2004, Dr Mayaki was a guest Professor at the University of Paris XI where he led research at the Research Center on Europe and the Contemporary World.

He has also worked as a Professor of Public Administration in Niger and Venezuela. In 2004, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Platform in support of Rural Development in West and Central Africa, the Rural Hub, based in Dakar, Senegal, from where he was recruited as Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Agency.

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Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD

H.E. Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Her Excellency Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ms. Mohammed is also the CEO and Founder of the Center for Development Policy Solutions. Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Mohammed was the Minister of the Environment in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016. Prior to that, Ms. Mohammed served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals. In 2005 she coordinated the debt relief funds ($1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria, in which she designed a Virtual Poverty Fund with innovative approaches to poverty reduction, budget coordination and monitoring.
From 2002-2005, Ms. Mohammed served as coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project. From 1991 to 2001 she served as Founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of Engineers and Quantity Surveyors, and from 1981 to 1991 she worked with the architectural engineering firm of Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn UK.
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H.E. Amina J. Mohammed

H.E. Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

Dr. Betsee Parker

Philanthropist

Dr. Betsee Parker is a philanthropist who has worked with Professor Jeffrey Sachs on a number of initiatives to scale efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in East and West Africa. She has served on the advisory board of the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign and has contributed to programs in public health, agriculture, poverty reduction and economic development across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Parker is a patron of the arts, a conservationist, a historic preservationist, and a major sponsor of youth engagement in the United States. Additionally, she is an Episcopalian priest and is a professional equestrian at the national level.

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Dr. Betsee Parker

Dr. Betsee Parker

Philanthropist

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

President, African Development Bank

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is a development economist and the current President of the African Development Bank. Before joining the Bank he served as the Nigerian Agriculture Minister from 2010 to 2015. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). And prior to this he worked as Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation for 10 years.

Dr. Adesina has written over 70 scholarly publications on policy, agricultural development and African development issues, and identifies as a practitioner with an “on-the-ground people focus” that is geared towards inclusive growth for Africa.

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Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

President, African Development Bank

Mr. Claudio Descalzi

Chief Executive Officer, ENI

Mr. Claudio Descalzi has been Eni’s Chief Executive Officer since May 2014. He is a member of the General Board and of the Advisory Board of Confindustria and Director of Fondazione Teatro alla Scala. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council for 2016/2017. Mr. Descalzi joined Eni in 1981 as Oil & Gas field petroleum engineer and then became project manager for the development of North Sea, Libya, Nigeria and Congo. In 1990 he was appointed Head of Reservoir and operating activities for Italy.

In 1994, he was appointed Managing Director of Eni’s subsidiary in Congo and in 1998 he became Vice President & Managing Director of Naoc, a subsidiary of Eni in Nigeria. From 2000 to 2001 he held the position of Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and China. From 2002 to 2005 he was Executive Vice President for Italy, Africa, Middle East, covering also the role of member of the board of several Eni subsidiaries in the area. In 2005, he was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Exploration & Production Division in Eni. From 2006 to 2014 he was President of Assomineraria and from 2008 to 2014 he was Chief Operating Officer in the Exploration & Production Division of Eni. From 2010 to 2014 he held the position of Chairman of Eni UK.

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Mr. Claudio Descalzi

Mr. Claudio Descalzi

Chief Executive Officer, ENI

Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BrightLine

Jacqueline Corbelli is the Chief Executive Officer, Founder and Chairperson of BrightLine, the leading advanced television ad solution providing dynamic and interactive ads across the connected Over-The-Top landscape, working with all of America’s leading broadcasters.

Before BrightLine, Jacqueline served as President of Aston Associates, the leading advisory firm for financial institutions and their investors. At Aston, Jacqueline restructured underperforming companies into beacons of the investment community. Jacqueline served as Chairperson of the Board of Millennium Promise, overseeing the integrated economic development work that is the signature of Jeffrey Sachs’ efforts across Sub-Saharan Africa from 2005-2015. Millennium Promise is the leading international nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the eradication of extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

Jacqueline is a Leadership Council Member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. She is also a Governor of the New York Academy of Sciences, and plays a leading role for the Vatican and is a founding member of Pope Francis' Ethics in Action Forum created under the auspices of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli

Ms. Jacqueline Corbelli

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BrightLine

Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah

President and Chairman, African Export-Import Bank

Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah assumed the position of President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) on 21 September 2015. He was previously the Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development and Corporate Banking from October 2008. Dr. Oramah joined Afreximbank as Chief Analyst in 1994 and was promoted to the position of Senior Director, Planning and Business Development in 2007. Prior to joining Afreximbank, he was an Assistant Research Manager at the Nigerian Export Import Bank from 1992.

Dr. Oramah holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics, obtained in 1987 and 1991 respectively, from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He received a B.Sc. degree, also in agricultural economics, from the University Of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1983. He has published a book, “Foundations of Structured Trade Finance”, and has written more than 35 articles on a wide range of African economic, trade and trade finance issues. He is a regular speaker in trade and trade finance conferences around the world.

Dr. Oramah serves as Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of the International Factors Group (IFG) and is on the Board of the IFG and the Editorial Boards of Trade and Forfaiting Review and the Journal of African Trade. He is also a member of the Consultative Board on World Cocoa Economy of the International Cocoa Organization.

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Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah

Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah

President and Chairman, African Export-Import Bank
 
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