Chairman, CEO and Executive Editor
Teresa H. Clarke is the Chairman, CEO and Executive Editor of Africa.com LLC. She founded the company in 2010 after resigning from her position as a managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co.
Africa.com is the fastest growing Africa-related website, with about five million page views per month from visitors in over 200 countries throughout the world. The website showcases carefully selected news, information and travel about all 54 countries, and is playing a key role in shaping how the world sees Africa.
At Goldman Sachs & Co, Ms. Clarke led mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions for Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and in Europe. She also led the Goldman Sachs Africa-Aspen Program, a leadership development project for emerging public- and private-sector African leaders. The program was developed in cooperation with the Aspen Institute.
Ms. Clarke lived in South Africa from 1995-2000 during which time she taught corporate finance in the MBA program at Wits Business School and served on the investment committee of a private equity fund that invested in the Southern Africa region.
A desire to help fill the leadership pipeline in South Africa led Ms. Clarke to found the Student Sponsorship Programme (www.sspsa.org). SSP provides academically talented but economically disadvantaged South African students with scholarships and mentors to attend private schools. SSP has provided scholarships to more than 600 South African high school students, valued at more than $10 million since its inception more than a decade ago. Over 90 percent of the programme’s graduates go on to attend university.
She serves on the boards of the Student Sponsorship Programme South Africa, Southern Africa Legal Services (Legal Resource Centre), the Tony Elumelu Foundation, the Opportunity Agenda, and is an emeriti board member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association. She has received numerous awards including one from the government of South Africa for her work with South Africa’s children. She was chosen by the International Women’s Society of Nigeria as Humanitarian of the Year.
She has been featured in film and on television including Africa Investment Horizons, and was honored on BET’s Black Girls Rock. Ms. Clarke was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business, and was recently honored with the Merrill Lynch Africa Business Leadership Award presented by Africa 2.0. Ms. Clarke is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. Clarke received a bachelor’s degree in economics, cum laude, from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Chief Financial Officer
Justina Hierta runs a tight ship after having been a financial analyst in equity research on the Banks team at Goldman Sachs during the financial crisis. A quick learner in the digital space, she keeps a sharp eye on revenues, expenses, and Africa.com’s financial systems.
Ms. Hierta has lived and worked in Rwanda, Burkina Faso and China. She holds a BA in Government from Harvard University and an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
Ope Odusan is Africa.com’s Managing Director of Internet Services. His unique combination of knowledge of the African internet market, management skills, professional experience and African domain name industry connections make him the ideal person to drive this division of Africa.com.
Mr. Odusan was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA). He acquired most of his educational and professional experience in the USA after his first Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Other educational qualifications include Master Degree in Biotechnology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, Master Degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, Maryland, USA, Oracle DBA Certificate from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Mr. Odusan is a performance driven professional with over 20 years experience in the Pharmaceutical and IT Industry. His career experiences include work at Global Pharmaceutical companies like, Abbott Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Software company Accelyrs. He has extensive experience in IT Project Management, Regulatory Policy Development & ICT Program and Project Implementation, Internet and E-Commerce technology. Mr Odusan has extensive hands-on technical and management experience in Internet and communication technology software and hardware systems.
“I am excited to drive Africa.com’s mission of bringing African small businesses online. I look forward to an exciting future focused on helping African SMEs bring their products and services to the global online community. Together, we will advance African small business to improve economic development, and create jobs, for Africans across the continent.”
Director, Global Network Sales
Laura Joseph is a principle architect of Africa.com’s innovative “Safari Wizard” product. She combines her passion and knowledge of the African bush with her love of travel and indeed lives in the African bush at her lodge in Limpopo, South Africa.
Ms. Joseph spent the last 26 years in management consulting and financial services and has experience in human resource management, strategy, finance, project management, governance and leadership development.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and her further studies include coach training through Stellenbosch Business School, and Middlesex University. She is also a certified NLP practitioner and qualified project manager. The underpinnings of her coaching include Gestalt, Time to Think, Arbinger, and a philosophy that every human being is talented and has a unique contribution to make. Professional memberships include PMI and COMENSA.
Chief Technology Officer
Daniel Sodkiewicz leads Africa.com’s web development team with his strong background in computer science, engineering, and networks. His career has recently focused on high level coding and server management of web-based applications and electronic media solutions.
Using his previous experience as an owner of a web design company and his education, he is shaping the long term technology strategy and operations for Africa.com.
He began his college career at the University of Technology in Wroclaw, Poland and has studied electrical engineering at the City University of New York.
Assistant to the Chairman and Media Manager
Debra Winter joined the Africa.com team in 2012. While her primary role is to assist the Chairman Teresa Clarke, Debra also supports the executive team on a variety of projects and manages the Media Partnerships and Public Relations efforts of the company. She plays a key role in the Domain Name Services division helping to bring African businesses online.
Ms. Winter has a broad background in office management, event planning, online business development and project management. Her connection to Africa is personal with a brother in-law from Nigeria and childhood friends from South Africa.
Yolaan Begbie is a proud South African journalist and her primary role is to produce original content. Yolaan joined Africa.com after completing her MA in International Politics at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
She has worked as an on-air reporter for eNCA, South Africa’s first 24-hour news service, where she covered a range of stories including high-profile court cases, the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) peacekeeping missions in Burundi and the DRC.
Ms. Begbie holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree in Journalism from Stellenbosch University. She is a former CNN Journalism Fellow (CJF) and IACC Young Journalist.
Ngozi “N.G.” Onuoha is Publishing Editor at Africa.com. She joined the team in June 2013. She recently received her Masters Degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and also holds a B.A. in English from the City College of New York (CUNY).
Before attending Columbia, Ms. Onuoha was a contributing writer and event coordinator for a number of emerging Africa-centric organizations based in New York City. As a member of the diaspora’s creative community, she aims to continue coverage of arts, culture and development in Africa.
Video Production Director
Jaime Puerta leads the Africa.com Video Production Team. In coordination with the Content Team, Jaime manages and oversees all the aspects of video production: strategy, direction, crew selection, cinematography, editing, and video/video post-works. His first collaboration with Africa.com was the production and direction of the documentary Africa Straight Up.
Jaime has a strong background as a filmmaker and visual storyteller. He has directed several short films, TV commercials (TAG-Heuer, and specs commercials for Doritos and Apple), and music videos. His high reliability and experience has lead him to direct and produce interviews to high profile personalities such as the Honorable Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Finance Minister of Nigeria), Nobel Prize Dr. Susumu Tonegawa, Carolina Herrera, among others.
He is a graduate of the Institut del Teatre of Barcelona, Audiovisual Communication in the Universitat Oberta of Catalunya, and Film Directing at the New York Film Academy.
Director of Business Development—West Africa
Olumide Oluwole comes from J.P. Morgan where he worked for six years in business development roles. He was successful in relationship building and positioning the bank’s products to provide solutions to large corporate clients. He enjoys client interactions in which he employs a consultative approach to understand his client needs and offers solutions leveraging quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Prior to J.P. Morgan, Olumide spent time working with pharmaceutical/biotech companies Johnson & Johnson/Centocor, Abbot Laboratories, and Pfizer in sales and strategic marketing roles, as well as Florida State Board within their Domestic Equities group.
Mr. Oluwole holds a degree in Business Finance from Florida A&M University.
Advisory Board Member
Anna Getaneh is a former acclaimed international model, a humanitarian and social entrepreneur. She is also the founder and Creative Director of African Mosaique, a clothing design, manufacturing and retail company in Johannesburg, South Africa.
African Mosaique was inspired by the relatively weak presence of direct African participation in leading fashion platforms internationally. It began in New York as a non-profit and now with a commercial wing established in Johannesburg, Anna designs a core collection seasonally and represents and collaborates with established and emerging African designers. Its core philosophy is to help develop the African fashion Industry and designers, and by manufacturing within Africa help provide jobs and sustain traditions and ultimately build a Luxury African Brand.
Anna’s hallmark is her passion about children and development. She is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Ethiopian Children’s Fund, ECF, a U.S. 501c3 not-for profit social enterprise and registered NGO in Ethiopia, with development operations and investments in Ethiopia. She spearheaded the establishment of The ECF Village, an integrated development project for children and young people in Aleltu, 55km north of Addis Ababa. It comprises a school, a health clinic, a feeding centre, a vocational centre and environmental programmes for 600 poor, vulnerable children, mostly orphans.
Anna speaks English, French, and Amharic, and has a BA degree in Marketing and Business Management Studies, from the University of Maryland. She is the mother of two and currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Advisory Board Member
Professor Nick Binedell is the Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science.
He holds a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was a Boeing Scholar, an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University.
After an initial career in the mining and manufacturing sectors, including a period as a general manager, Nick has invested the last 30 years of his career in business education.
His extensive experience includes being the founding director of GIBS where he is currently dean and the Sasol Chair of Strategic Management. Nick is a board member of the International Management Board of AMBA (The Association of MBAs), which is one of the three leading global accreditation bodies. He also serves on the Academic Advisory Board for the same body. He was the founding president and a past president of the African Association of Business Schools (AABS) where he served two terms. He also served two terms as the chairman of the South African Association of Business schools (SABSA). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
His area of interest in business concerns strategic leadership. He has a deep appreciation of the challenges facing executives in complex organisations and has a high level of interest in the competitive dynamics of companies and the challenging search for excellence.
Advisory Board Member
Keith Clinkscales has developed a clear understanding of the undeniable power of culture, forged throughout his 21-year career in media. This understanding has led Keith to launch Shadow Mediaworks, a media production company focused on the beautiful dynamic of culture, its ability to move a crowd, and the art of storytelling on various platforms.
Launched in 2011, SMW is currently in production on projects within the television, documentary, digital, and editorial space covering the sports, pop culture, urban culture, music and news realms. SMW is focused on today’s evolving audience and by working collectively with other media outlets; it aims to devise compelling and tailored programming experiences that are innovative, entertaining and culturally provocative.
Keith began his career in media as the CEO of VIBE Magazine from its launch in 1993 to 1999. VIBE Magazine pioneered the birth of urban and hip-hop journalism and later led Keith to embark on a position as Chairman and CEO of Vanguarde Media, publisher of Honey, Heart & Soul, and Savoy Magazines, from 1999 to 2003.
In 2005, his work in the publishing world led him to ESPN and the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Publishing where he oversaw production for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Books. Keith was soon after named Senior Vice President of Content Development and Enterprises at ESPN in 2007 where he successfully established of the ESPN Films brand, the launch of the award-‐winning TV magazine show E:60, the Homecoming with Rick Reilly show and the adapted SportsNation show.
During this time, Keith was also awarded two Peabody awards for his production work on Black Magic and The 30 For 30 documentary series, which was also later nominated for a Sports Emmy award in 2010. He produced other award-winning projects such as Ali Rap, Kobe Doing Work, Renee, Catching Hell, A Race Story: Wendell Scott, The Tribeca Sports Film Festival, Elite 24, The ESPN Classic Network, The ESPY Awards, The X Games, ESPN Rise, and the highest rated documentary in ESPN’s history, The Fab Five.
Keith holds a MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Finance Magna Cum Laude from Florida A&M University.
Advisory Board Member
Lauren Cole brings to Africa.com a depth of knowledge around setting up and launching media-related businesses.
As president of Cole Media, her clients include cable channels, mobile content services, video-on-demand, and broadband companies, both in the U.S. and internationally. Past and present clients include TV Guide, E! Entertainment, Verizon Wireless, Network Live (AOL/XM Radio/AEG), TV One (Radio One/Comcast), Technicolor, Live Earth, Sony Pictures Entertainment, GSN, Granada America, Bennett Productions, Withoutabox, World Championship Sports Network, National Lampoon, Peoplejam, HBO Latin America, and Anthony Robbins Companies.
Prior to establishing Cole Media, she spent many years at Sony Pictures Entertainment in the International Television division where she was responsible for launching, making investments in, and supervising Sony’s cable channel investments in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. Cole also headed up operations for Columbia TriStar International Television. She was chief operating officer of PacketVideo Corporation, the first company with technology and applications to stream video over wireless devices. Under her supervision, PacketVideo established contractual relationships with over 200 global media and internet companies, including all of the major studios, and numerous major broadcasters, cable companies, and streaming media companies around the world. She also worked in Warner Bros.’ Strategic Planning Dept, and was an associate consultant at Bain and Company.
Cole graduated with honors in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and has an M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Advisory Board Member
Charles Crockett is a co-founder of the Ascend Venture Group, a venture capital firm headquartered in New York City that targets investment opportunities in the applied technology and for-profit education industries. Ascend has approximately $150 million under management. Mr. Crockett was responsible for Ascend’s investments in several datacenter infrastructure companies including Snap Appliance (sold to NASDAQ: ADPT), Netilla Networks (sold to AEP Networks) and GridApp Systems. In addition, he led investments in a variety of technology enabled services companies including SafeRent (sold to NYSE: FAF), Tripology (sold to Rand McNally) and Send Word Now.
Before co-founding Ascend, Mr. Crockett was a director with The Beacon Group, a $2 billion private equity firm where he identified, executed and monitored principal investment transactions in a variety of industries including Titan Methanol Company (sold to NASDAQ: MEOH) and Identity Group (sold to Bessemer). He also serves on the board of directors of Send Word Now, the worldwide leader in emergency notification and incident management. He started his career in the Structured Finance Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mr. Crockett was recognized as a member of the Root 100 for 2010, a group of 100 top young African-American pace setters and groundbreakers. He is a member of the Alumni Leadership Committee of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and is a Key Influencer of Interactive One. Formerly, he was a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, the New York Software Industry Association Board of Directors and the LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) Program Board of Directors.
Mr. Crockett is a recipient of the Award of Merit by Stanford Associates and a Co-Founder of the Stanford Law School Black Alumni Association. He received his JD from Stanford Law School and his BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Advisory Board Member
Chinedu Echeruo is a Nigerian-born entrepreneur. He founded HopStop.com in 2005, a website that provides free customized public transit directions, as well as other related features and information relevant to public transit. HopStop.com currently provides directions in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Delaware, London, New Jersey, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
He also founded Tripology.com and worked at JPMorgan Chase in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance Groups. He helped structure $624 million financing for Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s acquisition of Dynatech and assisted in the sale of American Home Products’ food division to Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst for $1.23 billion.
He is a partner with Constant Capital, a leading financial advisory services company and issuing house which provides top quality services to privately-held and publicly-traded companies in Africa and to domestic and international institutional investors.
Mr. Echeruo holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Syracuse University.
Advisory Board Member
Ambassador Jendayi E. Frazer serves as Carnegie Mellon University’s distinguished public service professor. She is also the director of Carnegie Mellon’s new Center for International Politics and Innovation (CIPI), where she is particularly interested in utilizing technology and applying innovative solutions to core issues of development and governance in Africa. In the fall of 2011, she will be publishing “Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa,” an edited volume that grew out of a Carnegie Mellon conference that was held in Accra, Ghana in March 2010.
Ambassador Frazer was the leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy over the last decade, most recently serving as the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs from August 2005 to January 2009. She was special assistant to the President and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from January 2001 until her swearing-in as the first woman U.S. ambassador to South Africa in June 2004.
Her current research on security focuses on strengthening civilian control of the military; mediation and conflict resolution; and establishing regional cooperative security arrangements. Ambassador Frazer is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, and she is the author of several articles, book chapters, and opinion essays. She has just been named adjunct senior fellow for Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Professor Frazer received her B.A. degree in Political Science (honors) and African and Afro-American Studies (distinction) in 1985, and M.A. degrees in International Policy Studies in 1985 and International Development Education in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Political Science, 1994 all from Stanford University.
Advisory Board Member
Vusi Khanyile is the Chairman and founding Managing Director of Thebe Investment Corporation, one of South Africa’s leading African investment management companies. Assets under management are approximately R6.5 billion, with investment activities across various sectors including oil & gas, mining, energy services, telecommunications and healthcare. Having persuaded key individuals that an investment fund should be set up to finance community projects, Vusi helped to establish Thebe Investment Corporation in 1992. He has received numerous business Leadership Awards for his role in business.
A community activist for most of his adult life, Vusi has participated in numerous development programs and community-based organizations, such as the SAFA Development Agency where he serves as a trustee.
Vusi currently serves as a Non-executive Director on the boards of numerous companies, mainly within the Thebe Investment portfolio as well as on the boards of companies outside the Thebe Group.
Advisory Board Member
Michael Macharia is a qualified Chartered Accountant and true entrepreneur who founded Seven Seas Technology Group at the age of 25 and has steered the Group as founder and CEO to what it is today through innovation, vision, commitment and passion. The result is a true Kenyan success story in Technology Entrepreneurship with SST Group receiving several accolades from major forums and vendors in its pursuit of excellence, performance and growth.
Under his leadership, the company has expanded into Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The company’s customer portfolio includes industry leaders in Telecoms, Banking and Government Institutions. SST currently boasts a workforce of over 100 permanent, highly skilled, multi-cultural employees.
He is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization, Kenya Chapter) and has attended numerous management development courses all over the world for Entrepreneurship, Human Resource development and Operations Excellence and is an Alumni of Strathmore University/IESE Business School – Barcelona, Spain for Advanced Management in 2009.
Mr Macharia continues to give back to the community through programmes such as the Knowledge for Life Initiative which not only mentors and assists students in finding positions in the workplace, but increases the quality of work skill into the industry.
He has always been passionate about technology and ways technology can be used to leverage and transform Africa in the way we work, play and govern. Mr. Macharia has medium-term plans of building an African Venture capital that will be involved in technology Start-up companies that will redefine the African Technology Market.
Advisory Board Member
Sheila’s passion has been the creation, launch and operation of new businesses in the digital media industry over the last 15+ years. She is the Founder & CEO of Mirror Digital, an interactive media and advertising company that connects Fortune 500 brands to the multicultural market in the United States. Mirror Digital’s clients include Sony Pictures, Verizon, Marriott and Macy’s among others. Sheila has executed 100+ interactive campaigns in this growing market.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Sheila was in the Strategic Planning and Development group at Time Warner working with brands including ESSENCE Communications. Sheila built her business foundation on Wall Street as a media and technology investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Company executing corporate finance and merger & acquisition transactions.
Sheila has been featured in the Financial Times and was published in the American Advertising Federation’s “Digital Resource Guide.” She serves on the National Advisory Council for A Better Chance Inc., is a Founding Member of The Council of Urban Professionals and a member of CALIBR – an Executive Leadership Council (ELC) organization.
Sheila received a B.A. from Princeton University, cum laude and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business where she was named a Bert King Scholar. She resides in Los Angeles, California and is an avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
Advisory Board Member
Stephen Newton is the CEO of E-Commerce Platforms in South Africa for Naspers, a multinational media company. He has spent close to a decade growing and leading successful and profitable on-line companies.
Mr. Newton previously served as vice president and managing director of inMobi Africa, the world’s largest mobile advertising platform. He took this position after he had led Google South Africa, where he launched local versions of Google Maps and StreetView as well as YouTube.
Mr. Newton began his career as general manager and part of the founding team of Hitwise UK. He helped the organization more than double its employees, customers and revenues, and consistently over-achieved company revenue targets in one of the group’s most profitable divisions. His efforts were pivotal in the eventual sale of Hitwise to the consumer information company, Experian.
Post-Hitwise, Mr. Newton served as the vice president of DoubleClick’s Ad Exchange covering the Europe, Middle East and African markets (EMEA). In the Google acquisition of DoubleClick, he took on the role of head of analytics & commerce EMEA, where he was responsible for the Google Analytics product (GA) and growing the third party GA proposition.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Newton received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his JD from Loyola School of Law in Los Angeles. He speaks conversational Spanish, functional French and is currently learning Portuguese.
Advisory Board Member
Imran Moinuddin brings to Africa.com a wealth of experience in both enterprise-level IT management and start-up technological build-out as the founder & CEO of NexDegree based in Karachi, Pakistan.
Prior to founding the company in 2005, he worked as a research analyst and consultant for a biometrics consulting firm in New York City where his clients included both private and government institutions such as the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Honeywell. In 2013, he also co-founded Karachi’s first technology incubator / co-working space, Dotzero, to help aspiring entrepreneurs to launch, run and succeed in their businesses.
Imran specializes in the areas of data management & analysis, systems/infrastructure performance optimization and has served clients in all major continents. Imran holds a BS degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Advisory Board Member
Foluso Phillips is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Phillips Consulting Group based in Lagos Nigeria, with offices in Abuja and representation in Johannesburg, South Africa. Phillips Consulting is a Business and Management consulting firm, dedicated to devising strategies, enhancing work processes and developing the competence of employees. The firm has been operating since 1992.
Foluso Phillips is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants of the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science and Technology degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Wale’s Institute of Science and Technology in Cardiff. His secondary school education was at Igbobi College, Nigeria.
Mr. Phillips has gathered tremendous global experience in accounting, costing, financial, information technology and operations management whilst working in the UK with The British Gas Corporation, Lucas automotive company, and Coopers & Lybrand International’s consulting practise. Whilst experience in Nigeria has been garnered with the Pfizer Group of companies, the SCOA conglomerate and Phillips Consulting to date.
Foluso is very active in the African corporate landscape, and sits on the board of several companies, charities, and NGOs across the continent. He is Chairman of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (the country’s leading private sector policy think tank and advocacy institution), Chairman of the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Interbrand West Africa (affiliated to Interbrand, the leading global branding consulting firm), Primera Africa (a stock broking and financial advisory firm) and Yellow Brick Road (an advertising and communications agency). Board responsibilities are also held for Africa.com ( Africa’s fastest growing domain name), Special Olympics of Nigeria (a US based charity dedicated to sports for the mentally challenged), Vigeo Holdings (an energy, Oil and gas service company), the Nigerian Institute of Human Virology, the Michelangelo Towers (in Sandton, J’borg, South Africa) and Flour Mills of Nigeria ltd.
He has a very special interest and keen commitment to the African Renaissance and is extremely active in supporting Pan-African initiatives in different areas of endeavour. He is also a public speaker who has been actively involved in many international seminars and conferences across Africa, Europe, and the USA. He is married with five adult children.
Advisory Board Member
Frank Webb has a proven track record for building businesses in several industries.
Within the realm of finance, he spent seventeen years on Wall Street, culminating in his role as a managing director at JP Morgan Investment Management. As the Head of Client Service, he served on the management team for Client Service, Acquisition and Marketing, which drove annual sales plans for the institutional investment business, assessed client satisfaction and designed strategies for business development and retention. Leading a team of 75 professionals, he was the architect of the firms’ worldwide client experience, spearheading initiatives ranging from product development, process re-engineering, client communications and technology enablement.
In 2004, Mr. Webb decided to pursue his creative passions and converted his life-long interest in interior design into a new business. Joining with world-renowned designer, Matthew White, he brought a modernist’s design sensibility and seasoned business acumen to the new partnership. The firm was renamed White Webb, LLC, and is now heralded as one of the country’s top design firms. Their work is regularly published in all of the national design publications, including Architectural Digest, as well as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and countless blogs in the US and abroad. In addition to their interiors work, they have developed several successful furniture lines, as well as a highly acclaimed website, on which they host their immensely popular blog, World White Webb.
Mr. Webb holds a degree in international economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, as well as a certificate in international business from Nijenrode, the Netherlands School of Business. He is involved with a number of non-profit organizations, having lent volunteer assistance to The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, The Roundabout Theatre Company, and the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance.
Africa.com’s mission is to change the way the world sees Africa and to be the online portal for the world’s engagement with Africa.
Africa.com is the fastest growing Africa-related internet site. Visitors have access to financial, political and cultural news, maps, information about world-wide events and non-profit organizations related to Africa as well as views from opinion-leaders.
What do you see when you look at our logo?
We know that our logo is a bit controversial – or confusing, like Africa itself.
We see a lion, but others see a bird, a lizard, or a condensed map of the continent. The answers are as varied as Africa itself.
Re-launched in February, 2010, Africa.com is a love story. Read more from founder Teresa Clarke’s first blog posting.