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 Administrative Officer
Justina Hierta manages Africa.com's core administrative and financial activities, bringing a focus on building organizational capacity and delivering results.
She has worked with a local NGO in Burkina Faso, conducted primary research in Rwanda on civil society and justice, and in China on the politics of its international trade relations.
Ms. Hierta joined Africa.com after three years at Goldman Sachs, where she worked as a banks research analyst during the financial crisis, and led a multi-divisional employee-initiated microfinance initiative.
She holds a BA in Government from Harvard University and an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.
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.
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.
Nneka Obiudu is General Manager of Africa.com's website. As GM, Nneka has overall responsibility for managing and leading key functional areas: online/digital content, editorial, acquisition & engagement, web/mobile and technology.
Prior to joining Africa.com, Nneka held several leadership roles at American Express. Most recently, she was a top performing digital marketer and strategist on the Consumer Card Acquisition group at American Express. In this role, Nneka managed key digital acquisition and conversion channels with monthly unique visits of approximately 2MM. In addition, she served as the customer advocate and created optimized online and mobile acquisition experiences for prospects.
During Nneka’s tenure on the Global Customer Marketing group at American Express, she led the segmentation and targeting strategy and created several strategic marketing campaigns which drove acquisition volume, retention and profitability.
Upon graduating from college, Nneka spent the first couple of years of her career working as a financial analyst. During her time on the Global Corporate Planning group at American Express, she managed profit & loss statements ranging from $200M-$600M for five international regions (US, EMEA, Latin America, JAPA and Canada). Prior to that, Nneka worked at Liz Claiborne, where she tracked key financial metrics, revamped the retail allowance and markdown procedures, and increased financial reporting effectiveness by 20% by implementing a streamlined forecasting tool.
Ms. Obiudu holds a BS degree in Applied Economics and Management (Undergraduate Business Program) from Cornell University. She is also a Phi Theta Kappa honor recipient.
Director of Content
Khwezi Magwaza is the former editor in chief of Seventeen South Africa (the world’s leading teen media brand). She attended the Wykheham Collegiate School for Girls, thereafter attending Rhodes University in Grahamstown to study Journalism.
Her career started in fashion PR, with clients like ELLE magazine and SA Fashion Week, before working at YFM as an Events Manager, producer and DJ. Later, she worked as a senior reporter at HEAT magazine and launched South African Broadcasting Corporations’s popular entertainment show The Real Goboza.
Ms. Magwaza was recently awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship and recently completed reading for her Masters degree with the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University in the innovative digital specialization known as Studio 20.
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. However, 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.
Mr. Puerta graduated in Visual theater in the Institut del Teatre of Barcelona, Audiovisual Communication in the Universitat Oberta of Catalunya, and Film Directing at the New York Film Academy.
Yolaan Begbie is a proud South African journalist. She is part of the Africa.com Content Team, where her primary role is to produce original content.
Ms. Begbie 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.
Director, Southern Africa Region
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.
Ngozi “N.G.” Onuoha is an editorial fellow at Africa.com. She joined the team in June 2013.
Onuoha recently received her Masters Degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She also holds a B.A. in English from the City College of New York (CUNY).
Before attending Columbia, Onuoha worked as 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 continue coverage of arts, culture and development in Africa.
Farai Gundan manages Africa.com's direct sales activities, bringing a focus on monetizing the site's capacity and delivering results.
Farai writes about African women, entrepreneurs and Africa's rising stars for Forbes.com
and is a co-founder of FaraiMedia.com
, an online and mobile advertising platform which focuses on Africa.
She holds a BA in International Relations and Sociology from Beloit College and an M.B.A with a concentration in Marketing & Finance from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.
Advisory Board Member
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.
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Professor Nick Binedell
is the founding director and Sasol chair of strategic management of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, a business school situated in Illovo, Johannesburg and established in January 2000, by the University of Pretoria. He also serves on the Association of MBAs (AMBA
) International Management Board, the international impartial authority on post-graduate business education.
After an initial career in the industry in the mining and manufacturing sectors in sales and general management in the Barlow Rand Group, Mr. Binedell has focused his career for the past 20 years in the area of business education.
His academic qualifications include a Ph.D from the University of Washington in Seattle, an MBA from the University of Cape Town, and a bachelor of commerce degree from Rhodes University.
In 1998, he was invited to establish a new business school focused on meeting the individual and corporate needs of business in South Africa.
The school has rapidly established itself as a leading business school in South Africa with a strong focus on partnering with leading South African corporates and providing a high level of local and international business education. It was recently ranked as one of the top 40 global executive education providers by the London Financial Times.
Mr. Binedell is a determined traveler and explorer. His earlier roots included extensive travel and by the time he was 10 he had lived in Zimbabwe, Germany, Yemen, Kenya, South Africa, and Britain. He has spent five years in the United States and in the past three years has traveled to Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai, Prague, Budapest, and Lagos, as well as European and American cities.
His area of expertise is in the field of business strategy formulation and his academic and consulting work, although dominantly in South Africa, includes work in the United States, Europe, and Australia.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Vusi Khanyile is chairman of Thebe Investment Corporation, one of South Africa’s leading African investment management companies. Assets under management are approximately R5.5 billion, with investment activities across various sectors including tourism, mining resources, petrochemicals, telecommunications and healthcare. Having persuaded key individuals that an investment fund should be set up to finance community projects, Mr. Khanyile helped to establish Thebe Investment Corporation in 1992. In 2011, he was honored with the "Olivers" Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the 10th Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards. The Black Economic Empowerment (BEE), an organization created by the South African government, offers this distinction to transformational leaders.
A community activist for most of his adult life, Mr. Khanyile has participated in numerous development programs and community-based organizations.
Mr. Khanyile has served as director on a number of listed and unlisted companies, and serves on various boards in a non-executive capacity, such as Shell SA Refinery and Vodacom SA. He is also the Independent Chairman of Santam, South African market leaders in short term insurance underwriting and Lead Independent Director of the JD Group, a leading furniture and appliance retailer.
Mr. Khanyile started his working career in the finance division of Anglo American Corporation and ran his own finance company before taking an appointment as special assistant to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Cape Town, where he became deputy registrar. He was head of finance in the African National Congress from 1990 to 1992.
He holds an Honours degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham, a Fellowship in Development Finance at Princeton University and an Honorary Doctorate from the Walter Sisulu University.
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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.
Syed Imran Moinuddin
Advisory Board Member
Syed 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.
He specializes in the areas of web and mobile products conceptualization & implementation, systems/infrastructure performance optimization and information security and has served clients in all major continents. Imran holds a BS degree in computer science from Stanford University.
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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.
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Foluso Phillips is the executive chairman of Phillips Consulting Limited (PCL), a business and management consulting firm with offices in Lagos, Johannesburg, London and Kenya. An industrial economist and chartered accountant, he has tremendous experience in finance, business administration, general management and organization development.
His work record spans automotive, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, distribution and management consulting. Mr. Phillips spent six years with the then Coopers & Lybrand in the UK (now PWC) as a management consultant, focusing on varied assignments across the African continent.
He is very committed to the African renaissance and sits on many boards as a director, trustee or shareholder of commercial organizations, NGOs and charities. He is the newly-elected chairman of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, and of the South Africa-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the advisory Board of the African Leadership Academy, as a director of the Special Olympics of Nigeria, a trustee of the AFW Foundation for Peace and Conflict resolution, a member of the African Business Roundtable, and a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.
Mr. Phillips is the publisher of the West Africa edition of the Business in Africa Magazine.
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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.
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A producer, director, and creative force behind a wide range of quality television projects, George Rivera
launched his own production company in 1991.
While a student at Harvard, the Harlem native began his television career at WGBH-TV in Boston, where he rose through the ranks to become producer and director of a wide variety of multi-camera programs. Later returning to New York, Mr. Rivera was a documentary producer at WCBS-TV before joining ABC News, for which he was often part of the first wave of journalists to critical situations of armed conflict abroad. An active member of the Directors Guild of America, Mr. Rivera has won a variety of awards for his work as both a director and producer, including five Emmys. As a consultant, Mr. Rivera helped to launch Turkey’s first privately operated television station, STAR-TV, and was a critical member of the start-up team of Satellite News Channel. He was also acting director of programming for news and public affairs at New York’s WNET.
George Rivera Productions, his creative services company now known as the Fresh Bread Group
, is based in New York’s East Harlem along with Digital Laundry, a digital archiving, asset management, production services, and studio rental company launched by Mr. Rivera in 2008. Always dedicated to training the next generation of broadcast journalists, Mr. Rivera has taught graduate level courses at Columbia School of Journalism and Long Island University, and serves on the board of the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
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. Our users will soon have the benefit of Safari Wizard, a customized and personalized search function to help them find just the right safari.
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