CEO and President of the Whitaker Group
Rosa Whitaker is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on African trade, investment and business. Named in 2010 as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s top global thinkers, Ms Whitaker served as the first-ever Assistant United State Trade Representative for Africa under the administrations of President Clinton and President George W Bush. Rosa Whitaker is one of the hands-on architects of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), America’s first comprehensive trade law with African countries. Ms. Whitaker also served as a career US diplomat specializing in African economic matters. Ms. Whitaker is regularly featured in the press on Africa trade issues and has lectured at the National Defense University, MIT and Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Whitaker holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu
Professor of Practise, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria
Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Dr. Moghalu is the President and Founder of Sogato Strategies, an emerging markets strategy and risk advisory firm, a Partner in the U.S. law firm Cooke Robotham LLP. During his five-year term at the central bank from 2009 to 2014, Dr. Moghalu led the implementation of far-reaching reforms to Nigeria’s banking sector after the global financial crisis as Deputy Governor for Financial Stability. He is the author of four books including the acclaimed “Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter” (Penguin Books, 2014) and a forthcoming book on global banking reform. His prior experience also includes prominent positions in the United Nations and the private sector. Dr. Moghalu is a graduate of The Fletcher School (F’92) and received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Moghalu is currently a professor of practise at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
David Moinina Sengeh
Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneur
David Moinina Sengeh, born and raised in Sierra Leone, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab. His research in the Biomechatronics Group focuses on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work is at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing.
David is on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology for 2013, a 2014 TED Fellow, on the Wired Smart List 2013, winner of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize, and other awards. He he has been invited to give many talks at institutions like the United Nations, corporate and academic organizations on topics related to education, youth innovation, prosthetics design and more. He is the President and co-founder of the international NGO Global Minimum Inc. (GMin). David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard College. @dsengeh
Former Chief Operating Office of the Rwanda Development Board
Ms. Clare Akamanzi is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The RDB is a government institution whose vision is to transform Rwanda into a dynamic global hub for business, investment, and innovation. Prior to RDB, Akamanzi was Deputy Director-General of the Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA), a position she held from 2006-2008. She was also Rwanda’s commercial diplomat in London and a trade negotiator in Geneva for the Government of Rwanda at the World Trade Organization. Akamanzi is an international trade and investment lawyer. She attained her law degree in Uganda, and a Master’s in International Trade and Investment Policy in South Africa and the Netherlands.
Clare is a Forbes Top 20 Women in Economic Development in Africa, and a Young Global Leader at The World Economic Forum. Clare is also currently pursuing her Graduate Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. @cakamanzi
Darren Kew, Illicit Trade Panelist
Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at UMass Boston
Associate Professor Kew studies the connection between democratic institution building in Africa and the development of political cultures that support democracy, particularly in terms of the role of civil society groups in this development. Kew has worked with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action to provide analysis and blueprints for preventing conflicts in several areas around the world, including Nigeria, Central Africa, and Kosovo. He has also been a consultant to the United Nations, USAID, the US State Department, and to a number of NGOs, including the Carter Center in a 1999 effort by former President Carter to mediate the Niger Delta conflicts. His work on how conflict resolution methods promote democratization of national political cultures is one of the first of its kind linking these important fields. His research interests include civil society, conflict prevention, transnational civil society development, religion, ethnicity, and conflict resolution. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Democracy, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society in Nigeria (Syracuse University Press). He completed his M.A.L.D and Ph.D at the Fletcher School. @DarrenKew
J.R Mailey, Illicit Trade Panelist
Senior Policy Analyst for Natural Resources and Conflict, The Enough Project
J.R. Mailey is a Senior Policy Analyst for Natural Resources & Conflict at the Enough Project. Prior to joining Enough, J.R. was a Research Associate at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, where he specialized in natural resources, corruption and security in Africa. While at the Africa Center, he authored the ACSS Special Report, “The Anatomy of the Resource Curse: Predatory Investment in Africa’s Extractive Industries.” He also previously worked as a researcher for the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission, where he was co-author of “The 88 Queensway Group: A Case Study in Chinese Investors’ Operations in Angola and Beyond.” @MaileyJR
Adam Welti, Illicit Trade Panelist
Africa Natural Resource Management Specialist, U.S. Forest Service International Programs
Adam Welti has worked with the Africa and Middle East Program at the US Forest Service’s International Programs since 2011. His work has largely focused on projects in West and North Africa including in Liberia, Guinea, Morocco, and Ghana where he manages projects related to environmental and natural resource governance, climate change, rangeland management, agroforestry, and sustainable livelihood activities. Adam works with a wide array of governmental and non governmental partners on improving natural resource management and governance. From working with environment ministers on issues of wildlife trafficking, to US government counterparts on improving environmental support to partner governments, and communities and NGO partners on sustainable livelihood activities, his work at the US Forest Service includes both policy and technical level engagement to ensure more sustainable management of some of the Earth’s most precious natural resources.
Prior to joining the US Forest Service, Adam worked with the Rainforest Alliance in their chain of custody forest certification program. Adam served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tiguert, Morocco in the High Atlas Mountains. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resource Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with an emphasis on international environment and resource policy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He speaks French and limited Moroccan Berber. @ajtreehugger
Greg Coleman, Illicit Trade Panelist
Former Commissioner of Operations, Liberia National Police
Gregory O. Coleman is a Liberian native, a survivor of the fifteen-year civil war and the serving Commissioner for Operations with the Liberian National Police. His service cuts across the security sector, extending to child welfare and self-sponsored projects in highly impoverished communities.
Michael Goltzman, Cross-Sector Partnerships for Development Panelist
Vice President, International Government Relations & Public Affairs, The Coca‑Cola Company
Michael Goltzman joined The Coca‑Cola Company in September 1997 and spent more than 10 years working on international public policy and trade issues primarily in the Company’s Washington, DC office. He also worked in Hong Kong for the Company’s Asia Public Affairs Department. From mid-2009 until mid-2012, he served as the Director of Public Affairs & Communications for the Middle East & North Africa Business Unit, responsible for 33 countries, including in the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2012, he was named Vice President of International Government Relations & Public Affairs.
Before joining the Company, he worked in France with US Ambassador Pamela Harriman. Prior to moving to Paris, he received a Master Degree in Political Science at the Université de Bordeaux’s Institute for Political Studies. He also holds a M.A. in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of International Law & Diplomacy. He did his undergraduate work at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. A French speaker, he and his wife, Chloé, have three children. @mgol1068
Bradley Googins, Ph.D., Cross-Sector Partnerships for Development Panelist
Visiting Professor, Catholic University of Milan
Senior Fellow, E4Impact Africa
Senior Fellow, Lewis Institute on Social Innovation Babson College
Bradley K. Googins was a Professor in Organizational Studies (Ret) at the Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. From 1997-2009 he was also the Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, a research and education center with over 300 leading corporations as members that served as a leading voice in the U.S. on the role of business in society. He was the founder of the Global Education and Research Network, a group of 12 of the leading CSR institutions across the globe from Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Prior to Boston College Dr. Googins was a professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston University where he founded the Center for Work & Family at Boston University that he moved to Boston College in 1997. He was selected and served as a National Kellogg Leadership Fellow from 1989- 1992.
Currently, he is a Visiting Professor of Strategy at the Catholic University of Milan and a Senior Fellow at the Lewis Institute on Social Innovation Babson College. His primary focus is on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is a Senior Fellow for E4Impact Africa, an initiative creating the next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa and building the capacity of African Universities in entrepreneurship
He has authored dozens of books, monographs, and articles on corporate issues, most recently Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship, published by Palgrave in December 2007. He has served as principal investigator for many research grants on corporate citizenship, including The Role of Corporations in Community and Economic Development, (Ford Foundation) and The State of Corporate Citizenship: A Global Survey, (Hitachi Foundation). He sits on the review board of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and several advisory boards, including The Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility Center at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Brazilian research and education center Uni-Ethos, Vincular at the Pontifical University in Valparaiso Chile, and the Center for Corporate Citizenship in Berlin Germany. He also has served as a visiting scholar for the U.S. State Department in India and Argentina as well as a visiting fellow at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila. He lectures widely on issues of corporate citizenship and the role of business in society across the globe.
He is currently conducting research in the areas of corporate social innovation, and entrepreneurship in developing economies
Dr. Googins holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from The Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University; a M.S.W. and a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Boston College.
Kevin Wilkins, Cross-Sector Partnerships for Development Panelist
Strategy Advisor for Public and Private Sector Partnerships, Agribusiness, Program Design and Delivery
Kevin is a Marine veteran, former presidential appointee, and returned Peace Corps volunteer with over 13 years of public, private, and nonprofit strategy, business development, marketing, communications, program design and delivery experience.
Proficient in Fulani and French, Kevin has managed private sector and donor-funded programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, led teams, crafted and directly overseen annual budgets in excess of $15MM.
Practice areas include: agricultural value chain development, market analyses and linkages, ethical sourcing, food security, financial inclusion, education, gender equality, youth, capacity building, and community livelihoods. A sampling of Wilkins’ clients to date include: ACDI/VOCA, Agrivi, Azmera Market, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Garmin International, Jacobs Foundation, Partners for Development (PfD), Symrise, Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), and Zico Beverages.
He has lived and worked in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, and Tanzania, and has program design and delivery experience in Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, and Mali.
Independently, Kevin co-chairs the Society for International Development’s Private Sector Development Workgroup, is a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is affiliated with several international development and military veterans associations. @kevinerwilkins
Michael Granger, Finance Panelist
Chairman and co-Founder/co-Founder and General Partner, Africa Global Sourcing LLC/Ark Direct Capital Fund LP
Mr. Michael Granger serves as Treasurer of the Foundation for a World in Transition.
He is also is co-Chief Executive Officer of the Co-Development & Investment Consortium. He is Chairman and co-founder of Africa Global Sourcing, LLC, co-founder and general partner of Ark Direct Capital Fund, LP, and co- founder and co-managing partner of Ark Private Equity Partners, LLC., a Chicago-based private equity firm with a national investment scope in middle market companies. He is Chairman of the Capital Access Forum, an annual forum designed to facilitate and increase access to capital for emerging entrepreneurs and minority businesses. Michael Granger also served on a White House Panel of Business Leaders convened by the President’s Chief Economic Advisors.
Michael Granger is currently engaged in bringing a new wave of American industries to Africa for investments in and financing of private sector development projects to support the growth of Africa’s small and medium- size enterprises and address the needs of underserved markets. Michael Granger has been instrumental in ‘Power Africa’, a $7 Billion U.S. Government’s initiative announced by President Obama, of whom he is amongst the earliest supporters, over his latest trip to Africa to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Michael Granger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years during the Vietnam era.
Miguel Granier, Finance Panelist
Founder/Director, Invested Development
Miguel Granier is the Founder/Managing Director of Invested Development (ID), a Boston-based impact investment management firm. Before founding ID, Miguel, was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures and founder of MCAP Consulting. He began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York and has also worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China. Miguel holds a Master’s of City and Regional Planning for the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of English Literature from Texas State University. @mdgranier
David is an African economist who consults, writes and teaches about African economic development, governance, and policy. He is immediate past position is as Founding Director of the Africapitalism Institute, a pan-African think tank based in Lagos, Nigeria, which he ran through the end of 2015. The Institute, supported by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, conducts rigorous, applied research on the critical role the private sector must play in driving broader economic growth and social development across the continent.
David is on leave from his role as a professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs where he was teaching graduate-level courses and conducting research on the impact of private capital investment on economic and social development in frontier markets. During the summer of 2013, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Nairobi teaching development economics and running a seminar and workshop series on entrepreneurship and business start-ups.
Rice’s academic work involved him conducting a six-month research project during which he travelled overland through eight countries in Southern and Eastern Africa in 2012. Although his geographic focus is Africa, his work has led him to spend significant amounts of time in many other regions of the world including India, Latin America, the Middle East, Western Europe and throughout North America.
Rice was the Africa Advisor to the Milken Institute – a nonprofit, nonpartisan global financial innovation think tank. Prior to this, he founded and ran Strategic Policy Concepts whose clients included US and African government agencies, think tanks, NGOs and private companies. Rice also co-founded the Micro-Equity Development Fund, which provides small amounts of equity capital to SMEs in emerging markets. He has also served as a consultant to the Global Leadership Institute, and is on the board of a charitable organization based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo called Women United for the Advancement of African Countries. Additionally, he has been a contributing writer for Fortune Magazine and Ventures Africa on issues related to business and investment in Africa.
Previously, Rice served as executive director of NYU’s Development Research Institute, where he worked alongside global development economist William Easterly. He has also worked for the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and Global Insight in London and Boston.
Rice obtained his Master’s Degree in International Development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Graduate-Level Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He served as a Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Course at the Snelling Center for Government at the University of Vermont, and as an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
William F.S. Miles, Social and Political Inclusion Panelist
Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University
William F.S. Miles is a Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University. His most recent book, Scars of Partition: Postcolonial Legacies in French and British Borderlands, explores the contemporary legacies of artificial boundaries superimposed by France and Britain that continue to divide indigenous ethnic groups into separate postcolonial states in Africa and elsewhere. He is also the author of My African Horse Problem. At Northeastern University, he teaches courses on comparative politics, the politics of developing nations, religion and politics, and music and politics. His research focuses on ethnic and religious identity, particularly in West Africa. Professor Miles served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School, and periodically consults for USAID in West Africa.
Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Noel Twagiramungu is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Currently a Research Fellow at World Peace Foundation, he previously taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and Smith College, and was a fellow scholar at Harvard University and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He earned his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Masters of Law (LLM) from Utrecht University. He has taught courses in comparative politics, African politics, international law, political economy, human rights, genocide and other forms of political violence, and comparative research methods. His research focuses on the emerging field of Human Security whose scope cuts across several contending issues in world politics: Peace and conflict, human rights and state power, economic growth and poverty, technological development and environmental degradation, globalization and transnational barriers. Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Twagiramungu worked in complex security environments for more than a decade including five years as Executive Director for a regional human rights Advocacy Program in the Great Lakes of Africa, three years as a liaison officer between UN, Government and civil society in Rwanda, and two years as coordinator for a multi-donor-funded Center for Information and Documentation on Genocide Trials.
Kamissa Camara, Social and Political Inclusion Panelist
Senior Program Officer for West & Central Africa, National Endowment for Democracy
Kamissa Camara is the Senior Program Officer for West & Central Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy where she oversees a multi-million grant portfolio to civil society organizations in the West and Central Africa sub-regions, designs country strategies, and identifies policy gaps in transitional justice, human rights, peacebuilding, democracy promotion, corruption, and civil-military relations that can potentially be addressed by local partners through NED funding.
She is the founder and co-chair of the Sahel Strategy Forum, an integrated policy forum which provides a platform to donors, program implementers, academics, civil society, and the private sector to promote democratic values, stronger accountability mechanisms, peace, security, and development throughout the Sahel.
She is an Expert BRIDGE facilitator. BRIDGE stands for “Building Democracy, Governance and Elections”. It is a comprehensive capacity building curriculum in political governance and electoral administration. She has trained over 300 electoral management officials in Senegal, Niger, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, the U.S., Mali, Burundi, Nigeria, Gabon, France, and Uganda on electoral operations and electoral management using the BRIDGE methodology.
Ms. Camara holds an M.A. in International Economics and Development from Université Pierre Mendès France (Grenoble, France) and a B.A. in Applied Foreign Languages, specializing in International Relations from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France). @kamissacamara
Ibrahim Warde, Illicit Trade Panel
Adjunct Professor of International Business
Ibrahim Warde is Adjunct Professor of International Business. He is Carnegie scholar working on informal and underground finance in the Islamic world. His books include The Price of Fear: The Truth Behind the Financial War on Terror, which has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, and Czech, and was selected by Foreign Affairs as one of the best books of the year about economic, social, and environmental issues, and Islamic Finance in the Global Economy, now in its second edition. He has previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley, at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and at other universities in the United States and abroad. He is also a writer for Le Monde diplomatique and a consultant. He holds a B.A. from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, an M.B.A. from France’s Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, and an M.A. and a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. @IbrahimWarde
Pearl T. Robinson, Ph.D., Social and Political Inclusion Panel
Associate Professor, Comparative Politics, Africa, African-American Politics, Tufts University
Pearl T. Robinson has authored more than 40 articles and book chapters on African and African American politics. She is co-author of Stabilizing Nigeria: Sanctions, Incentives, and Support for Civil Society (The Century Foundation Press) and co-editor and co-author of Transformation and Resiliency in Africa (Howard University Press). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past President of the African Studies Association, she has chaired the SSRC/ACLS Joint Committee on African Studies; served on the boards of Oxfam-America and TransAfrica; as a curriculum consultant for the PBS/BBC series The Africans: A Triple Heritage; and as an advisor for Hopes on the Horizon, a 2-hour documentary film about democratic movements in Africa during the 1990s. She is a past Director of Tufts’ International Relations Program and has taught at Makerere University in Uganda and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. In 2011 UC San Diego’s Research Center in African and African American Studies named Robinson recipient of its Teshome H. Gabriel Distinguished Africanist Award. Her current projects include an intellectual biography of 1950 Nobel Peace laureate Ralph Bunche, and Mama Kiota!, a documentary film about Islam and female empowerment in Niger. Robinson spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger providing public health education in a rural Hausa town.
Jette Steen Knudsen, Ph.D., Cross-Sector Partnerships for Development Panel
Associate Professor of International Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Jette Steen Knudsen is Associate Professor of International Business and The Shelby Cullom Davis Chair in International Business focusing on sustainability. Her research centers on the interface between government regulation and business actions. She is currently studying the ability of governments in economically advanced industrialized nations to promote social change through regulation of social practices of home country multinationals in developing countries. She is writing a book titled Visible Hands: Government Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Business (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). She has published in journals such as Business and Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Policy and Politics, Political Studies and Regulation and Governance. From 2003-2007 Knudsen headed a government-sponsored think tank, The Copenhagen Centre for CSR. She then served as project leader of a CSR task force for the CEO at Maersk, a shipping, oil and retail conglomerate. Knudsen graduated from MIT in 2001 with a PhD in Political Science.
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