WASHINGTON (August 22, 2013) – Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, today announced that its board of directors has appointed four new members.
Mamadou Beye, manager, International Affairs at Chevron; Jeffrey R. Krilla, co-chair, Africa Practice, Dentons, LLP; Bobby Pittman, managing partner, Kupanda Capital; and General William “Kip” Ward, senior advisor, SENTEL Corporation, will join Africare’s board of directors, effective today. The current appointments bring the number of Africare directors up from 16 to 20 for the 2013 calendar year.
Stephen D. Cashin will continue to serve as Africare’s interim board chairman.
“We are pleased to have these four dynamic leaders join Africare’s board of directors at what is such an exciting time for the organization,” said Darius Mans, president of Africare. “Africare’s donor-base is rapidly expanding to include more individual, foundation and corporate donors. In the past year, our board has been highly engaged in helping fuel Africare’s growth by actively supporting our fundraising initiatives and by working collaboratively with Africare staff to develop new and fruitful public private partnerships. Their continued help and advice will go a long way to ensuring Africare remains at the forefront of innovative, successful, sustainable development in Africa.”
About Mamadou Beye
Mamadou Marcel Blondin Beye serves as the manager for International Affairs at Chevron, where he provides strategic guidance, advice and counsel to Chevron’s Africa Leadership team in support of new and existing business opportunities across the continent. He directs the implementation of Chevron’s Africa government affairs strategy and serves as corporate advisor on corporate responsibility issues in Africa. Mr. Beye joined Chevron in 1997 as a business analyst and has worked in various locations in Europe and Africa, and on numerous projects including the West Africa Gas Pipeline Project (WAGP) and the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project. Mr. Beye is a frequent speaker on African oil and gas and corporate responsibility issues. He has served on the boards of directors of the U.S.-Libya Business Association, the Corporate Council on Africa, and the Africa-American Institute (AAI), and is the chairman of the U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce. Educated in Canada, France and Mali, he is a graduate of HEC – Montreal, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (option finance). Born in Mali, Beye is fluent in Bambara, French, English and Portuguese.
About Jeffrey R. Krilla
Jeffrey R. Krilla is co-chair of Dentons’ Africa Committee and a member of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation practice. Mr. Krilla has extensive foreign policy experience and has spent most of his career working around the globe on trade, development and human rights. As a former senior State Department official who has led U.S. delegations on five continents, Mr. Krilla’s significant international experience offers clients practical solutions to a wide range of international business challenges. Mr. Krilla is a member of the Atlantic Council as well as the board of Refugees International, for whom he recently led a mission to Kenya to support Somali refugees resident in that country in addition to being an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Prior to joining Dentons, Mr. Krilla served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He led the Department’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts and created the Department’s first-ever Office of International Labor Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr. Krilla also co-chaired the Secretary’s Global Internet Freedom Taskforce, working with technology companies and a coalition of nongovernmental organizations to press governments around the world on internet freedom of speech issues. Before his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Krilla served as regional director for Africa for the International Republican Institute (IRI), chaired by Sen. John McCain, where he oversaw and coordinated programs and election observations in numerous African countries. In 2002, Mr. Krilla worked closely with now-Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to coordinate IRI’s conference in Burkina Faso of Liberian opposition parties, civil society, news media and representatives of rebel factions to discuss Liberia’s democratic future.
About Bobby Pittman
Bobby J. Pittman is the managing director of Kupanda Capital, a boutique investment platform focused on Africa. Most recently, Mr. Pittman was the Vice President of Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration at the African Development Bank from 2009 to 2012. In this capacity, he managed one of the largest portfolios in Africa, including more than $25 billion in active projects across 52 African countries. Mr. Pittman previously held senior positions at several U.S. government agencies, including the National Security Council, Treasury Department, State Department and White House. Africa Fund Manager magazine named Mr. Pittman to the “Power 50” list of industry leaders who are shaping investment trends in Africa. He also serves on the executive committee of the board of the Corporate Council on Africa, where he chairs the Finance Working Group. He is a member of the Expert Advisory Board for Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Mr. Pittman graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University, and received an M.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.
About General William “Kip” Ward
General William “Kip” Ward (ret) is a retired Army General Officer and was the inaugural Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM). He successfully established the nation’s newest and most uniquely positioned interagency geographic command responsible for all U.S. defense and security activities on the African continent and its island nations, with staff representatives from State, Commerce, Treasury, Homeland Security and other U.S. Cabinet Departments and Agencies. In commanding AFRICOM, his visionary leadership promoted the value of forging relationships, creating partnerships, enhancing regional cooperation and the importance of sustained security engagement in pursuing U.S. national interests. Prior to that role, General Ward was Deputy Commander, United States European Command, responsible for the Command’s day-to-day activities. General Ward is a distinguished and steady leader, having commanded at every level from platoon as a Lieutenant to geographic command as a General. Ward has spent his life in selfless service to the nation, safeguarding America’s interests at home and abroad and has an enviable reputation for his teamwork. A Master Paratrooper, General Ward is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Fort Benning, Georgia; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. General Ward was an assistant professor, Department of Social Sciences, teaching political science and public policy at the United States Military Academy, West Point. General Ward is a decorated combat veteran and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Morgan State University in Baltimore and a Master of Arts degree in political science from The Pennsylvania State University.
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