WASHINGTON (October 11, 2013) – On Thursday, October 10, Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led non-profit committed to advancing development in Africa, celebrated the establishment of its international board of counselors with its board of directors, international government officials, development professionals, private sector business representatives and Africare Life Member donors at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, minister of finance of Nigeria, spoke at the reception and signed copies of her most recent book, “Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria.”
Africare’s Interim Board Chairman, Stephen D. Cashin, and President, Darius Mans, welcomed guests and introduced Africare staff who gave accounts of recent Africare successes. Chenfa Dombin, deputy director of international programs, outlined Africare’s exciting new partnership with ExxonMobil and the National Basketball Association to engage youth in Nigeria. Dr. Nene Diallo, acting director of the Office of Health and HIV/AIDS, explained Africare’s award-winning approach to saving lives at birth in Senegal, and Eric Lundgren, director of international programs, described the life-changing impacts achieved by Africare’s work in agriculture, food security and nutrition in Mozambique.
“Africare is experiencing such a welcomed synergy of sustainable change from our partners and our donors,” said Darius Mans, president of Africare. “At this important time in Africare’s history, it is incumbent upon us to identify ways in which public-private partnerships can facilitate new growth.”
Africare recently instituted its international board of counselors, a group of advisory professionals who are committed to assisting Africare in developing unique public-private partnerships that innovatively address development challenges in Africa.
Africare’s international board of counselors includes Marianne Camille Spraggins, managing director – markets and external relations, The BondFactor, LLC; Lauretta Bruno, president, Gramercy Partners; Josh Mailman, managing director, Serious Change, LP; Mark Vogel, founder and president, Mark Vogel Companies; Tommy Walker, director/producer, Freemind Beauty; and Anthony Williams, executive director, Federal City Council, Washington, D.C.
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