African Sunrise Partners is an investment strategy firm dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of Africa as an investment destination for global institutional investors and companies. Ms. Cook is also the Africa Investment Strategist at Enclave Capital LLC and has worked in the global equity business for over 25 years, gaining extensive developing- and frontier-markets experience.
Ms. Cook worked as a global analyst covering sectors including media, entertainment, broadcasting, housing, building materials, capital goods, and consumer products. Her sell-side roles have included work at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Prudential Securities and CLSA/Crédit Agricole. At CLSA, Ms. Cook was the Head of AsiaUSA Strategy, a role focused on assessing the impact of China's rise on multinational companies. Her buy-side work includes five years as the Head of Global Research at Lazard Asset Management. Ms. Cook has an A.B. degree in History from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is a CFA charter holder and holds FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63, 86, and 87 licenses.
Pat is Chair of the Emergency Communications Leadership & Innovation Center (eCLIC), at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, Principal of RIVERA//LANTHIER & Associates and Lead Advisor, U.S. Pacific Command, (C4: command, control, communications, computers). His ongoing focus is on delivering innovative interoperable broadband communications, applications, and support to create "Connected, Protected, Educated and Sustainable Communities"...particularly for HA/DR (Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response). This work involves direct engagement with leadership from government, military, NGOs, the UN, applied researchers, industry, and other key stakeholders. He advises dozens of governments and organizations and led several advanced telecom projects in Africa, Europe, South America, South East Asia, the Caribbean and North America. He has co-founded multi-million dollar Silicon Valley start-ups and his project impacts exceed $1B. He was elected five times as the U.S. National Chairman of the U.S. Telecom Association New Technologies Team (1200 companies/ $300B) and was a twelve-year Director of the Wireless Communications Alliance. He has travelled to more than 70 countries. Previously, Pat attended the Wharton School, Seton Hall, Cal Polytechnic, Golden Gate and S. F. State Universities. He started his telecom career as an AT&T technician and, with the help of his wife of four decades, and, a great company, he held various leadership positions with AT&T, Bell Labs, and Pacific Telesis Group. He likes slalom ski racing, surfing, sailing, and good wine.
Eric H. Loeb is responsible for supporting AT&T's team of international external affairs advocates. AT&T is a premier global communications company, providing wholesale services and mobile roaming services to over 220 countries and territories, and providing business enterprise services to countries representing over 99 percent of the world's economy. In addition to developing and implementing market access strategies to enable AT&T's global expansion to satisfy customer needs, other responsibilities for Mr. Loeb include ensuring compliance with international telecom regulations, and advocacy on a wide range policy matters related to the stable growth, innovation and investment by the information and communications technology sector. Mr. Loeb is based in AT&T's Washington DC office. He is an active member in several industry and community organizations, including current service as: Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Internet and Telecommunications Infrastructure and Services (Paris); Executive Committee Member of the European-American Business Council (DC); Board Member of the US Telecommunications Training Institute (DC); Co-Chair of the Coalition Service Industries Telecommunications Committee (DC), and Member of the US State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. Prior to joining AT&T in 2002, Mr. Loeb had been the Global Regulatory Counsel for Concert Communications, and prior to that, the US Regulatory Counsel for British Telecommunications plc. He started his career at Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. in Washington DC, after graduating with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center, and with honors from Bowdoin College. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and two children.
Kojo is the founder and CEO of Invictus Africa Group, an investment company that partners financial and strategic investors seeking opportunities in sub Saharan Africa. Kojo is the former acting CEO and a co-founder of Shanduka Group, a South African investment company that has a portfolio of over 30 investments in numerous industries. He was also previously Managing Director of Shanduka's private equity fund. He joined the investment banking group of Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette Inc. ("DLJ", now Credit Suisse First Boston) and was seconded to African Merchant Bank Limited in 1998 as DLJ's representative. Kojo has been extensively involved in sourcing, structuring, implementing and monitoring various private equity investments in African markets and has over fifteen years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining DLJ he was employed as a financial analyst at Salomon Brothers Inc. Kojo has an economics degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Kojo is half Ghanaian and half American. He is married with two children.
Amos Winbush III has partnered with Sun to build an app used on 500,000 phones. "We're taking the company global," he says. "I'm super stoked." At twenty six years old, Amos stands at the head of his generation's class of CEOs who view technology as an ecosystem that supports innovation and values disruptors. Through his leadership and careful study of what happened to promising companies of the past, Amos grew the company from a small business operating out of his studio apartment to a disruptive technology valued at $20 mill. Amos' vision of a universal data synchronization service came about when Amos' smart phone crashed resulting in thousands of essential files being lost. When he realized that no solution existed, Amos set out to design and build a universal wireless solution that allows users to back up, manage and retrieve their mobile content. Seizing the rare opportunity to partner with a major technology company, Amos orchestrated CyberSynchs' partnership with Sun Microsystems, enabling the company to develop on the JAVAFX platform and access the Sun Cloud. Sun Microsystems distributes CyberSynchs within JavaFX. The Sun Agreement exponentially expanded CyberSynchs' market penetration. Amos Winbush III, Founder & CEO of CyberSynchs
Gregory Marchand is the Founder and Owner of Gizmos Solutions Limited (GSL). Gizmos Solutions is a global consulting, engineering, and technology company with offices in Africa and North America. GSL has successfully performed projects for multi-national customers including the United States Government, Emirates Airlines, MTN, Airtel, UNICEF, Johns Hopkins and the Intercontinental Hotel Group. He is the Founder and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia, which was commissioned by the US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011. In 2010, Greg Marchand was named to Black Enterprise Magazine's 40th Anniversary List of The Next 40 Business Leaders.
Prior to founding GSL, Greg was a senior consultant for Deloitte Consulting in the Financial Services and Technology practices. His ability to drive an entrepreneurial team culture, approachable demeanor and passion made him a favorite of clients and colleagues alike. Before joining Deloitte Consulting, Greg was an auditor in the Advisory Services practice at Arthur Andersen LLP in Chicago, IL. His vision to develop an American and African collaboration, determination to expand into new markets, and intense focus on execution, drove his business case from an idea to operational within twelve months.
In 2012 Greg was invited by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to speak at her first ever Global Business Conference and was also a speaker at the Harvard Business School Africa Conference. He is a guest lecturer on Investment in Africa at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. In addition, Mr. Marchand has been a guest speaker at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business on conducting business in Africa. Greg has been a panelist at the Corporate Council on Africa's US-Africa Business Summit and the AGOA Forum (African Growth Opportunities Act).
Greg Marchand has a bachelors degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an alumnus of the LEAD program, a National Merit Scholar and was a recipient of the Morehouse Full Academic Scholarship.
Mr. Marchand is an advisor to private equity firms and Fortune 500 companies on expanding into African markets. He runs a fellowship program for undergraduate, mid-career and MBA students focused on teaching participants about conducting business in Africa. In addition, Mr. Marchand donates space, computers and resources at the Gizmos Solutions headquarters in Lusaka to run a training center for university students in Zambia with a curriculum based on advanced business, technical, and composition skills.
Nadine Strossen has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. From 1991 through 2008 she served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation's largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Professor Strossen is currently a member of the ACLU's National Advisory Council. When Strossen stepped down as President of the ACLU in 2008, three Supreme Court Justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter) participated in her farewell tribute luncheon.
The National Law Journal has named Strossen one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." In 1996, Working Woman Magazine listed her among the "350 Women Who Changed the World 1976-1996." In 1997, Upside Magazine included her in the "Elite 100: 100 Executives Leading The Digital Revolution." In 1998, Vanity Fair Magazine included Strossen in "America's 200 Most Influential Women." In 1999, Ladies' Home Journal included her in "America's 100 Most Important Women." In 2005, Strossen was honored by the University of Tulsa College of Law and the Tulsa Law Review, which made her scholarly work the subject of their Fifth Annual Legal Scholarship Symposium, en titled "Nadine Strossen: Scholar as Activist."
Strossen has made thousands of public presentations before diverse audiences, including on more than 500 campuses and in many foreign countries. She has commented frequently on legal issues in the national media, having appeared on virtually every national news program. She has been a monthly columnist for two online publications and a weekly commentator on the Talk America Radio Network. In October 2001, Strossen made her professional theater debut as the guest star in Eve Ensler's award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, during a week-long run at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Strossen's writings have been published in many scholarly and general interest publications (more than 250 published works). Her book, Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights (Scribner, 1995), was named by The New York Times as a "Notable Book" of 1995. Her coauthored book, Speaking of Race, Speaking of Sex: Hate Speech, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (NYU Press, 1995), was named an "outstanding book" by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.
In 1986, Strossen became one of the first three women to receive the U.S. Jaycees' Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award; she was also the first American woman to win the Jaycees International's The Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award. Strossen has received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont, San Joaquin College of Law, Rocky Mountain College, the Massachusetts School of Law, and Mount Holyoke College. Other awards include: the Women of Distinction award from the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, the Media Institute's Freedom of Speech Award, the Free Speech Coalition's Freedom Isn't Free Award, the National Council of Jewish Women's Women Who Dared Award, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Albert D. Chernin Award, and the National Forensic League's Lifetime Achievement Award. Strossen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Strossen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College (1972) and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (1975), where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before becoming a law professor, she practiced law for nine years in Minneapolis (her hometown) and New York City.
Rose M. Bonello is a Program and Project Manager in the Global Network Technology and Operations Division at the Telecom Italia (TI) Group. Her first role at TI Group was at Finsiel where she was a consultant for an eGovernment project for the Italian Ministry of Treasury. She moved on to work as Assistant to the first President of Telecom Italia Mobile. Prior to joining TI Group, she was a Senior Financial Analyst at Bank Leumi Trust Co. New York. She started her career as a Financial Analyst at Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase), New York. Bonello received her Bachelor of Science from St. Francis College, New York and her Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs.