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Our Board and Sponsors

Our Sponsors and Board are a group comprised of highly accomplished executives who have long-standing business and interpersonal relationships who have worked together in varying capacities for many years. Additionally, our team has deep and broad experience working in Africa ranging from project and business development to legal matters and logistics along with a shared passionate commitment to driving transformative change for disadvantaged peoples and depleted natural ecosystems.

Kofi Appenteng, Esq. – Land Management ; Legal

Born in Ghana, Kofi has had more than 30 years of experiences a corporate and financial institutions lawyer and as an adviser to businesses in the United States and West Africa. Kofi is a member of the boards of directors of the Africa-America Institute (Chair); the International Center for Transitional Justice (Chair); and the Ford Foundation (Chair). He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University.

Norman Beaulieu – Founder

Since 1997, after a visit to the Alexandra Township in South Africa, Norman has sought to create a comprehensive approach to development work that was economically sustainable, scalable and repeatable. He founded Village Corps in January 2014. Prior to Village Corps, he founded Aedi Group, a sustainable project development company that developed the first LEED certified multi-unit housing in the U.S. He is an Africa Leadership Initiative Fellow at the Aspen Institute and graduated with honors from Wesleyan University.

Stace Lindsay – Leadership Development

Stace is a strategic advisor to senior business, government and non-profit leaders throughout the world, having held senior positions at both Monitor Company and the OTF Group. He is the co-author with Michael Fairbanks of Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Growth in the Developing World. Stace is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Rhodes Scholar.

Steve Pfeiffer – Sponsor & Advisor

Steve is a partner and former 2-term Chair of the Executive Committee of Fulbright & Jaworski, now Norton, Rose, Fulbright. He serves as a director of Barloworld Limited (a publicly owned company based in South Africa). Steve is also a trustee of The Africa-America Institute in New York and a director of Project HOPE in Washington, D.C. and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He was a Watson Fellow; studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar; earned a J.D. from Yale University after active service in the Navy, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.

Isaac Shongwe – Logistics

Isaac, a native South African, has over 25 years of business experience in logistics in Africa. Isaac was the former Chief Executive Officer, Barloworld Logistics Africa (Pty) Ltd., in South Africa, one of the largest logistics companies in Africa. Isaac was named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum; he was the first Black executive director of Barloworld Limited; he chairs the Soros Open Society South Africa; he is a board member and Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, he graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and is a Rhodes Scholar.

Todd Snyder – Finance

Todd is Executive Vice-Chairman of Rothschild North American Global Financial Advisory, a leading international investment banking and financial advisory firm. Todd has been an advisor to companies involved in complex transactions including financings, restructurings, mergers and management led buyouts. Todd has advised companies in a range of industries from Dow Corning and Zenith to General Motors and Chrysler with respect to the reorganization of the automobile industry. Todd graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

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