African CEO's to join Initiative for Global Development (IGD) board

The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors. IGD, a nonprofit organization, engages a global network of corporate leaders to reduce poverty through investment in the developing world, with a particular focus on Africa. IGD's new Board Members are CEOs of some of the most influential businesses and organizations in Africa.

"IGD's Board is thrilled to welcome these five extraordinary business leaders who are African pioneers, with extensive experience growing businesses and leading impactful investments throughout the continent," said Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych, IGD President and CEO. The five new Board Members are: Andrew Alli, Mathews Chikaonda, Morgan Nzwere, Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, and Jean-Louis Ekra. The new IGD Directors come from diverse backgrounds and a range of sectors, encompassing agro-industry, power, infrastructure, ICT, financial services, and more.

Collectively, the five new Board Directors represent the voices of the new dynamic Africa. Since becoming IGD's President & CEO, Dr. Nedelcovych has strived to build on a powerful high-level network of Frontier 100 Leaders that represent the best of class of African businesses. The appointment of these five new African Directors to the Board of IGD amplifies that vision. All of the new IGD Directors are also members of the IGD's Frontier 100 Leaders Network of CEOs and senior executives of sector-leading companies that are driving poverty reduction through strategic investments in Africa. "It is an honour for me to join the Board of Directors of IGD. The role of IGD in Africa is very important and I will work with IGD's leadership as well as other CEOs and business leaders to realize the organization's vision of building a world where business uses its potential as a powerful force for poverty reduction," Dr. Mathews Chikaonda said.

The new Directors will join IGD's Chairman of the Board, Robert Mosbacher Jr., at the IGD Frontier 100 Investor Forum in New York City, October 21-22, with the theme "Africa: Innovative Investing in Emerging Markets."

For more information:
Thuy Dinh
Initiative for Global Development (IGD)
Tel: +1 202.454.3960
Email: tdinh@igdleaders.org

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