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Africa: EXIM Announces Members of the 2020-2021 EXIM Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee


Washington, DC — The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) announced today the appointment of the 11 members of its Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee. The terms for all appointed will run through September 2021.

“With six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world and more than one billion consumers, Africa is poised to play a pivotal role in the global economy. Supporting U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa is one of our top priorities at EXIM, and my deepest congratulations goes to the new members of the EXIM Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee,” said EXIM President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed. “I look forward to working with the members, and am delighted that this very important EXIM committee will continue to be chaired by Center for Strategic and International Studies expert and global thought leader Daniel Runde.”

The EXIM Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee, as required by Congress, advises the EXIM Board of Directors “on the development and implementation of policies and programs” designed to promote EXIM’s engagement in sub-Saharan Africa. The Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee will again be chaired by Daniel Runde, Senior Vice President, William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“The U.S. government has a strategic imperative to help U.S. companies win deals in sub-Saharan Africa – the market needs it, we need it, and African countries want it,” said Chair Dan Runde. “I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Reed and the entire EXIM team as they play a crucial role in helping accomplish the task that lies before us.”

The EXIM Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2020-2021 EXIM Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee during an open session of today’s EXIM Board of Directors Meeting after the conclusion of an open nomination process, which was published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2020.

A full list of members of the 2020-2021 Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee can be found below:

2020-2021 EXIM Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee


Daniel Runde

Senior Vice President, Director of the Program on Prosperity and Development

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Washington, DC

Representing: Trade/Commerce


C. Derek Campbell

Chief Executive Officer

Energy and Natural Resource Security, Inc.

Arlington, VA

Executive Chairman

AlphaSierra Advisory Group

London, England, UK

Representing: Trade/Commerce

Scott Eisner

Senior Vice President, African Affairs; President, U.S.-Africa Business Center

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Washington, DC

Representing: Trade/Commerce

Rebecca Enonchong

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Silver Spring, MD

Representing: Small Business

Lori Helmers

Executive Director / Americas Export Finance Head

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

Austin, TX

Representing: Banking/Finance

Florizelle Liser

President and Chief Executive Officer

Corporate Council on Africa

Washington, DC

Representing: Trade/Commerce

Mima Nedelcovych


AfricaGlobal Schaffer

Washington, DC

Representing: Trade/Commerce

EE Okpa


The OKPA Co.

Dallas, TX

Representing: Small Business

Marise Duff Stewart

Director Customer and Industry Relations

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company

Washington, DC

Representing: Trade/Commerce

Paul Sullivan

President – International Business

Acrow Bridge

Parsippany, NJ

Representing: Small Business

Sola Yomi-Ajayi

Chief Executive Officer

United Bank for Africa (UBA), America

New York, NY

Representing: Banking/Finance


EXIM is an independent federal agency that promotes and supports American jobs by providing competitive and necessary export credit to support sales of U.S. goods and services to international buyers. A robust EXIM can level the global playing field for U.S. exporters when they compete against foreign companies that receive support from their governments. EXIM also contributes to U.S. economic growth by helping to create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs in exporting businesses and their supply chains across the United States. In recent years, approximately 90 percent of the total number of the agency’s authorizations has directly supported small businesses. Since 1992, EXIM has generated more than $9 billion for the U.S. Treasury for repayment of U.S. debt.

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