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ARDN Directors and Officers

Hon. Ms. Constance B. Newman, Chair of the Board & Director
Special Counsel for African Affairs, Carmen Group; former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; former Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID
Dr. Djibril Diallo, President & Chief-Executive-Officer
Former Regional Director for West and Central Africa, and Senior Adviser to the Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Mr. Richard Leonard, Secretary & Director
Former UNAIDS Staff
Ms. Arlene Katzive, Secretary & Director
Principal, ARKAT PDL, Inc.; former UNICEF Staff
Mr. Gordon Tapper, Treasurer & Director, Caribbean Engagement Chair
Founder, Give Them a Hand Foundation; former UN Chief of Special Section
Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Chaplain & Director, Education Chair
Professor of Black Studies
Dr. Shelby Lewis, Director, Women’s Empowerment Chair
Professor Emeritus, Clark University; Member, Fulbright Scholarship Board
Mme. Asthou Mbaye, Director, Private Sector Engagement Chair
Manager of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility, Dangote Industries
Mr. James Hsui, Legal Counsel
Principal, James Hsui PLLC; Commercial, Nonprofit/NGO & International Law Attorney; Secretary, UN Senior Africans Group

ARDN Advisers

Ms. Floydetta (Flo) McAfee, Media and Communications Co-Chair
President, Summerland Studio LLC; former Special Assistant to President Clinton, White House Office of Public Liaison
Mr. John Yearwood, Media and Communications Co-Chair
President, Yearwood Media Group; Chair, International Press Institute Executive Board; former World Editor, Miami Herald
Hon. Mr. Rodney Ellis, International Outreach and Political Affairs Chair
Commissioner, Harris County District One, Texas; former Texas State Senator
Mr. Richard Gant, Art, Culture and Sports Chair
Actor, Screenwriter and Director, Hollywood
Dr. Julius Garvey, Health and Science Chair
Medical Doctor; former Cardiologist
Rev. Clement Achim-Gyimah, Youth Leadership Chair
Pastor; West Africa Focal Point, Pan African Youth Leadership Network
Hon. Mr. Cloves Campbell, Media, Communications, and Political Affairs Adviser
Executive Director, Arizona Commission of African American Affairs; Chairman Emeritus, National Newspaper Publishers’ Association; former Member, Arizona House of Representatives
Mr. Nicholas Gouede, Media & Communications Adviser
International Development Consultant; former UNAIDS Staff
Mr. Bob Butler, Media & Communications Adviser
Executive Director, Butler Media; Reporter, KCBS Radio; former President, National Association of Black Journalists
Mr. James Gomez, International Outreach and Political Affairs Adviser
Director for International Affairs, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Ms. Gloria Herndon, US Mayoral Outreach and Private Sector Engagement Adviser
CEO, GB Global Group
Ms. Ngozi Nmezi, US Mayoral Outreach Focal Point
Managing Principal, Portier Agency; former Executive Director, Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office of African Affairs

Officers of Global Alliance of Mayors & Leaders from Africa & of African Descent (GAMAD)

Hon. Dr. Alfred O. Vanderpuije, President
Member of Parliament, Ghana; Former Lord Mayor of Accra, Ghana
Hon. Ms. Celia Sacramento, Vice-President
Former Mayor, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Mr. Oscar Gamboa, Executive Director
Hon. Mr. Alfred Martin Aruo, East Africa Chair
Mayor of Soroti, Uganda
Hon. Mr. Kagiso Thutlwe, Southern Africa Chair
Mayor of Gaborone, Botswana
Hon. Mr. Yeo Klotioloma, West Africa Chair
Vice-Governor of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Hon. Mr. Nassereddine Zenasni, North Africa Chair
Mayor of Sidi M’Hamed, Algiers, Algeria
Hon. Ms. Rose Christiane Raponda, Central Africa Chair
Mayor of Libreville, Gabon
Hon. Ms. Angela Brown-Burke, Caribbean Chair
Former Mayor of Kingston, Jamaica