Teresa H. Clarke (FoLRC Chair)

Teresa H. Clarke is the Chairman, CEO, and Executive Editor of Africa.com. She founded the company in 2010 after resigning from her position as a managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co. There, Ms. Clarke led mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions for Fortune 500 companies in the United States and Europe. She also led the Goldman Sachs Africa-Aspen Program, a leadership development project for emerging public- and private-sector African leaders. From 1995 to 2000, she taught corporate finance in the MBA program at Wits Business School and served on the investment committee of a private equity fund that invested in the Southern Africa region. She founded the Student Sponsorship Programme, which has provided mentors and scholarships for attending private schools to more than 600 academically talented but economically disadvantaged South African high school students. She has received numerous awards including one from the government of South Africa for her work with South Africa’s children, the Education Africa Humanitarian Award, and the International Women’s Society of Nigeria Humanitarian of the Year Award. Ms. Clarke is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School.