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 the 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.
Liesl Gerntholtz is the executive director of the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch and a member of its executive management team where she leads its institutional initiative on diversity and inclusion. She is an expert on women’s rights and has worked and written extensively on violence against women. Her work at Human Rights Watch has included documenting access to safe and legal abortion in Ireland, sexual and gender-based violence in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, and sexual violence in conflict in Libya.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Ms. Gerntholtz worked for some of the key constitutional institutions promoting human rights and democracy in a post-apartheid South Africa, including the South African Human Rights Commission and the Commission on Gender Equality. A lawyer by training, she was involved in high-profile, strategic human rights litigation to promote women and children’s rights, including a case that changed the definition of rape in South Africa.
Evan Lieberman is the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa at MIT and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at Princeton University for twelve years and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Yale University. Professor Lieberman’s research is concerned with understanding the determinants of democratic accountability, affective states and governance arrangements, and the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict. He is the author of two scholarly books, Race and Regionalism in the Politics of Taxation (Cambridge 2003) and Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics Have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS (Princeton 2009) and numerous scholarly articles that have appeared in World Politics, the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, Social Science and Medicine, and other journals. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Princeton.
Marco V. Masotti is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he has served on the firm’s management committee. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading funds lawyers in the alternative asset management industry. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Private Investment Funds Forum and Chair of the Private Investment Funds Subcommittee of the International Bar Association. Mr. Masotti has a unique profile in the marketplace as an adviser to a wide variety of investment funds, including private equity funds, credit funds, hedge funds, growth capital funds, infrastructure funds, and real estate funds. He represents some of the most well-known alternative asset managers in the marketplace, including Apollo, Avenue, Blackstone/GSO, General Atlantic, Harvest, KKR, KPS, Oak Hill, Oaktree, Reservoir, Roark, Silver Point, TPG, Värde, and Wellspring. He has been quoted extensively in the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere and has provided guest commentary on television news networks, including Bloomberg Television. He is part of the Founding Advisory Board for the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law. He has also provided pro bono services to the Clinton Foundation. Mr. Masotti was awarded a Fulbright Placement Award upon graduating from the University of Natal Faculty of Law.
Joel Motley is an independent director of Invesco Mutual Funds and an independent director of the Office of Finance of the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Joel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chairman Emeritus of the board of Human Rights Watch. Joel also serves on the boards of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Historic Hudson Valley and the Greenwall Foundation.
Joel began his career in investment banking at Lazard Freres & Co. in 1985, and he was a founder of Carmona Motley Inc. in 1992. Prior to investment banking, he served as an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, serving as chief of the Senator’s staff in New York City and surrounding counties. Joel joined the Senate staff after five years of a corporate law practice which he began at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett upon graduation from Harvard Law School in 1978. He graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) in 1974.
Ackneil M. (Trey) Muldrow, III, is a partner in the Corporate Department of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York City.Trey’s practice focuses on merger and acquisition transactions and corporate governance counseling. Trey serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bright Point Health and Friends of the High Line. Trey was identified as a leading lawyer in middle-market M&A by Legal 500 US in 2017. He was awarded Private Practitioner of the Year from the Metropolitan Black Bar Association in 2015, led a transaction selected as one of the most innovative transactions in the Financial Times in 2013, and was named a Council of Urban Professionals Cup Catalyst: Change Agent in Law in 2013 by U.S. Innovative Lawyers. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Thandi Orleyn is a founder, director, and shareholder of Peotona Group Holdings, an investment company contributing to the development of women in business and of critical skills in the economy. The first ten years of her legal practice were spent as an attorney and regional director at the Legal Resources Centre, where she focused on litigation against the apartheid state and was responsible for the training and development of candidate attorneys, paralegals, and community advice centers. Ms. Orleyn served as the National Director of the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa, where she provided strategic leadership as an accredited mediator and arbitrator at a time when South Africa was moving from an apartheid state to a democratic country. She developed people skills, structure, and systems as National Director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, and she was a senior partner at the commercial law firm Routledge Modise Inc (now Hogan Lovells). Ms. Orleyn has co-authored a book entitled, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Her current board memberships include BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (Chairperson), Tokiso Dispute Settlement (Pty) Ltd (Chairperson), Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd, Toyota SA (Pty) Ltd, and Toyota Financial Services (SA) Limited. She also served as a non-executive director of the South African Reserve Bank. She chairs the Legal Resources Trust, the Shanduka Trust, De Beers Fund, Ceramic Foundation, and the Fort Hare University Council. She received her secondary education at Inanda Seminary School before studying law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of South Africa.
Chris Stone, Professor of Practice of Public Integrity at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government. He is an expert in institutional strategy and public-sector reform globally, with a special focus on systems of justice. From 2012 through 2017, Chris served as president of the Open Society Foundations, helping to strengthen civil society as a force for political pluralism in more than one hundred countries worldwide. Prior to joining OSF, he was the Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he led both the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Chris began his legal career in 1982 as a public defender in Washington, D.C., and later helped found both the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the New York State Capital Defender Office. From 1994 through 2004, he served as president of the Vera Institute of Justice, an incubator of innovation for the justice sector, expanding the Institute’s work with government reformers in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Russia, Nigeria, India, China, Chile, and Brazil. He is the recipient of an honorary OBE for his contributions to criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.
Paul F. Roye is Senior Vice President of The Capital Group Companies. He joined the firm in May of 2005. Previously, he was Director of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. During his tenure, he received the Chairman’s Award of Excellence, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an SEC staff member. Prior to becoming Director, he was a member of the law firm Dechert, where he was a partner in the firm’s financial services, investment management, and corporate securities practice group. He serves on the Investor Issues Committee of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Board of Directors of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni. He also serves on the Executive Council of the Federal Bar Association. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School.