Kofi Appenteng

President & CEO, Africa-America Institute
JD, Columbia Law School
BA, Wesleyan University

A seasoned advisor and philanthropist, Kofi leads the Africa-America Institute in their mission to promote enlightened engagement between Africa and America through education, training, and dialogue. He began his career as a corporate lawyer and, in 1994, became the first Black African to become a artner at a major New York City law firm. Kofi has more than 30 years of domestic and international experience in law, investment banking, and with umerous civil society organizations, including the Ford Foundation, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. In recognition of his work in business and philanthropy, he was named a “Great American Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation in 2013.Born in Ghana, Kofi was a young student in England before attending college at Wesleyan University, where he was awarded the Butterfield Prize for character, leadership, and intellectual commitment. He then earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School, where he was an International Fellow.

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