Board of Trustees

Chelsea Clinton


Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, works alongside Foundation leadership toward a shared goal of making the Clinton Foundation one of the most effective and efficient global NGOs in the world. Chelsea works in-depth across a number of the Foundation’s programmatic areas including: No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project working to advance the full participation of women and girls; the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program focused on empowering the next generation of change-makers; the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action program which she founded; the Foundation’s various health programs and the conservation of Africa’s Elephants through the Clinton Global Initiative. Chelsea currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Chelsea also serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a B.A. from Stanford, an MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and both an MPhil and a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University. Chelsea is the author of It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, a book for young readers ages 10-14 which explores some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly impacting kids and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making a difference in their own communities and around the globe. She lives with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, and their son Aidan in New York City.

Hadeel Ibrahim


Board Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Hadeel Ibrahim is a Board Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was established in 2006 to support leadership and governance in Africa. She is co-Chair of the Board of Directors of The Africa Center in New York, whose mission is to promote partnership, collaboration, dialogue and understanding between African artists, business leaders and civil society and their counterparts in the United States and beyond. Hadeel is the chair of The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and serves of the Boards of the Clinton Foundation and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Advisory Board the Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose at UCL. She is a member of Amnesty International’s Secretary General’s Global Council, a member of the International Advisory Committee & Jury of the London Design Biennale and is a Patron of Restless Development, a youth led development agency. Hadeel previously served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, on the Boards of Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, ORB Media, the Governing Board of the African Governance Institute, the Synergos Institute, Refugees International, the Carter Center (UK), the BMCE Bank of Africa and the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards Judging Panel.

Halima Dangote


Executive Director, Dangote Industries Limited 

Halima Dangote is an Executive Director at Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Dangote Flour Mills, and MHF Properties. She also serves on the boards of NASCON Allied Industries, and the Dangote Foundation. Working closely with the President/CEO and other members of the Executive Team, Ms. Dangote is responsible for operational enhancement, new business development, and project management. Ms. Dangote joined DIL in 2008 and has held a number of executive management roles including working as the Special Assistant to the President/Chief Executive Officer. She started her career as a Business Analyst with KPMG Professional Services, serving private and public sector clients on topics related to business performance improvement, strategy, and policy formulation. Halima holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing from American Intercontinental University, London, United Kingdom and a Master’s in Business Administration obtained from Webster Business School, United Kingdom. She has attended a number of high profile leadership development programs including: the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School; Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management; Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives at Columbia Business School. She is married with two children.

Ian Bruce Eichner


Chairman and CEO, The Continuum Company

Ian Bruce Eichner, a seasoned developer of urban mixed-use properties, has a proven track record in real estate spanning more than three decades. His acute business sense has produced a series of visionary real estate developments that have been characterized by a creative mix of distinctive purpose-built properties. His vast portfolio of projects in New York, Miami and Las Vegas include City Spire, One Broadway Place, The Manhattan Club, The Royale and Montague Street built in Brooklyn Heights. Outside of New York he has developed the Continuum, a two-tower gated condominium community in South Beach, and the Cosmopolitan, a 3,000 room resort and casino on the Las Vegas strip. Bruce’s career in real estate follows almost a decade of experience in the criminal justice system, including terms as an assistant District Attorney and a senior program development position in a gubernatorial agency during Nelson Rockefeller’s tenure. Bruce lives in New York City where he is developing a 60-story high rise in the Flatiron District.

Jendayi Frazer


President and CEO, 50 Ventures, LLC

Jendayi E. Frazer is the President and CEO of 50 Ventures, LLC. A global policy leader and expert on African Affairs, she currently heads the Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Program.  She is the Managing Partner of Africa Exchange Holdings, Ltd. that owns commodity exchanges in East Africa (EAX) and Nigeria (AFEX Nigeria). Ms. Frazer was a distinguished public service professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2009 to 2014, where she was the director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI). Ms. Frazer was the leading architect of U.S.-Africa policy for nearly a decade, serving as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from August 2005 to January 2009. Previously she was Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, and the first woman U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, appointed in 2004. Jendayi was also an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies. Jendayi is a recipient of numerous awards and honors. She is Dame Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption.

Benjamin Stein


Founder and Managing Member, The Spruce House Partnership

Ben Stein is a Founder and Managing Member of The Spruce House Partnership, a New York-based investment partnership founded in 2005. Spruce House has investments in public and private companies globally and seeks to invest alongside management teams that are focused on growing the value of their companies over the long term. Mr. Stein serves on the board of Colliers International, one of the largest commercial real estate services companies in the world. Ben received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Ben has traveled extensively throughout East and Southern Africa and in the past has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the African Wildlife Foundation.

Dr. Michaela de Pury


Co-Founder and Partner of de Pury & de Pury

Dr. Michaela de Pury was until recently Senior Director at Phillips de Pury & Company and before Senior Partner. She joined the firm in 2001. She has been instrumental in securing major consignments and private transactions surrounding key works in all sales categories of Contemporary Art, Design and Photography. Her consignments include the Hoener Collection of German Expressionist Art in 2001, the FER Collection in 2004, the Princess Gloria Thurn and Taxis Collection in 2006 and the largest-ever single-owner collection of contemporary Russian art in February 2007. Prior to joining Phillips de Pury, she was the CEO of Neumeister Auctions in New York; the leading Munich auction company that was started by her father Rudolf Neumeister. After having obtained her PHD from the University of Hamburg and having written her Doctoral thesis on Medieval and Renaissance Art, she was trained at Christie’s in their London department of Old Master Paintings, at Sotheby’s in their New York department of Modern and Impressionist Art and at Taijan in Paris. Michaela is married to Simon de Pury, former Chairman of Phillips de Pury. She is an auctioneer and avid collector. Today Michaela is Co-Founder and Partner of de Pury & de Pury, a company specialising in private treaty sales and advising major private collections.

Corinne Evens


President of the Evens Group

Corinne Evens, a mathematician by training, began her career in 1996 by establishing a real estate business in Paris dealing with property acquisition, renovation and resale. Today, she leads the Evens Group, which runs a real estate portfolio worldwide. The aim of the Evens Group business development is to help to achieve the philanthropic mission of the Evens Group. Her father was a key figure in the Antwerp diamond industry. As a young woman, she accompanied him to meetings and to business trips, in Africa among others. She has kept tight ties to Africa, which remained a source of inspiration for her, as it is noticeable in her jewelry design and interior design works under the Goralska label. The inspiration of the “Maison Goralska” aims at women, citizens of the world, turned towards the future, taking responsibility for their choices and their lives with talent. In line with its commitments, the Goralska brand donates a portion of its profits to organizations that are working towards progress and the well being of mankind. Corinne Evens is the President of the Evens Foundation (a public benefit foundation based in Antwerpen, Belgium, with offices in Paris and Warsaw). The Evens Foundation initiates, develops and supports projects that encourage people and nations to live together harmoniously in a diverse Europe. She is the founder and President of the European Association of the Museum of Polish Jews. She also serves as a Board Member of Positive Planet, a Board Member of Universal Education Foundation (UEF) and Board seats in other various corporate and philanthropic organizations including Bethlehem Industrial Park. She is a fulfilled mother of two children, Jonathan and Deborah.

Maja Hoffmann


Founder, LUMA Foundation

Maja Hoffmann is a contemporary art collector, and a supporter and producer of international art, film, publishing and environmental projects. She is the Founder of the LUMA Foundation (2004) whose aim is to launch and produce cultural and art projects worldwide. It also supports a number of art-based international initiatives and institutional projects, such as Kunsthalle Zurich and Kunsthalle Basel, the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Venice Biennale and Artangel and the Serpentine Gallery in London. It is also involved in planning one of the major cultural sites in Europe, the Parc des Ateliers in Arles. She is President of the Kunsthalle Zurich Foundation, and Vice-President of the Council of the Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung in Basel. She is a Trustee of the Tate, a Board Member of the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies at Annandale-on-Hudson in New York State.

Siya Madikane



Siya Madikane is a philanthropist dedicated to helping disadvantaged children particularly in the fields of education and health. He was born in Soweto, South Africa, and lived in an orphanage there until the age of 10 when his life changed through adoption. He split his time between Johannesburg and NYC, first attending Bishop Bavin School in Johannesburg and then matriculating at Trinity Pawling, when he relocated permanently to New York City. Mr. Madikane attended Pepperdine University and received his B.S. in History in 2007. Upon graduation he worked for IMG’s Consulting group in New York, then transitioned to the IMG Events and Sponsorship group in London and India until 2015 when he turned his focus to philanthropy. Mr. Madikane is on the Board of Directors for The Character Connection Initiative, which uses character education to empower adolescents in strengthening their confidence, competence, and compassion through character education and mindfulness. He is an avid soccer fan (Liverpool FC) and golfer.

Blair Miller


Founder, NextWork

Blair Miller is the founder of NextWork, an investment firm building companies addressing the opportunities and challenges related to the future of work. Prior to NextWork Blair co-founded Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital, an emerging markets sustainable investment fund. Previously Blair was Vice President at the office of philanthropist and Founder of Wesray Capital Corporation, Ray Chambers, where she led the offices efforts in innovative financing to address global health challenges. Blair spent her early career at Acumen, an impact investment fund. At Acumen, Blair spearheaded the talent platform, conceptualizing, capitalizing, and launching programs globally as well as leveraging the curriculum to develop online courses. Blair is a sought-out advisor on talent and impact investing and has worked with firms such Andela, Learn Capital, and Roundtable Investment Partners. Blair serves on numerous boards including The Africa Center, InvestAfrica, and Venture for America. Blair is a senior fellow at Yale University lecturing on “Aligning Profit and Purpose” and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Blair holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and BA in English Literature.

Dana Reed


Impact Investor

Dana Reed is an Impact Investor. She was the CEO of PanAfrican Investment Co., a private investment company that made impact investments in SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa. Dana continues to advise and invest in SMEs on the continent. Prior to joining PIC, Dana was a Managing Director at Semper Capital, a structured credit asset management company with $1.5 billion AUM. Her responsibilities included marketing, product development, and strategic growth of the firm. Before Semper, she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Dana began her career as a Fellow at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. She received a BBA in International Business from Howard University and a MBA from Howard University. She is a Trustee of Harlem Tech Fund, BrightPoint Health and Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Dana was appointed by New York Governor Paterson to serve as a Director of the Harlem Community Development Corp. and continues to serve in that capacity today. Dana is on the Advisory Board of Uncharted Play, a renewable energy company based in Harlem that provides energy solutions on the continent. She is an active member of the African Leadership Network, International Women’s Forum, and the Vice President of the Metropolitan Chapter of Jack & Jill. She has received numerous awards for her work both on the continent and in the U.S. Dana lives in Harlem with her 11-year-old twin boys who enjoy traveling to the continent with her.

Richard D. Segal


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Seavest Investment Group

Richard D. Segal is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seavest Investment Group where he is Co-CEO of Seavest Healthcare Properties and Managing Partner of Rethink Education. Mr. Segal has a long history of investing in real estate and venture capital investments. Prior to founding Seavest in 1982, he was a partner at Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn where he managed the firm’s private investments. He has served on the boards of many public and private companies including Hudson General Inc., SchoolNet, Wireless Generation, and Hyponex Inc. Currently, Mr. Segal sits on the boards of various education technology companies including Advanced Prison Data Systems, Cinematic Health Education, Knowledge 2 Practice, Noodle Companies, Voxy, and BEGiN-Homer Learning. He is deeply committed to creating better communities through his philanthropic engagements, which are primarily focused on health, education, and providing opportunities for low income children and the arts. He is a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, where he serves as Treasurer. He also sits on the Board of New York Academy of Art, serving as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. Additionally, Mr. Segal serves on the Board of Trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital where he is a member of the Real Estate and Major Facilities Committee, and he is the President of the A. L. Mailman Family Foundation. Mr. Segal received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University.


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We were proud to launch our latest wall painting with Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi last night at The Africa Center.

Thenjiwe will also be leading a drawing class at The Africa Center tomorrow - For further details and tickets follow the link below.