Leaders

A market pioneer with over 50 years of operational experience and a book of over 900 completed projects, AfricaGlobal Schaffer brings together a unique blend of technical expertise and human and financial capital to help clients address the challenges associated with doing business in African emerging and frontier markets.

“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world."

- Nelson Mandela


Core Team

Dr. Mima Nedelcovych

Chairman

Dr. Nedelcovych is the Founder and Chairman of AfricaGlobal Schaffer, a strategic consulting firm focused on project development, project finance, trade facilitation, and public-private partnerships in developing countries, with a particular focus on Africa.  AfricaGlobal Schaffer (AfGS) is a project developer and boutique consulting firm that provides advisory services to a number of corporations with interests in agro-industry, renewable power, oil and gas, and major infrastructure investments.  AfGS s also provided advisory and consulting services to a number of African governments, US government agencies, and international financial institutions.

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Adam Cortese

Chief Executive Officer

Widely recognized as a thought leader and expert in the areas of project development and foreign direct investment on the African continent, Mr. Cortese provides strategic direction, executive leadership, and oversight of AfricaGlobal Schaffer’s operations.  As a senior executive with broad experience in finance and strategic investment in emerging and frontier markets, over the course of his career, he has successfully developed and led large multidisciplined and multicultural teams to create growth opportunities in uncertain and volatile environments.

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Marian Schaffer

Chief Operating Officer

Marian has over 25 years’ experience in the international agribusiness industry with Schaffer and the Schaffer Global Group of Companies, from which AfricaGlobal emerged. Currently, Marian is Chief Operating Officer directing the operational management of the organization and coordinating major project activities.  She is responsible for coordination of personnel on sales efforts, project scheduling, project liaison and personnel administration and she also assists with production and quality control of progress and interim reports, operational studies, feasibility studies, evaluations and appraisals.

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Geralyn Contini

Chief Financial Officer

With over 35 years’ international agribusiness, management and commercial experience with the Schaffer Global Group, from which AfricaGlobal was born.  Geralyn serves as the Vice President of Client Relations at AfGS and is responsible for carrying out the organization’s vision and mission statements and for the strategic plan and future direction to provide managed growth of the group.

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Dr. Tony Bello

Director, Consumer Foods

As subject matter expert working with the United Nations Development Programme in Nigeria and US Fortune 500 Food companies, Dr. Bello has over 28 years of unsullied experience in making public-private agribusiness partnerships work through the design, formulation, and commercialization of new food products. He was a Senior Technical Adviser on Agribusiness to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina where he played key roles in attracting over $5 billion private sector investment commitments into Nigeria’s agribusiness sector. He led the creation of Nigeria Agribusiness Group, the apex organized private sector platform in Nigeria.

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Dr. Lakshman Velupillai

Director, Agriculture

Dr. Velupillai has over twenty-five years’ experience in the field of international agricultural project design, development, and direction, including programs in Jamaica, Senegal, Mali, Liberia, Ghana, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Vietnam, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Armenia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, and Zambia.  He retired from academia in 2012 as the Associate Vice Chancellor, International Programs, and Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the Louisiana State University [LSU].

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Boukary Ouedraogo

Director, Logistics

Mr. Ouedraogo leads all logistical operations for AfGS across the African continent. A known collaborator and leader in frontier environments, he is also the founder of International Business Center and Services (IBCS), a logistics provider headquartered in Ouagadougou and operating across East, West, and Central Africa.  At IBCS, Mr. Ouedraogo serviced clients from across the world, including high profile engagements in support of US military operations across the Sahel region.

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Mário Branco Lopes de Matos

Senior Associate

A Mozambican raised Portuguese, Engº. Mario de Matos possesses over 40 years’ experience in the Agriculture and Agro-industrial sectors, devoting most of his professional career to Africa.  Mario possesses vast proven experience in the development of agriculture projects in Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo Kinshasa, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

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Advisory Board

Ambassador Patricia Moller (Ret.)

Following a highly-awarded 25-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Patricia N. Moller left active service with the U.S. Department of Sate to return to the private sector. Under the umbrella of her Moller Global Advisory LLC consultancy, she has counseled a number of corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, seeking guidance on doing business in developing countries, many of them in Africa.

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H.E. Ismael Gaspar Martins

Mr. Gaspar Martins has a longstanding carreer in public service. Presently he serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Angolan Sovereign Fund. He was appointed by President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço on the 12th of February 2018.

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Dan Runde

Daniel F. Runde is the founder of DFR Global, an advisory firm. A global thought leader and change agent, his work centers on leveraging U.S. soft power and the central roles of the private sector and good governance in creating a more free and prosperous world. Mr. Runde has been recognized for influencing the debate on USAID-State Department relations, as an architect of the BUILD Act, and led the debate surrounding the role and future of the World Bank Group. Mr. Runde has also influenced thinking about U.S. economic engagement with Africa (of which he is in favor of much more) and domestic resource mobilization. Mr. Runde holds the Officer’s Cross in the Order of Isabel la Católica, a Spanish Civil Order.

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Harouna Niang

With over 30 years of experience in trade matters and conditions, economic policy formulation, and corporate management, Harouna Niang has a storied history as a leader, worker, team member, and person. Each brings additional tenants to his current role and has allowed him to successfully engage with government, enterprises, associations, and other stakeholders.

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Justin Chinyanta

Justin Chinyanta, a former Vice President at Citibank and HSBC Bank’s Africa offices cofounded the Loita Group in 1994, a pioneering pan-African investment banking and financial ICT group (headquartered in Mauritius), which inter alia through wholly-owned subsidiary Loita Capital Partners International has advised on, structured and arranged in excess of USD 6 billion in various funding transactions, in addition to its activities in financial technology (through another wholly-owned subsidiary Fintech International) as well as the digital payments and switching space (Loita Transaction Services).

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Aubrey Hruby

Aubrey Hruby is a Co-Founder of Insider and an investor in African start-ups.  As a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and advisor to Fortune 500 companies doing business in Africa, she speaks and writes regularly on African business issues for the Financial Times and Axios.  She has interviewed with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, CCTV, and Africa24. Aubrey sits on the board of Invest Africa USA, the private sector advisory board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and two dynamic Nigerian companies.  She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Young Leader at the Milken Institute.  Aubrey teaches at Georgetown University and the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa (Macmillan, 2015). She earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Georgetown University.

Tom Sheehy

Tom Sheehy has decades of public policy and communications success, particularly in the foreign policy, national security, and international economics fields.  Before founding Quinella Global, he served as Staff Director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years.  Chaired by Representative Ed Royce, the committee has jurisdiction over all elements of U.S. foreign policy, including operations of the State Department,   Agency for International Development, and Development Finance Corporation.  Tom was responsible for all committee functions, including goal-setting, its $7.5 million annual budget, oversight hearings, communications, working with congressional leadership offices and other national security committees, and managing legislation.

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Julie Howard

Julie Howard is an independent consultant on international agricultural development.  She is Senior Adviser (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the World Vegetable Center Board of Directors.  From 2011-2014, Dr. Howard served as the first chief scientist in the Bureau for Food Security and senior adviser to the USAID administrator on agricultural research, extension, and education. Previously, Dr. Howard served as CEO, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, and as a faculty member and Senior Adviser at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from MSU and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

Franklin Kennedy

Franklin Kennedy is the President and Managing Partner at Equator Capital Partners LLC, a fund management company that currently manages ShoreCap family of funds and invests in regulated microfinance small business backs throughout Africa and Asia. Before that, Franklin was the President and CEO of HSBC Equator Holdings plc. and major subsidiaries from 1988 to 2002. This was a UK-registered and regulated merchant and investment bank that focused on trade, project, investment, advisory, and correspondent banking services exclusively in sub-Saharan Africa. Equator was also Fund Manager for the Africa Growth Fund and the Kenya Equity Fund. From 1968 to 1976, Franklin was the Vice President of the  Royal Bank of Canada in Montreal, Quebec.

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John Richter

A former Senior Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) and Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East at USTDA, Mr. Richter is a well-respected member of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) community.  He was instrumental in helping to create legislation designed to lift the economic growth of Sub-Saharan African (SSA) nations.  His efforts to support the development of infrastructure projects in SSA, together with his work to finance the export of U.S. equipment, technology, and services, have generated more than $3 Billion in U.S. exports to Africa. He has done this by advising hundreds of U.S. exporters on all aspects of international trade, including market identification, sales, marketing, and financing.

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