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Board of Directors


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Liz Berry Gips
Chair of the Board,
African Leadership Foundation
Elizabeth Berry Gips has more than two decades of experience in the education sector. Currently, Liz is a consultant to The MasterCard Foundation's Education and Learning team. From 2010-2014, Liz served in leadership capacities at USAID. She served as USAID Coordinator of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Prior, she served as Senior Education Advisor to USAID in South Africa, where she designed education programs to build teacher capacity, working in partnership with the South African government and the private sector. From 2004-2009, Liz was the Executive Director and Program Director for Global Education Fund, a US non-profit which improves the lives of children living in poverty through community-based education programs. Liz serves on several Boards and Advisory Councils, including Teach for All, World Learning and Global Education Fund. She received a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Chris Bradford
President, African Leadership Foundation; Founder and CEO, African Leadership Academy

Chris Bradford is the founding president of the Foundation and co-founder and CEO at African Leadership Academy. Chris previously worked in brand management with the Procter and Gamble Company, as a teaching fellow at Oundle School in the UK, and as a Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He has a BA summa cum laude from Yale University and an MBA and MA in education from Stanford University.

Ed Brakeman
Managing Director, Bain Capital

Ed Brakeman joined Bain Capital in 1988 with an initial focus on private equity investments. Beginning in 1996, Ed was a co-founder and co-head of Bain Capital's public equity investment business, Brookside Capital. He retired from his full-time responsibilities as a Managing Director in 2005. Today, he continues to participate in several firm initiatives on a part-time basis. He and his wife, Amy, are engaged in other education and youth development initiatives in Africa. Ed has an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from the University of California Berkeley.

Alex Cummings
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Coca-Cola Company

Alex Cummings joined the Coca-Cola Company in 1997 as regional manager in Nigeria. Alex has served as the president of Coca Cola’s North and West Africa division as well as the president and COO of the Africa group, responsible for all operations in Africa. Alex was born in Liberia and previously served on the Advisory Board of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center, the Corporate Council on Africa, the African-America Institute, and the Center for Global Development's Commission on US Policy Toward Low-Income Poorly Performing States. Alex holds a BS in finance and economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in finance from Atlanta University.

Jon Cummings
Director, McKinsey & Company
Jon Cummings is a Director at McKinsey & Company and has been with the Firm since 1987. Jon began his career in Chicago and was in South Africa from 1994 to 2002, where he co-founded the Johannesburg Office and was the office manager for seven years. Jon currently is the leader of McKinsey’s Americas Packaged Goods practice and is based in New Jersey. Prior to joining McKinsey, Jon received his BA from Yale University and an MS from the London School of Economics.

Scott Eisner

President, US-Africa Business Center, US Chamber of Commerce
Scott Eisner is President of the U.S.-Africa Business Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also an officer at the Chamber serving as vice president. Eisner represents the Chamber's interests in Africa through its U.S.-Africa Business Center (USAfBC), the business community's leading advocacy group aimed at strengthening U.S.-Africa trade relations. He directs the strategic activities of the USAfBC as it engages with senior-level U.S. government officials, international business leaders, and African governments. In addition, he heads the Chamber's U.S.-South Africa Business Council and the U.S.-Cote d'Ivoire Business Council.

Temp Keller
Co-Founder & CEO, Templeton Learning

Temp oversees and plays an operating role in both WonderLab and Blyth-Templeton Academy. Both models have been largely informed by his work in 2012 as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Acton Academy, a private elementary and middle school in Austin, TX that aims to move learners (teachers and students) from receivers of knowledge to self-seekers of knowledge. Temp is the former Managing Director of Innovations for Learning, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that develops innovative technology to improve early elementary education. He is also the Founder, former President and Chairman of Resources for Indispensable Schools and Educators, a national nonprofit organization working to connect second-stage teachers with schools in low-income communities where they will be more likely to succeed and remain in teaching. Temp serves on several for-profit and non-profit Boards, including TK Capital, LLC, U.S. based manufacturing firms, as well as Kids Science Labs, a learning center providing hands-on science classes and camps to kids ages 2-12. He received his B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and his Masters in Business Administration from The University of Chicago.

Joan Lonergan
Head of School, Hewitt School

Joan Lonergan is the head of school emerita at the Hewitt School, an independent k-12 girls school in New York City. For nearly two decades prior to joining Hewitt, she was head of school at Castilleja, one of the most highly regarded schools for girls in the United States. Joan has also served on the NAIS Technology Task Force and was a director on the board of KIPP Bay Area Schools. Joan taught mathematics in public, private and parochial schools, has been a dorm master, administrator and served as director of the Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. She was also elected to three consecutive terms on the only fiscally autonomous public school board in New Hampshire. She co-founded and taught at Project Second Start in New Hampshire and has served as a director of the National Coalition of Girls Schools, St. Matthew's School in California, the Buckley School in NYC, and the Harvard University Alumni Association. She currently serves on the boards of The Caedmon School and the TEAK Fellowship in NYC. Joan studied at Vassar College and Stanford Business School and received a B.S. from UNH and a EdM from Harvard University.

Alan Main
Former President, Bayer Medical Care

Alan Main has responsibility for the Bayer HealthCare (BHC) family of medical device companies that includes Bayer Diabetes Care and MEDRAD, Inc. He was appointed President, Bayer Medical Care; President, Bayer Diabetes Care; Executive Vice President, Bayer HealthCare and to the BHC Executive Committee in July 2010. He also chairs the BHC Marketing Excellence Council, a cross-┬Čbusiness initiative to improve marketing effectiveness, and is an executive sponsor for the Women's Leadership Initiative which aims to increase female representation in top management as part of BHC's goal to increase diversity. Alan is also on the Board of AdvaMed, a global trade group comprised of leaders of medical device companies.

Richard Okello
Co-Founder and CEO, Sango Capital

Richard Okello co-founded and manages Sango Capital, an institutional private equity business backed by leading global investors that takes a 360-degree approach to African private equity. Sango invests in funds, direct transactions and bespoke vehicles structured alongside select private equity investors. Prior to Sango, Richard was a principal at Makena Capital Management, an $20 billion global private endowment, where he managed multiple portfolios that were substantially allocated to emerging markets and oversaw the research into new investment ideas. Prior to Makena, Richard was a partner at Bridgewater Associates a $150 billion global hedge fund. Richard was educated in Africa, UK, and US, receiving an MBA with Honors from Pace University, and a BA with Honors from Swarthmore College in three years. Richard sits on several African fund advisory boards and African corporate boards as well as the boards of Human Horizons USA, and the African Leadership Foundation.

Laura Waitz
Former Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Human Resources, Blackstone

Laura Waitz has more than three decades of human capital management experience. Most recently, she spent nine years as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Human Resources for Blackstone, the world's largest independent alternative asset manager. She held responsibility for all aspects of the firm's human capital strategy, including recruiting, performance assessment, talent development, succession planning, employee relations, mobility, reward and retention. Ms. Waitz's career has centered on human capital effectiveness in the financial services sector. Before joining Blackstone, she held leadership roles at Citi Alternative Investments as Managing Director & Global Head of Compensation. Prior to that Ms. Waitz worked for Deutsche Bank where she served as Head of Compensation for the Americas Region as well as Global Compensation Manager for Private Equity and the Investment Bank. She has also held HR roles at Societe Generale and Paribas. Ms. Waitz holds a BS in Special Education from Penn State University, and serves as an Advisory Board member of Summus Global.

Angela Zaeh
International Growth Manager, Facebook
Angela Zaeh is working on spreading Facebook around the world. As International Growth Manager, she has been taking Facebook to new markets starting with Germany in 2008, followed by Poland, Russia and more recently Korea and Japan. As a Product Manager, she is now focused on mobile and Facebook growth in emerging markets. Before Facebook, Angela spent time in Johannesburg with the African Leadership Academy founders to create the outreach and selection strategy, process and tools to selecte the first class of students. Previously, she was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group working on projects in Germany, the US and Korea and spent time in Uganda and Tanzania working on price risk management for coffee farmers with the German Organization for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the World Bank. Angela holds a degree from Passau University in Germany and an MBA from Stanford University.