Amini Kajunju becomes first African CEO of the Africa-America Institute
Amini Kajunju, President and CEO Africa-America Institute. PHOTO/Dani Wang/The Dartmouth
(PR Newswire) – The Africa-America Institute (AAI), today announced the appointment of Amini Kajunju to the position of President and CEO of the New York-based international organization dedicated to advancing education and professional training for Africans, and promoting engagement between Africa and America through education, training and dialogue.
Kajunju, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the first African ever to serve at the helm of the oldest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.
As President and CEO, Kajunju will lead in transforming the nearly 60-year-old education and policy organization into an innovative, vital hub of African talent, a convening forum for leading thought leaders and scholars on issues related to Africa, and a repository of extensive history, research and information on the continent.
She succeeds Mora McLean, who stepped down after 16 years of outstanding leadership.
Kajunju will be responsible for driving a new strategic vision and direction for AAI’s programming and strengthening its engagement with 23,000 AAI alumni and partners in Africa and the United States.
Prominent AAI alumni include Wangari Maathai, the late Kenyan environmental and women’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate; Namibia’s Prime Minister Nahas Angula; and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D’Ivoire.
With 20 years of experience in entrepreneurial and economic development, Kajunju served most recently as CEO of Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO), a New York-based nonprofit small business development service provider serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
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