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Melvin Foote

December 10, 2023 - Sunday: GDForum - Northern and Central America and the Caribbean (8:00pm-10:00pm GMT)

Melvin P. Foote has worked on African issues for more than 40 years. He is well known across Africa, and is highly respected by opinion-makers and decision-makers in Washington, D.C. for his work with Africa over many decades. Mr. Foote is the Founder and President of the Constituency for Africa, (CFA), a 32-years old Washington, D.C. based not-for-profit organization that advocates for Africa in the United States and throughout the Diaspora. The mission of CFA is to educate the public about Africa and African development issues, and help to shape U.S. policies towards Africa. Mr. Foote also is the founder of the African American Unity Caucus (AAUC), which was established in 2002. The AAUC is a network of African-Americans, African immigrants, and others of African descent, who are leaders of Africa-focused organization or who are leaders in mainstream organizations with interest in Africa. Mr. Foote also operartes a private consulting practice, Africa Advisory Services, LLC, which works with clients to support a range of business initiatives in Africa. Mr. Foote is the recipient of numerous high level awards and honors! In October 2021, Mr. Foote was decorated by the Government of the Republic of Mali, as a “Knight of the National Order”, for his outstanding work in support of Mali and the African continent, over many years. He was similarly honored by the Government of Senegal in 1998.

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