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Tony Elumelu foundation announces new CEO




By: Mathias Amoah- Daily Express

The Board of Trustees of the Tony Elumelu Foundation announces the appointment of Professor Reid E. Whitlock as new Chief Executive of the Foundation. His appointment takes effect from 15th February 2015.

A statement from the foundation stated that Professor Whitlock’s appointment follows Dr Wiebe Boer, the inaugural Chief Executive of the Foundation becoming Director of Strategy at Heirs Holdings.

According to the statement the foundation founded in 2010 by Tony O. Elumelu, C.O.N. to become Africa's leading advocate for entrepreneurship, responsible for programmes designed to ensure that entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship become the primary driver of Africa's economic growth and social transformation.

‘Professor Whitlock brings thirty years of experience as a business school rector, diplomat, entrepreneur, strategy consultant and advisor to leaders in Africa, Asia and the Middle East on economic development,’ it added.

The foundation said Professor Whitlock received his Ph.D. and law degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University.

Commenting on Professor Whitlock's appointment, the founding Patron of the Foundation, Professor Michael Porter said, "Tony’s commitment to African entrepreneurship is unshakeable and I salute the appointment of Professor Whitlock as the CEO of his Foundation.  Professor Whitlock has unique experience in driving competitiveness and entrepreneurship growth in Africa, including in Rwanda that has achieved remarkable progress. I look forward to continuing to support Tony, as he furthers Africa's revival through the great work of the Tony Elumelu Foundation."

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tony Elumelu said, "As Dr. Boer becomes Director of Strategy for Heirs Holdings, I want to thank him for the leadership he has provided, helping transform the Tony Elumelu Foundation from just an idea into a preeminent global philanthropic institution.  I welcome Professor Whitlock, who brings considerable global experience in the private, public, and academic sectors, which will significantly assist in realising the mission of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, in empowering Africa's next generation of entrepreneurs and driving the continent's economic and social transformation."

Speaking on his appointment, Professor Whitlock stated “I am honoured by the opportunity the Board of Trustees has given me. I am excited to join such a dynamic institution, with a truly pan-African focus and an ambitious agenda.  I look forward to leveraging my extensive experience and networks to further help the Foundation achieve its important goals."

Dr. Whitlock will focus on supervising the foundation's four key projects and programmes.

The programmes are the US$100 million pan-African Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme – Africa’s largest direct intervention in support of entrepreneurship; and the Africapitalism Institute, the Foundation's policy and research arm, which provides a rigorous programme of research and advocacy, in support of the Foundation’s goals.

The others are the Elumelu Nigeria Empowerment Fund, directly assisting, through private sector strategies, conflict affected and disadvantaged communities across Nigeria; and the Tony & Awele Elumelu Prize, which champions academic excellence on the African continent.

Professor Whitlock will be supported by the foundation's senior leadership team.

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