Katie Jenkins is Founder and CEO of Teutizoku LLC. She is a Certified Global Business Professional who coordinates high differentiation and high integration simultaneously for clients. A solution-oriented, critical thinker, Katie faces every challenge as a puzzle and works relentlessly to drive opportunities forward. Katie’s varied work experiences help her speak the language of multiple disciplines and unite groups to function together for profit and purpose. Working for her family construction and farm businesses, she learned to speak the language of industry. A career in urban planning taught her to speak the language of development. As a financial advisor who did cold door-to-door residential and business prospecting, she learned the language of sales and finance. Liaising between constituents, elected officials, and government departments for a city manager’s office taught her the language of politics.
Combining a love of Africa with her varied work experiences makes Katie the ideal project developer and integrator for companies expanding to the continent. Katie has been traveling to Africa for nearly 10 years, including her longest stint working as a monitoring and evaluation officer in Uganda. Katie earned an M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning and a Master of International Public Affairs from University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed specialized studies in China, Thailand, India, and Mexico. She also has certificates in mediation and economic development.
Francesca Fondse is an entrepreneur with immense vision, an author, and a designer of various social impact projects. She is Founder and CEO of the ANGELUS brand of companies, including De Angelus Estates in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, the only privately-owned member to the UN Global Compact. She is a member of Southern Africa Netherlands Economic Council and was instrumental in the 2015 Dutch trade mission to South Africa by Premier Mark Rutte. She has been featured on the cover of various magazines, including Woman Entrepreneur and Woman on Top.
Francesca follows in the footsteps of her parents who played active humanitarian and empowerment roles during their lives. She served as an MP to Women’s Parliament from 2010-2012. The Parliament of South Africa appointed her National Champion for Women in 2016, and in 2018 selected her to be an Albertina Sisulu Woman of Fortitude. Charged with leading the women of South Africa to empowerment, she founded and chairs Women Integral Impact Network (WIIN) which has worked with the International Labour Organization to teach hundreds of women construction skills and employ them on projects like her Angelus Village Developments.
Nnedi Ifudu Nweke counsels companies and individuals on U.S. laws and policy affecting cross border transactions, including export control laws, economic sanctions and trade embargoes, anti-boycott, anticorruption, and anti-money laundering laws. Nnedi represents clients in trade matters before various U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury. She has helped clients in various industries to effectively manage due diligence reviews in connection with investment fund formation, mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Nnedi advises clients on how to respond to U.S. government investigations, develop and implement compliance policies and procedures, prepare voluntary self-disclosures, and conduct internal reviews, audits and investigations.
Nnedi maintains an active pro bono practice, and, in December 2020, she joined the board of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a D.C.-based non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting U.S. policy toward the Americas based on engagement and mutual respect. Nnedi also serves on the Steering Committee of Akin Gump’s Africa Initiative, a cross-practice group of Akin Gump attorneys working on matters involving the region and who are interested in the continent as the next frontier for expanding legal work.
Shawn Marie Jarosz is the founder of TradeMoves and the company’s Chief Trade Strategist. TradeMoves is proud to be a 2020 recipient of the President’s “E” Award for Export Service. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Her tenure in international trade spans nearly 25 years managing global sourcing/ supply and customs issues on behalf of US companies of all sizes and trade priorities for US industry associations. Shawn found her calling in international business overseas where she worked in Moscow for the US Embassy and then Amoco Eurasia Petroleum Company. After leaving Russia, she worked for Chrysler Corporation’s DC office supporting efforts to gain market access for American-made products.
Shawn is a licensed US Customs broker, Certified Customs Specialist, and cleared advisor to the US Trade Representative on trade issues affecting US small- and minority-businesses (immediate-past Chair, Industry Trade Advisory Committee/ITAC 9). From 2012 to 2014, Shawn sat on the board of Women in International Trade (WIIT), the premier non-partisan, professional organization in Washington, DC committed to enhancing the careers of current and aspiring professionals involved in international trade and business through education and networking.
Sasaenia Paul Oluwabunmi has extensive experience in business development, infrastructure finance and operations at multinationals and international organizations. This spans spearheading a successful market re-entry strategy in 18 months (after 8 years of previous unsuccessful attempts), leading several project teams across 10 African countries and having regular interactions with the C-Suite as well as Government Ministers. Paul started his career at Nestle S.A, Nigeria as an Electrical Engineer and also worked at Glaxo Smith Kline, United Kingdom as an Automation Engineer. He currently works at OPEC Fund as a Country Manager in the West & Central Africa Region. Prior to this, he had oversight of countries in Eastern & Southern Africa, as well as Asia & the Pacific. Paul is a Project Management Professional (PMP holder) and a British Chartered Engineer (CEng).
In his current role, he leads appraisal teams for several projects – across Angola, Cape Verde, Eq. Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Namibia, Sao Tome and Sierra Leone – including economic/financial modeling, sector analysis and procurement supervision. Overall, he manages a portfolio of infrastructure investments worth USD 500 Mn+ across multiple sectors in partnership with the World Bank, United Nations, African Development Bank, Saudi Fund, Kuwait Fund and other bi/multi-laterals. Additionally, Paul has held multiple ambassadorial appointments with think-thanks such as Salvage Africa, Carrington Youth Fellowship of the US Consulate in Nigeria, World Business Dialogue, One Campaign, One Young World, TED, Impactr, World Economic Forum and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.