President and CEO
Florizelle (Florie) Liser is the third President and CEO of CCA. Ms. Liser brings expertise and an extensive network on trade and Africa to her new role, along with a strong track record of working with the private sector to translate policy into action. She is the first woman to lead the Council since its founding in 1993. Ms. Liser joined CCA from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she was the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa since 2003. At USTR, she led trade and investment policy towards 49 sub-Saharan African nations and oversaw implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Previously, Ms. Liser served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Industry, Market Access, and Telecommunications from 2000-2003. She also served as Senior Trade Policy Advisor in the Office of International Transportation and Trade at the Department of Transportation from 1987-2000; worked as a Director in USTR’s Office of GATT Affairs, and served as an Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Council (ODC) from 1975-1980.
Ms. Liser holds a M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Dickinson College.
Carla Battle serves as Director of the U.S.-Africa Business Summit 2015 which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 2-5. Carla has more than 20 years of experience in executing conferences across multiple sectors, including managing events in east and southern Africa. Carla attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
Kelly serves as the assistant to the CFO and has provided CCA with accounting support services since April 2011. She has a proven track record of managing special accounting systems, including CCA's current USAID grant system and chart of accounts. She has managed the financial and regulatory compliance aspects and helped the program achieve successful monitoring of costs and financial progress. Kelly also assists with daily accounting tasks and helps interprets financial reports for the CFO. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2010 from Virginia Commonwealth University and is well-versed in USAID cost accounting guidelines and financial and cash management.
Michaela serves as the Marketing Manager at CCA. She graduated Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Political Science, and a minor in French Language. She also studied in Beijing, China at the University of International Business and Economics. Before joining CCA, Michaela worked in Marketing and Public Relations in Washington D.C., and as a journalist in Nigeria, West Africa.
Morayor Essieh serves as the Tourism Program Manager at CCA. Previously, she worked under the Power Africa/Trade Africa grant funded by USAID and before that, she held a position in CCA’s Special Events and Marketing Department. Morayor graduated from Loyola University New Orleans where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations, and a minor in Sociology. Prior to CCA, Morayor served as a social media and web strategist.
Biova Kabine leads CCA's Finance Program. A graduate of Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense in Paris, France with a B.A. in Foreign Languages and International Business, Biova also holds a Masters in International Affairs from Penn State University with a focus on economic development policies, South-South cooperation, and Africa as a regional specialization. He has conducted in-depth research into the role of African security forces in economic development and democracy building, Chinese oil policy in Africa, and how the Asian Tigers’ economies can serve as a blueprint for African nations. He is fluent in French, Spanish, Ewe and Fon.
Director, Human Resources & Executive Assistant to the President
Hillary Lucas serves as the Director of Human Resources and Executive Assistant to the CCA president. These positions showcase her wide-ranging experience from Senior Sales Manager for Kimpton hotels to Protocol Officer for the Clinton White House Administration. At the White House, she gained a seasoned ability to work with diverse people, coordinate complex activities, plan, develop and execute sensitive programs. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Hillary brings a proven track record of managerial leadership and a commitment to the CCA cooperative U.S.-Africa bi-lateral efforts. Hillary's cross-cultural sensitivity uniquely qualifies her to work with CCA's African membership and support its president as a management team member.
Akaego serves as CCA’s Director of Membership providing member services to the organization’s member companies.
Before taking on the membership role, Akaego served as head of Legal and Corporate Affairs at EAN Aviation, a business aviation company which operates the first full service FBO and jet maintenance facility in Lagos, Nigeria. In helping to build the business, she served in various capacities including client relationship management, business development, event and conference management, and all legal aspects of the business.
Akaego obtained an LLB in Law from the University of Kent and LLM in International Commercial Law from University College London and is qualified to practice law in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Patricia Sheikh leads CCA's Agribusiness program, providing leadership for the agribusiness community. Pat served as Deputy Administrator for the Office of Capacity Building and Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service. In that capacity, she oversaw all global agricultural development and trade programs. She was also responsible for directing U.S. foreign policy objectives as they related to foreign assistance, including food aid.
One primary way we support members is by providing 'on-the-ground' support on the continent.
Director, Ethiopia and Africa Union
Asfaw Alemayehu is the Director for Ethiopia and the African Union at the Corporate Council on Africa. He is a creative business development professional with over 15 years of senior-level business development experience in the U.S. and East Africa. Asfaw has a significant U.S. - Africa trade policy experience and provides business development and market entry strategies for clients entering the Ethiopian market. Asfaw is familiar with the Ethiopian economic landscape and has done extensive work in the Ethiopian power, Oil and Gas, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. Prior to moving to Ethiopia in 2009, Asfaw was a Director of Member Services at the Corporate Council on Africa.
West Africa Program Director
Ekenem Isichei is the West Africa Program Director for the Corporate Council on Africa. He has distinctively served different local and international clients such as BG Group, BP North America, Marathon Oil, Accenture, Chevron, Procter and Gamble, Gates foundation, and Shell. Having functioned in Europe, Nigeria, United States, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago serving in various key such as Business Engagement Manager, Reliability Engineer, Business Performance Analyst, Project Manager, Risk Assessment Manager etc. He has a proven track record of delivering outstanding results and improvements in the areas of Business Strategy Improvements, Regulatory Compliance, Government and Public Affairs, Business Process Improvements and Project Management.
East Africa Programs Director
Sonia Mfasoni is the East Africa Program Director for the Corporate Council on Africa. In addition to sourcing and promoting business opportunities in the East African Community, she is responsible for forming and maintaining relationships between CCA and the East Africa business and public sector communities. Prior to covering East Africa, Sonia Mfasoni served as Small and Medium Business Linkages Program Manager for CCA’s USAID-funded U.S.-Africa Business Center. Engaging with the Small Business Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, and different US-Export Assistance Centers around the country, she worked closely with small and medium size enterprises eager to explore business opportunities in Africa. She first joined CCA in 2008, working closely with the Human Resources Director and the Special Projects and Events team.