Florizelle Liser

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.

Currently, she is a member of the Advisory Council for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Advisory Committee and Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee for the Export-Import Bank (EXIM), and a Board member with the Women in International Trade (WITT). 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.

Hillary Lucas

Director, Human Resources & Executive Assistant to the President
Phone: 202.263.3505

Ellen Thorburn

Senior Advisor to the President
Phone: 202-449-9684

Akaego Okoye

Director, Member Relations
Phone: 202.261.3624

Biova Kabine

Program Director
Phone: 202.263.3506

Carla Battle

Director, Conferences & Events
Phone: 202.263.3517

Morayor Essieh

Program Manager
Phone: 202.263.3534

Kelly Burton

Senior Accountant
Phone: 202.263.3520

Olaotan Awoyomi

African Marketing Specialist
Phone: 202.263.3531


One primary way we support members is by providing 'on-the-ground' support on the continent.

Asfaw Alemayehu

Program Director, Ethiopia and African Union

Ekenem Isichei

Program Director, West Africa

Sonia Mfasoni

Program Director, East Africa