Kofi Appenteng, Esq.

Board of Directors

Kofi Appenteng is the President and CEO of the Africa-America Institute, and has 30 years of domestic and international experience as a corporate lawyer, investment banker and board director. He previously served as Senior Counsel at Dentons, a global law firm with more than 75 offices in 50 countries; and is a Senior Advisor to The Rock Creek Group, a global investment and advisory firm.

Throughout his career, Mr. Appenteng has been active with numerous civil society organizations. Aside from serving on the board at ICTJ, he is currently the Chair of the Board of the Ford Foundation. In recognition of his work in business and philanthropy, he was named a “Great American Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation in 2013.

Born in Ghana, West Africa, Mr. Appenteng attended preparatory and public schools in England before coming to the U.S.A. in 1977 to attend Wesleyan University. Mr. Appenteng graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in 1981 and he received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984. He then began his career as a corporate lawyer and, in 1994, became the first Black African to become a partner at a major New York City law firm.