Kofi Appenteng, Esq.

Board of Directors

Kofi Appenteng, senior counsel at Dentons, is chair of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. He is chair of the board's Management and Governance Committee and a member of the Executive; Finance; Nominating; and Democracy, Rights and Justice Committees. Previously he was a partner in the West Africa Fund, a private equity fund focused on investing in the West African region. Prior to co-founding the West Africa Fund, Mr. Appenteng was a partner at the New York City law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood, where he had a general corporate practice and was a member of the firm's Corporate and Financial Institutions Practice Group.

He is a director of the Panbros Salt Industries Ltd. and Intravenous Infusions Ltd. Mr. Appenteng is a member of the boards of directors of the Africa-America Institute (Chair); the Instituto de Empresa Fund, Inc; and the University of Cape Town Fund, Inc. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Instituto de Empresa and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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.