Ms. Jeannine B. Scott has enjoyed a long-standing career focused uniquely on the African continent. She brings over 30 years of experience in the field of international development, spanning the private, non-profit, multi-lateral agency and US government sectors, both domestically and globally. She has traveled to and/or worked in some 40 countries in Africa; and has worked with numerous private and public organizations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Presently she is the Founder & Principal of America to Africa Consulting, LLC, (A2A). A2A focuses on brokering sound trade and investment linkages between American and African companies. Ms. Scott provides strategic guidance, policy advice and partnership facilitation across a variety of sectors including agri-business, energy and others. She also assists companies with their social responsibility initiatives in African countries.
From 2011-2016, Ms. Served as President of the U.S.–Angola Chamber of Commerce (USACC), a 25-year old organization which promotes trade and investment between the US and Angola. At USACC Ms. Scott provided strategic guidance for companies and investors; carried out trade missions; facilitated a number of business-related symposia across the U.S. and in Angola; and held policy dialogs with high-ranking officials as well as with businessmen from both the U.S. and Angola. She also provided linkages for capacity building and management training programs targeted especially towards SMEs and Local Content companies seeking to reach the next stage in business.
Prior to her USACC Presidency, (2003- 2010), Ms. Scott served as Senior Vice President of Africare, the oldest and largest African-American NGO uniquely focused on executing economic development and humanitarian programs across the continent of Africa. At Africare, she oversaw operations of over 200 projects, valued at some $200 million, in 24 African countries, as well as its offices then in Europe and Canada.
Before Africare, Ms. Scott served at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – the largest financial institution on the African continent – at its headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire for a decade. From 1998-2001 she held a political appointment under the Clinton Administration as Advisor and Alternate U.S. Executive Director to the Board of the African Development Bank. Earlier in her AfDB career Ms. Scott was a staff member of the Bank. She worked in project and portfolio operations continent-wide.
Her early career was with Africare where she served as: Country Representative for Senegal, with oversight of operations in The Gambia, Mauritania and Cape Verde; founder and Director of the Food for Development Program; and Program Manager.
Ms. Scott has served on a number of high-level working groups including: Co-Chair of the Inter-Action/UNHCR Humanitarian Working Group; the Center for Global Development’s High- Level Working Group on the African Development Bank; UK-US High- Level Working Group on African Women’s Empowerment; and as an advisor to the US Doctors for Africa First and Second African First Ladies Leadership Summits, among others.
Ms. Scott holds an A.B. degree from Vassar College in Political Science and Africana Studies and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University. She has also studied at the National Defense University, the Institute of Development Studies (UK), The Sorbonne, University of Paris I, the Institute of European Studies (France), and the University of Dakar (Senegal). Ms. Scott is fluent in French and knowledgeable of Portuguese.