The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Technical Director of Partnerships and Investments for ACDI/VOCA and its affiliate AV Ventures, as the newest member of the CCA’s Board of Directors, Class of 2026. This strategic appointment, effective January 1, 2024, marks a significant milestone in the CCA’s ongoing efforts to enhance economic and business relations between the United States and the African continent.

Bujorean brings a wealth of investment and entrepreneurial expertise, subject matter depth and breadth, and a vast network of high-level executives and government relationships in Africa and the U.S. to the CCA Board. He recently designed and launched the Roots to Foods podcast, which aims to provide African entrepreneurs with practical support and insights into the most relevant scalable technologies. Bujorean is a former venture capitalist and designer of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Network, the flagship program of the U.S. Department of State, active in 135 countries. He holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

“I am thrilled at Ovidiu’s appointment to the CCA Board. He has the full support of the leadership and staff of ACDI/VOCA and AV Ventures and will bring both organizations’ deep expertise and networks in market systems development as well as his personal history developing and implementing entrepreneurship ecosystems to this role. The working relationship between our organizations through the CCA is a tremendous opportunity for the partnership between the U.S. and Africa in advancing food security and resilience and aligns with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 aspiration for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.”

— Sylvia J. Megret, President & CEO, ACDI/VOCA

ACDI/VOCA—a global non-profit development design and delivery partner addressing issues of food security, economic prosperity, and social inclusion through locally driven market solutions—has implemented 53 inclusive market projects totaling more than USD 1 billion across Africa. AV Ventures is ACDI/VOCA’s impact investing subsidiary, providing innovative, catalytic financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with strong potential for growth and impact in Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America. Bujorean is currently leading fundraising efforts for the AV Ventures Africa SME Fund (AVAS), a USD 60-million impact fund for African SMEs operating in the intersection of food systems, climate adaptation, financial inclusion, and gender equity. The Fund’s primary countries of focus are Ghana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique.

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is the leading U.S. business association focused solely on connecting business interests in Africa. Established in 1993 to promote business and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa, CCA serves as a neutral, trusted intermediary connecting its member firms with the essential government and business leaders they need to do business and succeed in Africa. CCA uniquely represents a broad cross-section of member companies from small and medium-size businesses to multinationals as well as U.S. and African firms. Our members are invested in Africa’s most promising sectors including agribusiness, energy, finance, health, ICT, infrastructure, security, tourism and trade facilitation.

Read the full CCA press release here.