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Africa and the Middle East
Africa Track Speakers
Salih Booker is the Executive Director of Africa Action, the recent merger of the American Committee on Africa, the Africa Fund and the Africa Policy Information Center. Africa Action has just released a new report, "Africa Policy for a New Era: Ending Segregation in U.S. Foreign Relations."
Previously he served as Director of the Africa Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, as Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in Eastern and Southern Africa, and as a staff member dealing with international relations in Congress.
Mr. Booker was educated at Wesleyan University, the University of Ghana, and the London School of Economics.
Imani Countess is Africa Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee's Peace Building Unit, a creative initiative that includes their Africa Peace with Justice Educational Tour.
Previously she served as outreach director for Shared Interest, a social investment fund established to assist community development projects in South Africa. She has also served as Senior Fellow of the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC), coordinating their innovative study on development of a long-term constituency for Africa; as Congressional Liaison Officer for the Africa Development Foundation; and as Executive Director of the Washington Office on Africa.
Ms. Countess studied at the University of Maryland and Howard University.
Bill Fletcher, Jr., is the President of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for policies in favor of the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. The 25-year-old TransAfrica was key in the anti-apartheid struggle.
Previously he served as Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the George Meany Center and as Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. At the Meany Center, he worked with foreign labor centers, aiding them in matters of education and organizational change, as well as working to construct stronger ties between respective educational institutions. He brought broad experience in the labor movement to these responsibilities, having gotten his start in the labor movement as a rank and file member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America.
A graduate of Harvard University, he has authored numerous articles published in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He is also the co-author of the pictorial booklet: The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941.
Yao Graham, a Ghanaian national, has worked for Third World Network-Africa since its establishment in 1994. For more than two decades he has been involved in the global democratic and economic justice movements, both in Ghana and in the UK. In Ghana he has been involved in work with labor and student movements; during his years in the UK, in the solidarity work for national liberation movements, especially in Africa. He has written extensively on Ghanaian and African development issues.
Dr. Rogate Mshana is the Economic Justice Program Executive responsible for advocacy work in Economic Globalization for the World Council of Churches, based in Geneva. Previously he served as Secretary for Planning and Development and Deputy Secretary General for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. He was a founder of the Tanzania Coalition on Debt and Development and is a member of the Jubilee South movement. He has served as a consultant to the All African Conference of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation.
An economics graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam, he earned his masters in development economics in England and his doctorate in Germany.
In his current position he organizes consultations on the neo-liberal economic paradigm, trade and finance as well as encounters with the global financial community and faith groups.