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Dana Reed is the Interim CEO of The Africa Center. Most recently, Dana was the CEO of PanAfrican Investment Co., a private investment company that made impact investments in SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa. She grew the company from inception to ten employees with a portfolio of seven SMEs. Prior to joining PIC, Dana was a Managing Director at Semper Capital, a structured credit asset management company with $1.5 billion AUM. Her responsibilities included marketing, product development, and strategic growth of the firm. Before Semper, she was an investment banker at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. Dana began her career as a Fellow at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. She received a BBA in International Business from Howard University and a MBA from Howard University. She is a Trustee at BrightPoint Health and Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Dana was appointed by New York Governor Paterson to serve as a Director of the Harlem Community Development Corp. and continues to serve in that capacity today. She is an active member of the African Leadership Network and received the 2013 CUP Catalyst for Change: Finance Award. Dana is a frequent speaker at industry events in both the US and in Africa and has appeared on TheStreet.com and Arise TV. 

Dr. Rahsaan Harris is the President and CEO of the Emma Bowen Foundation. Established in 1989, the Emma Bowen Foundation is dedicated to creating career opportunities in the media industry for youth of color through programs that focus on academic achievement, direct work experience and professional development. Together with over 40 corporate sponsors, the Foundation currently supports more than 200 students each year through an internship program for students of color working in media companies across the country. The fellows work in a variety of capacities, including the business of media (e.g., sales, HR, PR, community relations), innovation of media (e.g., technology, engineering, digital media), and content of media (e.g., production, news, journalism). Dr. Harris has more than 15 years of direct experience working in philanthropy and nonprofits. Dr. Harris received his doctorate in Public and Urban Policy from the New School, where his dissertation was on understanding how socio-economic diversity in the African-American community affects their philanthropic interests. He also holds master’s degrees in Management and High School Science Education from New York University and Columbia, respectively, and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.


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