Teresa Clarke

Teresa Clarke, Chair and Executive Editor of Africa.com since its founding more than ten years ago, was the first African-American woman named managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co.

Ms. Clarke, an expert on African investment, served on President Obama’s Advisory Board on Doing Business in Africa.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Leadership Council of the New York Women Corporate Directors.  A frequent lecturer on the topic of African investment, she has lectured at the following business schools, among others: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Wharton, Stanford, Oxford, and Lagos Business School.

Named one of the Top 25 Women in Business, she currently serves on the board of directos Audit Committee of American Tower, (NYSE:AMT), and Arthur J. Gallagher (NYSE:AJG).  She is the former board chair of Australian fintech, Change Financial (ASX:CCA) and she served on the board of Cim Finance (SEM:CIM), a financial services company.

Ms. Clarke founded the Student Sponsorship Programme of South Africa, which has awarded over $20 million in scholarships to South Africa’s high performing high school students.  She chairs the US board of the Legal Resources Centre, the largest public law organization on the continent of Africa, which employs nearly 100 attorneys and staff working human and civil rights matters.  

Ms. Clarke earned an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.