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William Fanjoy

External Committee Member

William Fanjoy brings more than 35 years’ experience in Africa trade, investment and project development with the U.S. Department of Commerce, World Bank, USAID, the U.S. Embassy, Peace Corps and several Africa-focused firms. He has successfully led clients to multiple markets in Africa, and served as Acting Senior Commercial Officer to Ghana, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Jordan, Kuwait and Kenya. Bill spent three years on water-management construction projects in Mali, West Africa, and three years managing a large Wildlife Park in the Congo. He founded the Play and Learn Foundation, USA, a Girls and Boys Community Center Program in Ghana, and authored “How to Establish and Operate Wildlife Parks in Africa” (for Wildlife Conservation Society), “Congolese Local Labor and Tax Law” (for Jane Goodall), “How Hershey Brought Its Miracle Food to Ghana” (for Ghana Business News) and “The Ruble Devaluation: U.S. Business in Nizhny Novgorod”.

Bill read Mondiant’s book and wanted to get involved. He saw Mondiant Initiative as an opportunity to institutionalize the remarkable journey to success Dogon has experienced, so other refugees may follow.

Bill is a second-born identical twin. In Bill’s recounting, “In West Africa, that would mean I’m the first-born twin, since I was responsible enough to remain in my mother’s womb to make sure my younger brother had left.”