Kofi Appenteng, chair of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees, is president and CEO of the Africa-America Institute. Founded in 1953, AAI’s mission is to promote enlightened engagement between Africa and America through education, training, and dialogue.
Appenteng is a partner at the West Africa Fund and Constant Capital (Ghana), and he chairs the boards of the International Center for Transitional Justice and Panbros Salt Industries. He is also a trustee of Greentree Foundation and the Instituto de Empresa Fund. He has 30 years of domestic and international experience as a corporate lawyer, investment banker, and board director and has been active with numerous civil society organizations throughout his career. In recognition of his work in business and philanthropy, he was named one of the Carnegie Corporation's “Great Immigrants: Pride of America” honorees in 2013.
Born in Ghana, Appenteng attended preparatory and public schools in England. He came to the United States in 1977 to attend Wesleyan University and later earned his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law.