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Established by Congress, the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee provides guidance and advice regarding EXIM Bank policies and programs designed to support the expansion of financing support for U.S. manufactured goods and services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Committee members advise the Bank on the development and implementation of policies and programs designed to support EXIM’s engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa with a view to boosting American exports and bolstering U.S. jobs.

Please click here to view the transcripts from the committee meetings.

SAAC Subcommittee Recommendations on EXIM’s Role in Prosper Africa

SAAC Subcommittee Recommendations on EXIM’s Role in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Healthcare, and Agriculture sectors in Africa.

EXIM 2019 Sub-Saharan Advisory Committee Members:


Daniel Runde
Senior Vice President, William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Washington, DC


Gary Blumenthal
World Perspectives, Inc.
Arlington, VA

Douglas Goehring
Commissioner of Agriculture
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
Bismarck, ND

Matthew Kavanagh
Federal Global Department Manager
POWER Engineers
Hailey, ID

Kusum Kavia
Co-Founder and President
Combustion Associates, Inc.
Corona, CA

Florizelle Liser
President and CEO
Corporate Council on Africa
Washington, DC

James O’Brien
Baker & McKenzie, LLP
Chicago, IL

Ejike Okpa
The Okpa Co.
Dallas, TX

Matthew Stewart
Consulting Partner; Insurance Broker
Securitas Global Risk Solutions, LLC
Wayne, PA

Paul Sullivan
Senior Vice President – International
Acrow Corporation of America
Parsippany, NJ

John Works
Director, Power & Renewable Energy, International Development Services
Mott MacDonald
Arlington, VA

For more information about the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee, please click here to view a Fact Sheet or email external@exim.gov.