Dr. Anne-Marea Griffin is an international development executive who has dedicated most of her professional life to African affairs, philanthropy and program management. After receiving her B.A. degree from Harvard University, attending Yale Graduate School and receiving a M.A. from Northwestern University she traveled to Africa where she has lived for the last fifteen years.
Her experience ranged from positions at UNICEF, Save the Children, Africare and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. While in Africa, she founded and managed a non-governmental organization (AHEAD, Ltd) in Uganda, where she continues to serve as Board Chair and Senior Adviser. Her early career began within the foreign policy arena in Washington D.C., beginning in the field of advocacy as Deputy Director of Transafrica, later moving to Capitol Hill, where she joined the ranks of professional consultants at the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa.
Since then, her senior level consultancy work has involved partnerships with major international philanthropic institutions such as the Ford Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies and The MasterCard Foundation.
Most of her professional experience has focused on leadership development, skills and self-esteem building for youth and the senior management of a wide range of signature initiatives that have built capacity for members of civil society and stakeholders from within and alliance with educational institutions in Africa. She has also demonstrated solid expertise in the area of grantmaking and donor development with work at the local level throughout South Africa as Co-ordinator of the Community Grants Program at the U.S. Consulate, Cape Town. Her skills also include strategic planning, program management, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, proposal writing and organizational development.
She has a doctorate in Business Administration focusing on international higher education management from the University of Bath (Bath, England). Her research analyzes organizational governance innovation and transformation within a case study institution located in South Africa.