The Board

Board Members


The U.S. Africa Bridge Board is designed to reflect and maintain a diverse, expert and multi-stakeholder representation. 

President and Founder | US-Africa Business Bridge

Joan Wadelton

Joan Wadelton is the President and Founder of the US-Africa Business Bridge.  She was previously in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State.  One of her significant achievements while at State was the creation of the African Women's Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) which has brought hundreds of leading African businesswomen to the United States for business training and matchmaking.

Sylvia Banda


Sylvia Banda of Zambia is a social entrepreneur and Managing Director of the Sylva Group of Companies, a Zambian agribusiness empire which encompasses catering, vocational and universal training, and export of agricultural products. Mrs. Banda is a 2020 recipient of the Zambian Presidential Insignia of Honor for her work in promoting nutritious traditional Zambian foods and the empowerment of rural farmers – and her “Zambian Cookbook” is a best-seller! Mrs. Banda is past President of the U.S. State Department’s African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program and also Chair for the Southern Region of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). Her businesses have reached rural farmers in Zambia, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

Mrs. Banda has won over 70 awards in recognition of her innovations and inventions – such as her solar food dryer – and her work toward the preservation and promotion of traditional Zambian cuisine.   She is a recipient of the Top 6 African Women Entrepreneurship Award of Kenya’s Enterprise Africa organization.  Mrs. Banda has been appointed to several boards, including that of the Industrial Development Corporation, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International, Agribusiness Incubation Trust, Lusaka Vocational Training, and the Zambia Investment Centre.  She is an Ashoka Fellow (for global changemakers).

Comfort Aku Adjahoe


Comfort Aku Adjahoe-Jennings of Ghana is the founder and CEO of Ele Agbe Company Ltd.  Ele Agbe, founded in 1996, produces shea butter body creams, soaps, lotion bars, body oils and lip balms that are exported to the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Japan.  Ele Agbe is a social enterprise that believes in giving back to society: it has trained 1000+ adults and schoolchildren, and it has also organized yearly medical missions with other partners to help the needy in the rural areas of Ghana.  As part of its social focus, Ele Agbe works with a network of women shea nut pickers and processors in northern Ghana, and has organized rural Ghanaian women into cooperatives to enable them to produce and supply products to the company. 


Mrs Adjahoe-Jennings is an alumna of the U.S. State Department’s African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program and is the co-founder, with her husband, Dr. Brian Jennings, of the Godhead Foundation, which currently focuses on mentoring leaders, young adults and the empowering of women and children.  She is the current President of the African Women`s Entrepreneurship Program for the West Africa Region and immediate past President of the Africa Women`s Entrepreneurship Program, Ghana Chapter.

The Team

Meet Our Team

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