Private Sector Engag't, Proper Africa
William (Bill) Fanjoy is the Managing Director for Domestic Commercial
Engagement for Prosper Africa, a U.S. Government-led initiative which aims to
substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States
and Africa. He actively coordinates strategic engagement and outreach to U.S.
companies to increase trade and investment in Africa.
Previously, Bill was the Department of Commerce’s Director of U.S. Export
Assistance Centers in Virginia and Washington, DC. He led a team of Senior
International Trade Specialists in structuring firm trade deals and long-term
trade models for U.S. companies to enter international markets. His regional
expertise is Africa, where he successfully led U.S. business and trade missions, and, subsequently, served
as Acting Senior Commercial Officer to Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait and Jordan.
Prior to the Department of Commerce, Bill worked with several Africa-focused firms and agencies,
including the World Bank, The Mitchell Group, Chemonics International and the Wildlife Conservation
Society. He spent three years on water-management construction projects in Mali and three years
managing a large Wildlife Park in the Congo. He also 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) and “How Hershey Brought Its Miracle Food to Ghana” (for Ghana Business News).