Founder & Managing Director, Member - President Barack Obama Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa
Melissa Cook is the Founder and Managing Director of African Sunrise Partners LLC, a research and advisory firm. Ms. Cook is a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. The PAC-DBIA includes fif-teen senior executives, investors, and experts who advise President Obama on how to expand US corporate and investment activity on the continent.
Ms. Cook has over 25 years of global research experience at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Prudential Securities, and CLSA/Crédit Agricole. At CLSA, Ms. Cook was the Head of AsiaUSA Strategy, where she analyzed the impact of Chi-na’s rise on global markets and China’s strategy for developing new markets. She was a Managing Director and Head of Global Research at Lazard Asset Management.
Ms. Cook has an A.B. degree in History from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is a CFA charterholder.