The Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria, has announced the appointment of IFEYINWA UGOCHUKWU, formerly its director of partnerships and evaluation, as CEO. In her new role, Ugochukwu will focus on scaling the impact of the ten-year-old, $100 million Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program and on strengthening relationships between the African and global entrepreneurship ecosystems and will take responsibility for positioning TEFConnect — a digital networking platform — as the go-to hub for African entrepreneurs.
The Simons Foundation in New York City has announced the appointment of EUAN ROBERTSON as its first chief operating officer. Robertson comes to the foundation from Columbia University, where he advised senior faculty and administrators on issues of entrepreneurship, innovation, tech transfer, and real estate development. Prior to Columbia, he served in a variety of senior economic development roles under both the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations, most recently as chief operating officer of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to that, he served as COO of the MaRS Discovery District, a not-for-profit innovation campus in Toronto, and as COO of a London-based Internet startup, and was a technology strategist for both the UK National Health Service and the UK's largest privately owned electricity generator, British Energy Group plc.
The board of directors of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, has named board member KAREN BAYNES-DUNNING as its interim president and CEO, effective immediately. A former juvenile court judge, Baynes-Dunning has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged children, youth, and families. She was appointed to the juvenile court bench in Fulton County, Georgia, in 1998, serving in that position until 2002, and currently serves as the federal court-appointed monitor overseeing reform efforts at the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. The organization also announced that it has launched an initiative with TINA TCHEN — a former chief of staff for Michelle Obama and a leading voice behind the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund — to advise it on workplace culture issues.
The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation has announced the appointment of CHRISTINE M. PAMBIANCHI, executive vice president, people and digital, at Corning Inc., to its board of directors. Pambianchi joined Corning in 2000 as division human resources manager, Corning Optical Fiber, and went on to hold a series of senior human resources positions at the company. She was promoted to her current role in December 2018. Before joining Corning, Pambianchi worked at PepsiCo for ten years. She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and is president of the board of directors at the Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning, New York; a member of the board of trustees of the Corning Foundation; and a member of the advisory board of the Cornell Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies and the Dean's Advisory Board for Cornell's College of Industrial and Labor Relations.
The board of directors of the Nemours Foundation in Jacksonville, Florida, has announced the election of GEOFFREY ROGERS and RICHARD WALSH to the Nemours Foundation board. Rogers oversees the day-to-day operations of Glenmede Trust's Delaware office, which he launched in June 1999. Prior to joining Glenmede, he served as a vice president for Scudder Private Investment Counsel and also served as a vice president with the Wilmington Trust and Delaware Trust Companies, now operating as Wells Fargo. He is a member of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Nominating Committee and a board member of Washington College, Winterthur Museum (emeritus), Operation Warm, and the Delaware Business Roundtable; a past chair of the Board of the Delaware Bankers Association, the Sanford School, and the Estate Planning Council of Delaware, the planned giving committee of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington Renaissance; and the Wilmington Tax Group; and serves as a co-trustee of the Alfred I. duPont Charitable Trust. Walsh is chair and CEO of the Knob Hill Companies, a media, investment and strategic consulting firm in Orlando. Prior to founding Knob Hill, he served as senior vice president, corporate affairs at Darden Restaurants and was a founding member of the team that took Darden public in 1995. He currently serves on the board of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Seaside National Bank and Trust, Blue Orb Software Inc., ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, and LSQ Holdings, as well as on the University of Central Florida Foundation board, where he is leading the $500 million UCF Ignite Capital Campaign, and is a past chair of the Florida State Chamber of Commerce and chair emeritus of the UCF board of trustees.