Judith Aidoo began her career as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs, & Co. in the late 1980s. Currently, she is the Chief Executive of both Caswell Communications, Inc. in Charleston, SC, and the Aidoo Group Ltd. in New York City. She holds degrees from Rutgers College and Harvard Law School.
Elizabeth Klosty Beaujour
Elizabeth Klosty Beaujour is Professor of Russian and Comparative Literatures at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the widow of Michel Beaujour, Professor of French at NYU for more than 40 years. They began to collect African art in the early 60’s. Dr. Beaujour advises Africa House on African art programming and exhibitions.
Eddie Bergman is President of Innovative Development Services (IDS), a full service consulting firm focusing on tourism marketing and development as well as real estate management services in New York City. Eddie is also CEO of Proxima Hospitality Group, a restaurant management company which owns and manages Hill and Bay (Murray Hill, NYC).
Eddie co‐founded and serves as President of the Board of MCW (Miracle Corners of the World), an NGO devoted to empowering youth to make a positive change in their communities, with a special focus on Africa. Eddie was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the economic development program of the African Union in recognition of his service as Executive Director of the Africa Travel Association, a position he held for nearly a decade (2006-2015).
Eddie is also an adjunct instructor of social entrepreneurship at SUNY Stony Brook University. Eddie received his Masters from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major in Social Entrepreneurship and his Bachelors in Hotel and Tourism Management from NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar.
Eddie serves on the boards and advisory boards of several international organizations in the non-profit, education and travel and trade sectors, including Shared Interest, the International Crisis Group, NYU Africa House and NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has served on the boards of the Museum for African Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the Synergos Institute. He has received several humanitarian awards for his work, including the 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Robert Holmes is the founder of the Robert Holmes Travel and Research Award for African Scholarship. Through this scholarship, doctoral students studying the humanities and social sciences have been able to study abroad in Africa and visit important research sites. Robert E. Holmes earned a B.A. from Washington Square College in 1966, and a J.D. from NYU School of Law in 1969, prior to practicing law in the entertainment department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Music Group and President of its music publishing companies. Prior to his twenty-five years at Sony, Mr. Holmes was Vice President of the Arista Music Publishing Group and General Counsel of Motown Records and Filmworks.
Mr. Holmes was a recipient of NYU’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1998, and Washington Square College’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1992. He is also the past President of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and is an original co-founder of the Black American Law Students Association. Presently on the board of NYU’s Africa House, Mr. Holmes also served on the boards of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Liberace Foundation in Las Vegas.
Michael E. Thoyer
Michael E. Thoyer is a retired partner of Morgan Lewis LLP in New York City. He and his wife, Judith R. Thoyer, are founding members of Friends of the University of Ghana and the first contributors to Africa House. They have also generously supported the Thoyer Fellowship for African students and junior researchers.