AFG Board of Directors

Javade Chaudhri

Javade Chaudhri is Partner-in-Charge Middle East/Africa Region for Jones Day, a law firm of 2600 lawyers located in 44 business centers in 19 countries. He has worldwide experience in helping private and public sector companies transact business and undertake projects in a range of industry sectors and geographies—including Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He also served for 10 years as the general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief environmental officer for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 company with gas and electric utilities in the United States, Mexico, and South America as well as fossil-fuel and renewable energy power plants, natural gas, and LNG businesses and a worldwide commodities trading business.

In addition to his corporate work, Javade has advised governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations on transactions and large programs. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards working on education, development, and the rule of law. He is a faculty member at many institutions in the United States and around the world.  Javade was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya.

Laura Kane

After graduating from Amherst College, Laura Kane worked in project financing at an investment bank before segueing into the art world. Her husband, Mark Pinney, was born in Nairobi. In addition to being a board member, she is chair of the American Friends of Gatoto Development Committee.

Stuart Kerr

Stuart Kerr is Counsel for Africa at the international law firm Jones Day. He has 35 years of experience in law and international development. This includes 15 years as Executive Director of the International Law Institute, a 60 year old NGO active in over 175 countries, and 10 years as Legal and Regulatory Director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Government’s innovative international development agency. His work—in more than 50 countries—has focused on judicial reform, trade agreements, alternative dispute resolution, and anticorruption.

Stuart’s first visit to Kenya was in 1977, and he has returned to Africa to work on legal technical assistance projects throughout the continent over 30 times since then. He has served on the boards of academic organizations, foundations, NGOs, and bar groups in the U.S. and internationally. He speaks and publishes regularly on law and development issues.

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards is the founder of Acorn Media Group and formerly its CEO and Chairman. He founded the company in 1986 in his basement. By 2012, when he sold Acorn Media, the company was operating subsidiaries in North America, the UK, and Australia/New Zealand; owned approximately two thirds of Agatha Christie Limited; and had 11 films in production for PBS’s Mystery! Series.

Peter has served on numerous Boards, including Refugees International, Board of Directors; Trinity College, Board of Fellows; Maret School, Washington, DC, Board of Trustees; and the Folger Library, Board of Governors. While Chairman of Acorn Media, he led the creation and execution of a three-year reforestation effort in Kenya through which Acorn Media, working with Care Kenya, funded the planting of more than 300,000 trees in Nyanza Province.

David Morgan

David Morgan is SVP Business Development L’Oréal USA with previous experiences including international and regional roles based in Paris, including exposure to Kenya.

Joel P. Trachtman

Joel P. Trachtman is Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and directs its LLM Program in International Law. The author of ten books and over a hundred scholarly articles and chapters on international economic law, Joel has served as a member of the Boards of the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, and the Journal of International Economic Law.  A frequent commentator on trade law issues, he has consulted for numerous governments and organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the OECD, and has been a visiting professor at Basel, Hamburg, Harvard, Hebrew, Hong Kong, and Pretoria Universities.

Wayne Levenfeld

Wayne Levenfeld and his wife, Tina share a long established tradition of charitable giving and board service.  Currently, Wayne is the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Los Gatos JCC, and while Tina is a board member of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, of which the Levenfelds are the lead sponsor.  Their visit to Gatoto in 2019 inspired Wayne to join the AFG board in hopes of helping the school continue its success.

Wayne has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1968, where he has been involved in all aspects of the commercial real estate business, including the purchase, sale, and operation of hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, and residential rental properties.

He received an B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1970.

Will Gangware

Will Gangware is an Associate at McKinsey & Company, which he joined in 2019 after earning a dual MBA and Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. Before graduate school, Will worked across the public and private sectors, beginning his career at a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. He later joined the U.S. Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Afghanistan to facilitate economic development, and worked as a counter-terrorism analyst for the NYPD Intelligence Bureau. Will received a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University.  In addition to regular board duties, he will also serve as co-Treasurer.