The David H. Miller Memorial Lecture
David H. Miller dedicated most of his professional life in service to Africa and was an early and energetic optimist on Africa’s business prospects–long before such optimism was in vogue. He graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Political Science and received an MA in Business Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After stints at USAID and OPIC in his early career, he helped found the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) in 1993 and served as its first CEO. Under his direction, CCA grew from an organization with six members, a limited budget, and one employee to an organization of over 210 members, an annual budget in excess of $3 million, and fourteen employees. Today, it remains the leading U.S. business association focused solely on connecting business interests in Africa.
David went on to launch his own consulting firm AfricaGlobal in 1999. Following his death in 2004, David’s friends and family established a foundation in his name, supporting the David H. Miller Endowment for African Studies at the Elliott School in furtherance of his vision of U.S.-Africa engagement. The annual David H. Miller Memorial Lecture brings high-profile speakers, including current and former U.S. government officials, experts, analysts, and opinion leaders to engage the GW and Washington policy community on contemporary African issues.
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy
The David H. Miller Endowment for African Studies was established by David’s close fraternity brothers in loving memory of his passionate life. The endowment represents David’s dedication to fostering economic development in Africa, love for his friends, and deep appreciation for the life he was able to lead as a student at GW. The legacy passed on to my children just ties a great big ribbon on the whole package. It is simply beautiful.