Angelle Brigitte Kwemo – President & CEO, A Strategic Group LLC

The Cameroon Professional Society, CPS, is proud to recognize Ms. Angelle Brigitte Kwemo, an exemplary Cameroonian professional.

Ms. Angelle Brigitte Kwemo is the President  and CEO of A StrategiK Group LLC and holds a bachelor and an LLM degree in Economics Activity Law from the University of Rouen in France and a LLM degree in International Business Transactions and Human Rights Law from Washington College of Law at the American University in Washington DC. She started her career in France as one of the first African immigrants to work as an Associate in Bestaux, Pillard and Sevestre law firm. She returned to Douala, Cameroon in 1996 where, at the age of 28, she was one of the youngest executives in Douala, first serving as the Chief of the Maritime Claims and Disputes Department, and later as the General Counsel for Bollore Technology Group and Geodis Overseas, the largest French investors in West Africa. During that time, she dedicated her free time to teaching business and labor laws at the University of Technology of Douala Cameroon, assisting street children and women living with HIV-aids. Her desire for attaining global knowledge and fascination by the values and principles of democracy saw Ms. Kwemo to pursue the American dream.

Ms. Kwemo arrived in Washington, D.C. in 2001 with a few dollars in her purse, but big dreams in her heart for the future. She worked as a researcher at Oxfam America where she co-authored “Oxfam: Food Aid or Hidden Dumping”; served as an Assistant Professor at Washington College of Law; and volunteered at the World Bank Institute. Her determination to excel in international trade, agriculture and energy, the pillars of the 21st century’s economy, was rewarded in 2005 when she landed on Capitol Hill. As the energy, foreign affairs and trade policy advisor for former congressman William Jefferson (D-LA), she contributed to the release of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) white paper entitled, “Breaking the Oil Syndrome: Responsible Hydrocarbon Development in the Gulf of Guinea Countries in West Africa.” She also coordinated various caucuses, including the African Partnership for Economic Growth, the Middle East Partnership for Economic Growth and the U.S. Brazil caucuses. In addition, she worked on the extension of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) and on the passage of the Oman and Bahrain Free Trade agreements.

Until August 2012, Ms. Kwemo was the Legislative Counsel for Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Senior Member of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, and Ranking Member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. She handled trade, foreign policy, small businesses, healthcare, immigration and homeland security issues. Ms. Kwemo was instrumental in the U.S. Congress playing a key role in policy formulation on issues affecting the global economy.

Ms. Kwemo has received a number of recognitions for her exemplary work. In 2005, she was featured in the political magazine, RollCall, as “The Climber”. In 2008, she was featured as one of the top five of the “50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill.” In 2011, African Immigrant Journal named her as one of the top 10 U.S. Africans Making an Impact. She also has received a Citation for her leadership on African Diaspora issues from Maryland’s Governor O’Malley. In 2012, she received the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business Leadership Award” by the Minority Business Magazine and was named as one of the “World’s Most Influential Africans in the Diaspora” by the Paris-based Africa 24 Magazine. Her inspiring story was featured on Voice of America TV (VOA) and on the French ‘the Parliamentary Channel’ and in various French magazines.

Ms. Kwemo was born in Cameroon and currently resides in McLean, Virginia with her daughters, Rehana and Yoali. She is fluent in English, French, Creole and several African languages. Between her church and family commitments, Ms. Kwemo is driven by the desire of having an impact on her generation, which will inevitably set the wheels in motion for the next generations.

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