Melissa Cook, CFA
Melissa Cook, CFA, is founder and managing director of African Sunrise Partners LLC. She is a longtime proponent of investing and doing business in Africa. Since 2007, Ms. Cook has made more than 45 trips to 16 countries on the continent. She offers research and advisory services to institutional investors and companies and is particularly interested in countries undergoing significant political and economic change. Ms. Cook has more than 30 years of global research and business experience. Before starting her work in Africa, she had a front-row seat watching the emergence of new economies in Eastern Europe and China. Ms. Cook covered several sectors as an equity analyst at Wall Street firms, including Drexel Burnham Lambert, Prudential Securities, and CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. She has also served as head of Global Research at Lazard Asset Management. Ms. Cook was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. She holds FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63, 86, and 87 licenses. Ms. Cook has an AB degree in history from Dartmouth College and an MBA in finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.