Philomena A. Desmond-Ogugua
Trade an Investment Business Development, Government Relations
Philomena Desmond-Ogugua is an international development professional, promoting US-Africa trade and investment, advising investors and companies on doing business in Africa. Ms. Desmond has been very successful at building relationships and strategic partnerships between US investors and companies interested in exploring the African market. She is an accomplished executive with over twenty years of experience in Africa market entry, project and deal identification, investment facilitation, and in-depth work in infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, financial services, healthcare and the education sectors.
Ms. Desmond has a global corporate and government clientele that ranges from Nigerian State governments to clients in the United States, China, India, Nigeria, Guinea, Congo, Togo, Mali, DRC etc. In her business development capacity, Ms. Desmond is responsible for driving the development of new business opportunities through developing strategic relationships and joint ventures through integration and cooperation.
Previously, Philomena Desmond was a Senior Consultant for Business Women Network on International Business, where she headed their international product strategy, including international product research, brand development, and market entry strategy implementation. She was a member of the private sector coalition that lobbied for the passage of the Africa Growth and Opportunities (AGOA) act into law during President Jefferson Clinton’s administration and was invited by President Clinton to the White House to witness the first signing into law the AGOA Bill. She has organized numerous successful trade missions to Africa from the United States and vice versa. She was a member of the private sector delegation that traveled with then-President Jefferson Clinton during his State visit to Nigeria. She created business opportunities valued at over $500 million for her clients in the Peoples Republic of China, Republic of India, Republic of Guinea, Angola, Republic of Guinea Equatorial, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Federal Republic of Nigeria just to name a few.
She has consulted on Foreign Affairs for key politicians in Africa. She crafted their foreign policies and managed their international public relations. She was the lead coordinator for the government of Shandong province in the People’s Republic of China in 2000 on programs to foster better economic relations between the Shandong province, Peoples Republic of China and Africa. She has strong and indebts knowledge of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa especially the ECOWAS, COMESA and SADC regions. She has very strong relationships with the government of the Republic of Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo-Brazzaville, Republic of Angola, United Republic of Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome & Principe, Republic of Liberia, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, South Africa and the People Republic of China (PRC) just to name a few. She has also a very good and in-depth working knowledge of the United States of America having lived there for many years.
Philomena Desmond is an experienced leader and has led international advocacy and diplomacy groups that raised funds for various organizations through her global network. Ms. Desmond is an experienced corporate director and is on the board of numerous companies including, Good Custodian LLC, Horizon Africa Corporation, Hudson Consulting Group, Threadstone, Desmond Global Energy, Ogugua & Sons Ltd and Friends of the Children of Angola just to name a few. She is also a consultant to the Africa Business Roundtable and has been appointed a consultant to the Institute of Governance and Leadership in Abuja, Nigeria. She is also a precinct chair of the Democratic Party in Virginia (VADems, Prince William County) and appointed to lead Africans for the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council (NDECC) of the Democratic National Committee.
Ms. Desmond is a philanthropist and has a strong passion for helping the disenfranchised and the poor in society. She has helped raise awareness for various causes including the “Get out the Vote” campaign in various African countries and in the United States. She has been appointed as the liaison and representative of the International Cooperation Platform, Turkey (ICP), the organizers of the Bosphorus in Summit for Africa and the United States of America.
She received her undergraduate degree from Glassboro State University, in Glassboro, New Jersey with a concentration in Microbiology. She has a Masters degree in Business and Public Administration with a concentration in International Business & Public Administration from Southeastern University in Washington, DC.
- Vice-President and Founding Member, African Business Women Network
- Member, American/African Business Women Association
- Member, Association of Women in International Business
- Member, Nigeria Peoples Forum
- Vice-Chair, Friends of the Children of Angola
1992 & 1996: Bill Clinton Campaign team in the Commonwealth of Virginia and also part of the National Campaign team.
1999: Democratic National Committee Campaign Team for Vice President Al Gore Presidential Election
2003: John Kerry Presidential Campaign. National Delegate to the State of Ohio.
2005: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Campaign Team and Inauguration Planning Committee Member.
2007 & 2011: National Democratic Committee Campaign Team in the Commonwealth of Virginia for President Barack Obama election and re-election and Lead Campaigner of the Ethic Diaspora Africans.
2010: Professor Alpha Conde’s Presidential Campaign Team in Conakry, Republic of Guinea.
2015: Hilary Campaign Team and National Convention Team in Philadelphia
Presently, Member, National Democratic Ethic Coordinating Committee (NDECC) of the Democratic Party in charge of Ethnic Africans.
Coordinator, Membership and Mobilization, Women Caucus, Prince William County in Commonwealth of Virginia.