viewpoint | 30 March 2017

Energy for a brighter future

Nigeria has one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas that can underpin substantial power generation, which in turn is a key driver of economic growth and a higher standard of living.

An expert’s view by Melissa Cook, Founder and Managing Director African Sunrise Partners LLC.

Melissa Cook, CFA, is the Founder and Managing Director of African Sunrise Partners LLC, a business intelligence and advisory firm. Ms. Cook spent 25 years conducting equity research for Wall Street firms including Prudential Securities, Lazard Asset Management, and CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. Ms. Cook holds an A.B. in History from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is a CFA charterholder.

In 2011, Ms. Cook founded African Sunrise Partners LLC to provide business intelligence and advisory services to investors and companies interested in doing business in sub-Saharan Africa. During over 40 trips to Africa, Ms. Cook has hosted meetings with business executives, policymakers, and investors in 16 countries. In 2014, Ms. Cook was appointed to a two-year term on the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.