Mr. Campbell will advance GFCC initiatives and partnerships in Africa
The GFCC is honored to announce Mr. C. Derek Campbell as our new Distinguished Fellow. Mr. Campbell has a long and distinguished career as a senior executive, leading operations in the public and private sectors. He is an experienced professional in the African marketplace, connecting technologies and capital to the continent, focusing on the energy, extractive industry, and security fields, with a track record in advising global investments.
The GFCC warmly welcomes Mr. Campbell's engagement and plans to facilitate projects in Africa, bringing new competencies and networks to play, while also leveraging and building upon the GFCC’s existing fellows across the Continent. "Global competitiveness and prosperity in the 21st century is intimately linked to engaging and supporting leaders in Africa. The GFCC is fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Mr. Campbell to strengthen our ties across Africa," notes GFCC Founder and President Deborah L. Wince-Smith.
"I am honored to be designated as a GFCC Distinguished Fellow. I will bring the full weight of my experiences, both public sector and commercial, to promoting the Competitiveness Principles of the GFCC. With the help of my teammates on the Council and under the leadership of Chad Holliday and Deborah Wince-Smith, GFCC engagements in Africa will focus on initiatives true to GFCC's motto of Accelerating Competitiveness through Collaboration", vows Mr. Campbell.
"This partnership-focused approach will enhance global understanding of Africa's commercial landscape and inspire increased African membership participation in the GFCC", he completes.
Mr. Campbell, who travels extensively throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, currently serves as the Executive Chairman of AlphaSierra Advisory, Ltd., an advisory firm headquartered in London, with a presence in Dubai. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Energy & Natural Resource Security, Inc., an international security company providing risk mitigation solutions for Critical Energy Infrastructure and Natural Resource assets.
As a public servant, Mr. Campbell spent many years in the U.S. Department of Defense as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, with distinction - earning the Bronze Star in Afghanistan. Mr. Campbell served as the U.S. Marine & Naval Attaché to Nigeria, where he developed deep cooperative relationships with multinational corporations and captains of industry, as well as a keen understanding of the region and its diplomatic and commercial sensitivities. He also served as the Chief of Military Plans for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – a Chapter VII Peace Enforcement Mission headquartered in Juba, South Sudan. As a civilian in service to the U.S. Government, Mr. Campbell served the U.S. State Department as a Special Security Advisor for the U.S. Special Envoy's Office on South Sudan.
Mr. Campbell is a regular on the international Oil & Gas/Energy lecture circuit, speaking as an authority on topics such as Energy Security and Extractive Industry geo-political market dynamics in Africa. He is currently a principal committee member on the U.S. EXIM Bank’s 2020-21 Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee. Mr. Campbell is also an Advisory Board Member of the African Energy Chamber, where he sits on the premiere U.S.-Africa Energy Subcommittee. Mr. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Technology & Management from the University of Maryland and a Master of Strategic Studies (M.S.S.) from the U.S. Army War College, with an elective concentration in Energy & National Security.