Melissa T. Cook, CFA
Founder & Managing Director
African Sunrise Partners LLC
About African Sunrise Partners
African Sunrise Partners is an investment research and corporate advisory firm. We have a deep knowledge of business in Africa and a vast network of contacts among companies, investors, government officials, and entrepreneurs. We offer advice, knowledge, and business connections to corporate business development executives and institutional investors. Our research library contains over 50 reports on African countries, industries, and themes. We give clients an independent assessment of market opportunities and risks. Our advice helps clients move more quickly toward a profitable deployment of capital into sub-Saharan Africa.
Founder & Managing Director: Melissa Cook
Our Founder & Managing Director is a tireless traveler, relentless researcher, and creative networker. Melissa Cook has visited 16 sub-Saharan African countries during over 40 trips to the continent since 2007. She has an extremely broad and deep network of contacts with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, government policymakers, and investors.
Melissa Cook offers clients her deep knowledge, strong relationships, and fresh ideas. Ms. Cook doesn’t merely make introductions—she knows how to get business done and how to move deals from the first introduction to profitable conclusion.
Melissa Cook founded African Sunrise Partners LLC in 2010. After 25 years of traveling around the world for work and pleasure, Melissa visited East Africa in 2007. She quickly realized that an economic transformation was under way—and she created a new business to help her global clients participate in the continent’s growth. Melissa is widely recognized as a true friend of Africa, and has built a vast knowledge base and network through her extensive travels.
Melissa Cook has over 25 years of global research experience — including a front-row seat watching the emergence of new economies in Eastern Europe and China. She covered several sectors as an equity analyst at Wall Street firms. She was Head of Global Research at Lazard Asset Management. Ms. Cook has an A.B. degree 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 and holds FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, 63, 86, and 87 licenses. In November 2014, Melissa Cook was appointed for a two-year term on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.