Melissa Howell develops inclusive, collaborative, high-integrity programs to address critical issues with proven business and leadership development outcomes for nearly 300 organizations globally. These successful projects are grounded in participatory methods, emergent and human-centered design, and blends market- and non-market based solutions. She leverages extensive experience providing program design and implementation, direct training, curriculum development, advisory and technical assistance within the private and social sectors across 29 countries in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas.
Melissa was recently named Director of Global Programs for the Africa-America Institute (AAI), where she has consulted for the past four years. In this role, she helps set the strategic direction for AAI’s program portfolio, developing key partnerships and collaborating on capacity-building projects across Africa. She directly manages AAI’s Transformational Leadership Program which works with university partners in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to provide leadership and management training to NGOs and social entrepreneurs. She has written about the impact and opportunities for this program in Learning for Life: How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy (AMACOM: 2015).
Melissa holds an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She holds an MBA, BS in Business Administration and BA in Spanish from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). Melissa serves as 2nd Vice Chair for the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the BlackStar Film Festival celebrating independent films and filmmakers of the African Diaspora.