Carlton A. Masters, CEO of Goodworks International will receive the Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship at the 13th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards to be held on November 17 at the J.W. Marriott.
Mr. Masters was recently named the first Special Envoy of ECOWAS on African Diasporan Relations, and will now hold the rank of Ambassador. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional organization of 15 West African nations formed in 1975. Before establishing GoodWorks, Ambassador Masters enjoyed a lengthy and successful career in international banking. He held executive positions with the Bank of Montreal in financial centers across North America, Europe and the Caribbean, and was appointed Agent General and Deputy Minister of Trade to the United States on behalf of the Government of Ontario, Canada. Long active in African affairs, Ambassador Masters currently is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is active on the boards of the Africa-America Institute, the Corporate Council on Africa and the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund. He is also co-chair of the Leon H. Sullivan Summit.
The main objective of ECOWAS is to achieve economic integration and shared development so as to form a unified economic zone in West Africa. In recent years, the scope was enlarged to include socio-political interactions and mutual development in related spheres. Commenting on the appointment, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, stated: “I believe we at ECOWAS could not have found a better person than Carl Masters to serve as Special Envoy on Diasporan Relations. He has spent all his adult life building bridges of understanding between North America, the Caribbean and the African continent.”
Founded in 1996, GoodWorks International fosters long-term economic development in Africa and the Caribbean by creating successful business partnerships between private sector corporations and decision-makers in those emerging markets. In addition to Atlanta, the firm has offices in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY. By the beginning of 2007, the firm will also have offices in eight African countries: Nigeria, Rwanda, Angola, Cote D’Ivoire, Tanzania, Ghana, Chad and Benin. The Chairman of GoodWorks International is former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young.
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