Senior Advisor, Government Relations
Mr. Arouna is the former Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to the United States, Mexico and the former Representative of the country to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization of American States. Ambassador Arouna is currently The Managing Partner of US-Africa Cybersecurity Group a cybersecurity management consultancy and the CEO of Global Specialty LLC a global business development consulting firm driven by providing advisory and operational services to organizations and their business communities seeking market entry and establishing business operations in Africa.
He serves as the President on the Advisory Board of the New York Center for Foreign Policy Affairs (NYCFPA), an American Think-Thank devoted to research and analysis of all aspects of America’s foreign policy and its impact around the world. And as the President on the Advisory Board of the Pan-African Institute of Municipal Development a nonprofit organization established in 2021 to address gaps in workforce development, capacity building and leadership development in municipal governments in Africa. Ambassador Arouna is a Commander of the National Order of Benin and has an MBA from The George Washington University. He is bilingual in French and English.
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