A faith-based organization, 72 Africa is a non-profit, non-government, action-oriented business that accepts all religions, races, and ethnicities in its effort to create coalitions and institutions that build environments for peace and security studies, research and training for peace building, conflict transformation, and stability. Although 72 Africa is headquartered in Northern Virginia, United States of America, its main operational components are in Africa, specifically in Damongo, Northern Region, Ghana.

72 Africa is led by its co-founder and President, Reverend Doctor Clement M. Aapengnuo, who also serves as Director of African Operations and is based in Damongo, Northern Ghana. Dr. Aapengnuo, who received his doctorate in conflict resolution studies from the George Mason University, has been involved successfully in conflict resolution solutions and peace building in Northern Ghana since 2000, with the establishment of the Northern Ghana Peace Building and Conflict Transformation (NGPBCT) project, which ran until 2003. He was instrumental in setting up the Center for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (CECOTAPS), which, since its inception, has established Satellite Peace Building Centers (SPCs) and Community-Based Peace Committees in the five Catholic Dioceses in Northern Ghana.

Overall governance and management of 72 Africa is done by co-founder, Mr. Timothy R. Sample, who is based in Northern Virginia, and serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sample has extensive experience in analysis and negotiations, and has served in senior positions in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the U.S. Federal Government, as well as senior management positions in business.

Together, Dr. Aapengnuo and Mr. Sample bring their extensive networks in the international public and private sectors as well as in academia in order to:

  • analyze the human terrain within which 72 Africa must operate;
  • create meaningful, tailored course and reference materials for each area;
  • recruit, train, and deliver experts who assist in material creation and conduct in-country training and education sessions;
  • recruit, train, and deliver experts who conduct negotiations and mediation, with an eye toward lasting, peaceful agreements;
  • identify, train, and educate individuals within each focus area who can carry on the work established by 72 Africa in order to ensure lasting impact and peaceful stability; and,
  • work with governments, non-government organizations, businesses, and investors that lay the foundation for progress and increase the prospects for decreasing poverty, increasing human development, and growing local and regional economies.