Our Team
Rev. Dr. Clement Mweyang Aapengnuo

Rev. Dr. Clement Mweyang Aapengnuo

PRESIDENT, 72 Africa

Rev. Dr. Clement Mweyang Aapengnuo is the co-founder of 72 Africa, serving as its President and head of African Operations. He holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, Virginia, U.S.A., a Bachelors/Masters degree in Social Communications from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome, and a Certificate in Public Administration from Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, Ghana. Fr. Aapengnuo taught Catholic Peacemaking at Georgetown University, U.S.A. He is the founding Director of the Center
for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (CECOTAPS) in Damongo, Ghana, a leading center of conflict transformation since 2000, and the focal point for 72 Africa’s operations. He was also a founding member and former board chairman of the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP)-Ghana.

He has consulted for the Catholic Bishop’s Conference in Ghana, UNDP in Ghana, WANEP-Ghana and the Regional and District Administrations in the three northern regions of Ghana on conflict analysis and resolution. He has also designed conflict sensitive interventions and projects for development agencies working in post conflict zones. Of significant note, Rev. Aapengnuo was instrumental in creating the structure and support for a legislated National Peace Council, the only such legislated entity in Africa.

His published works include co-authoring a chapter entitled “To Whom Am I Accountable” in A Handbook of International Peacebuilding: Into the Eye of A Storm, edited by John Paul Lederach and Jan Janner, Jossey-Bass Publications. His articles include: “Misinterpreting Ethnic Conflicts in Africa” in Africa Security Brief; a publication of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and “Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding; Seen through African Eyes” in the Africa Faith and Justice Network.

Tim Sample

Tim Sample

CHAIRMAN & CEO, 72 Africa

Mr. Timothy R. Sample is the co-founder of 72 Africa, serving as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Tim brings his nearly 40 years of experience in government and industry to provide a strategic approach to building sustainable peace. Tim’s vision for a process that moves from conflict transformation and education to creating environments for sustainable peace by promoting grass-roots economic development, sets 72 Africa apart from other organizations operating within Africa.

Tim served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for nine years, including as Staff Director from June 2000 to May 2003. Prior to that, Tim served in the Executive Branch, including as Deputy U.S. Negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START I) when it was signed in 1991. Following his government service, Tim worked as the Vice President for Strategic Intelligence Strategies and Programs at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, and, most recently, as the Vice President and Sector Manager for Special Programs at Battelle Memorial Institute. His experience at Battelle included the design and development of their first Cyber business, as well as assisting Battelle’s National Security President and Battelle’s CEO in raising the level of engagement with the Federal Government and the national security community.

Tim has extensive experience in the nonprofit world. He is currently on the Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, an organization that he co-founded and was its first President. He also developed the concept for and became the first President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

Maureen McGinnis

Maureen McGinnis

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, 72 Africa

Mrs. Maureen McGinnis serves as the Director of Development for 72 Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Masters degree in Teaching from the University of Virginia, where she graduated with distinction.

Maureen taught secondary school social studies for seven years. During her years of teaching, Maureen continuously sought to improve her delivery of the curricula through self-reflection, research and experimentation. Throughout her teaching career, she demonstrated the ability to manage multiple projects, develop organizational systems, communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences, and respond to constantly changing situations in fast-paced environments.

Since leaving teaching, Maureen has worked with several nonprofits, including Girls on the Run, the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, and the Education Global Access Program lending them her communication, organization and teaching skills in service of their missions.

Jamie Sample

Jamie Sample

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR, 72 Africa

Mrs. Jamie Sample serves as the Executive Administrator for 72 Africa. As Executive Administrator, Jamie is responsible for corporate administration, communications and office support. Jamie publishes the 72 Africa newsletter and concentrates on our social media presence. Jamie has a B.S. in Music Education from Elon University, and a Masters in Choral Conducting from George Mason University. Her background – including current positions as director of music at St. Ann Catholic Church and private voice teacher – allows her to bring the power of music into our focus and outlook on tasks like reconciliation, where music plays a major role.