Ethelbert Cooper has been active in the African natural resources sector for nearly 40 years.
During the 1980s he devised and led an initiative to restructure what, at the time, was Liberia’s biggest industrial project, an iron ore mining company with capital investment of over $600m.
In 2004, Mr Cooper was the principal founder of Afren plc, a FTSE-listed oil and gas exploration and production company which, at the height of its success, had a market capitalization of circa US$3 billion. Mr Cooper’s iron ore focus continues in the present day through his chairmanship of London AIM-listed International Mining and Infrastructure Corporation plc which is assembling a portfolio of prospective mining assets across Africa. Mr Cooper is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, he has sponsored the creation of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art on Harvard’s campus and, at Yale University, Mr Cooper has helped to launch the Yale Africa scholarship fund, and he provided a US$1 million grant as the initial endowment of this scholarship programme.