Percy C. Wilson
ASI International Advisor
Percy Wilson is President of PerWil Management Resources ( PMR) a consulting firm specializing in management, integrated marketing and building operating mechanisms for sustainable business-to-business and public-private partnerships in Africa to build human resource and manufacturing capacity.
He is President of the Association of Black professionals in International Affairs (BPIA). He is also a principal founder and first Chairman of the US Corporate Council on Africa.
Recently, he served as Senior Advisor to USAID’s Administrator to develop effective strategies to enhance public private partnerships and leverage the agencies resources in economic enhancement for youth, agriculture and base of the pyramid challenges and opportunities to create jobs and income for the world’s poorest people.
Prior to this time, he was an executive with The Coca-Cola Company where he served as Director, External Affairs/Government Relations for the Africa Group. In this capacity he managed all activities related to this responsibility through five regional offices charged with liaising with governments in 47 countries. In addition, Mr. Wilson was responsible for designing and implementing a management system to maximize the effective operation of this function. He also played a principal role in the company’s privatization of government owned franchises throughout the sub-continent.
He serves as consultant/advisor to several transnational corporations: Edlow International, CONOCO Phillips Petroleum, the Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin Aviation and Springview Integrated Textiles, Limited. He also serves as consultant to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Family Health International (FHI) to develop public-private partnerships to create jobs for individuals at risk for HIV/AIDS. Products of his consultancy are the Nigerian Business Coalition on AIDS (NIBUCCA) and LifeWorks Limited.
His interest in foreign affairs, and particularly development issues, was fortified by his studies as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics of Harvard University where he devoted himself to the impact of US aid on economic development in coastal West Africa. His major interest was the effective use of foreign aid by recipient countries and constraints on development imposed by donor conditions.
He later embarked upon that portion of his career in which he held a series of policy leadership positions with major organizations and foundations devoted to international affairs. He served as vice president of The African Development Foundation, where he was responsible for long-term strategic planning, congressional affairs and drafting the Foundation’s first and second five-year plan; as Director of the Phelps Stokes Fund, Washington Bureau, assuming an active role in refugee affairs, working in coordination with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Organization of African Unity on refugee issues of the Horn of Africa and southern Africa; Director of the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, where he was, in addition, Chairman of the Peace Corps Country Directors Committee of Coastal West Africa, an area that included the nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
Before concentration on international affairs, his career saw him involved with the planning and direction of number of programs for domestic organizations devoted to improving the conditions of life for previously underserved groups. In Boston he was executive director of the Roxbury Multi-Service Center, where he supervised a multi-disciplinary staff of legal and mental health professionals, directed fundraising, served as chairman of the Boston University Mental Health Area Board and the Boston Finance Committee. Earlier, he served as Training Administrator for the Washington, DC Model Cities program; as an associate of Sterling Institute, a Harvard-MIT based consulting firm where he designed and directed programs for community based groups in the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula, the Appalachian region of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ghana; and as regional representative for the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Del-Mar-Va region. He had a major role in the establishment of the first community-based credit unions and was involved in efforts to create Washington’s Truth in Lending bill.
Percy’s engagement in international affairs is marked by his participation in a number of foreign affairs initiatives, in his association with organizations devoted to the examination and evaluation of intellectual concepts of foreign affairs as well as with those actively engaged in practical programs. He was part of the US effort to normalize relations between the US and mainland China, having traveled as a delegate to eight cities in China to discuss the issue with government officials and communist party. He served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the board of Africare and the WorldSpace Foundation; an advisor to the Robert Kennedy Memorial Trust and trustee of Stillman College.
A native of Alabama, he received his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from Stillman College. He did his graduate and postgraduate work at Boston University in public administration and applied sociology and at Harvard University where he served as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics.