Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Alumni Profile: JD and LLM Graduate David Makongo, A Leader in Africa-U.S. Natural Resources Business Relations

Dr. David Makongo PhD., a Denver Law '06 JD graduate as well as an '05 LLM graduate, has established Makongo & African Partners LLC (MAP LLC), a firm with expertise in African mining and oil and gas issues.

Addressing the "big business gap"as he describes it between Africa and foreign investors, he has global responsibility for due diligence investigations, negotiation of natural resources agreements, corporate social responsibility, FCPA compliance, permitting, government relations, local community and local partner(s) relations, business risk analysis and mitigation.

Dr. Makongo has extensive international experience, expertise, and success in Africa-North America business transactions. He founded MAP LLC for the purpose of "ensuring the success of North American businesses in Africa through negotiation of natural resources agreements, contract drafting, and acquisition of various mining and oil and gas properties and maintenance of good relationships between investor companies and host African nations."

Prior to founding MAP LLC, he was Director for African Affairs for Electrum USA Ltd. (Global Gold Group) based in Denver. While with Electrum he worked on projects in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, and Rwanda.

Before joining Electrum, Dr. Makongo was a consultant with Cougar Gold and a contracts officer for the International Royality Corporation. He has also worked with SCDP – Cameroon National Petroleum Depot.

In addition to his DU Law degrees Dr. Makongo holds the Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities from the United Graduate College and Seminary and an LLB Degree from the University of Buea Cameroon.

Fluent in both English and French languages and knowledgeable in common law and civil law principles and practices, Dr. Makongo is a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA), and the IBA's Mining Committee and the Anti-corruption Committee.

Don C. Smith, Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, said, "David Makongo is in the process of establishing himself as an expert in identifying and negotiating important natural resources agreements across the whole of the African continent. David is an individual who has successfully combined legal knowledge with a keen eye for business opportunities.”