White House Honors SSACC President Ochola

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—28 January 2012 Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola, Co-Founder and President of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce, is being honored by the Obama Administration as a Cham....

Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola, Co-Founder and President of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce, is being honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change at a ceremony in the White House on Monday, January 30th, 2012.

President Barack Obama's Administration is honoring Dr. Martey-Ochola for her achievements as a leader, a changemaker, an innovator and a trailblazer in the Diaspora Community and for addressing global challenges and building stronger communities.

The Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce commends Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola for her outstanding leadership, selfless dedication, exemplary public service, creativity and strategic genius. “She is a leader who has mobilized her enormous intellectual acumen and integrity in service to citizens from all walks of life," said the Chamber’s Executive Chairman of the Board, Mr Vuyo T. Dunjwa. “From academe to health to accelerating private sector development, she is a Champion of Change who is leaving indelible footprints of progress in the lives of families—from the Horn of Africa to the streets of Philadelphia. We congratulate Dr. Martey-Ochola and thank her for her outstanding service in the sphere of economic development and international trade promotion facing Africa.”

For more details, visit the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/champions and tune-in to a Live Stream of the ceremony at www.whitehouse.gov/live on Monday, January 30th at 3:00pm EST.

See the official White House Press Release below.

For more information, contact the Chamber on +1 610-618-9063 or e-mail info@ssachamber.org

About the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce
The Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce is a trade and investment promotion organization whose mission is to enhance mutual partnership, trade and investment with Sub-Saharan Africa. We serve as an information resource for strategic market data, as a facilitator of stakeholder networking, a broker of key transactions, and a voice for our members and business community in the creation of ideal business and economic conditions that foster growth and prosperity in the private sector. The objective of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce is to assist companies with finding suitable business partnerships, trade and investment opportunities as well as securing access to markets that result in increased business development and returns for exporters and investors.

Visit www.ssachamber.org for details about the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce.

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January 27, 2012

White House Highlights Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 30th, the White House will honor Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola as one of fourteen Champions of Change who are leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa. These leaders are helping to build stronger neighborhoods in communities across the country, and are working to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges.

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

“These men and women are American leaders we want to celebrate,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough. “We commend the innovative practices, achievements and leadership these change makers bring not only to their communities around this country—but also to the development of and diplomacy with their countries of origin.”

To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 3:00 pm ET January 30th.

Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola, a native of Kenya, is co-founder of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce, an organization that facilitates trade and investment between the US and Africa. Under her direction the chamber has facilitated US business entry into multiple African countries, advised hundreds of companies on best practices in doing business in Africa, and presented at many international business forums on African trade and investment. She has had a successful academic career teaching Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, in addition to running research on cancer chemotherapeutic delivery, isolation of beneficial cancer chemotherapeutics from herbal infusions, and the impact of cigarette smoke toxicants on normal human lung cells. Dr. Martey-Ochola has been instrumental in increasing partnerships between US and African universities in addition to assisting college students secure internships with high growth companies in Africa. As a consultant with Datatel + SGHE, she helps higher education institutions around the world enhance the teaching and learning experience by helping them obtain the needed resources through State, Federal, and Private awards. Improving international economic conditions begins with education.

Dr. Martey-Ochola advises women’s organizations in the US and Africa, HIV-AIDS intervention organizations, youth entrepreneurship groups and also supports establishment of computer labs in rural Kenyan schools.