AU Foundation appoints its first ambassador. July 18, 2016 The African Union Foundation (AU Foundation) recently appointed Ambassador Carl Masters as its first official Goodwill Ambassador. Ambassador Masters, who originates from Jamaica plays an active role in African affairs and over the years built a strong relationship with progressive African bodies, with the AU Foundation being one of the organisations he contributes positively too. A Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GoodWorks International, LLC, an global agency dedicated to economic development and progress of Africa and the Caribbean, Ambassador Masters will be responsible for mobilising resources on behalf of the AU Foundation from within the continent, Diaspora and the United States. The AU Foundation brings in independent funding, independent ideas, the whole of Africa and the Diaspora together in a meaningful way. African intra-trade requires independent money and we have to go out and empower those within the Diaspora, particularly,” explains Ambassador Masters. Ambassador Masters was appointed as the first Special Envoy of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – a regional organization of 15 West African nations – on African Diasporan Relations in 2006. He is part of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an active member of boards of directors of the Africa-America Institute, the Corporate Council on African and the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund. In his day-to-day role at GoodWorks International, LLC, Ambassador Masters negotiates and coordinates client engagement and provides strategic counsel to governments throughout Africa and the Caribbean. He also plays a leading role in convening engagements between numerous Fortune 500 corporations and Caribbean and African nations. “We are pleased that Ambassador Masters has responded positively to being formally appointed to the role of the AU Foundation’s official Ambassador. He has been doing great work to put the Foundation on the map in the Diaspora and beyond, alongside Council Member, Most Honourable PJ Patterson – the former prime minister of Jamaica. Ambassador Masters’ leadership will assist in further galvanising support and resources for the organisation. He will propel the AU Foundation and its mandate to greater heights,” says Dumisani Mngadi, Chief Operations Officer at the AU Foundation.