Richard D. McLellan is the Chairman of the Board of the Council for Africa Infrastructure Development, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to development of sub-Sahara Africa. He is also Chairman Africa Continental Holdings, L.L.C., a consulting firm focusing on Africa.
He is alo an owner of Africa Energy Counsellors and The Sierra Leone Alliance.
International and Africa
Mr. McLellan has served as the international services partner in his former law firm. He is a former member of the Michigan Export Development Authority and the Michigan International Trade Authority. He previously served as an adjunct professor of international studies at Michigan State University.
Mr. McLellan has been active in West Africa for more than 35 years. He participated in the trade mission to Africa led by the late U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and in February, 1999, he acted as an observer for the Nigerian national elections with the International Republican Institute delegation headed by then-retired General Colin Powell. He served as Michigan Host Committee Chairman for the visit of the President of Ghana to Michigan.
He is a Trustee of the Rawlings Foundation established by His Excellency, Jerry John Rawlings, the former President of the Republic of Ghana and has served as an advisor to the Transitional Government of Somalia.
In 2001, McLellan served as a leader in the Africa Business Advisory Board established by U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. He helped organized and participated in a business delegation to West Africa that served as a parallel mission to the 2001 U.S. Congressional Delegation to West Africa.
McLellan participated in the development and construction of a 330 MW combined cycle power plant at Takoradi, in Ghana, to maximize industrial growth with the option of expansion to a 660 MW plant on behalf of a major U.S.-based utility.
In 2001, McLellan was honored for his years of working Africa by being named a Chief with the title of the Obinwanne of Ogbunike, by H.R.H. John Usitadima Umenyiora, the Igwe of Ogbunike.