The Liberia Chamber of Commerce has appointed Ms. Stephanie Salamartu Duncan as its new Secretary General.
The Liberia Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Council noted it was very impressed with the high quality of people interviewed, but Ms. Duncan stood out for her experience, marketing savvy, and ability to create and expand relationships with members, the media, and the Liberian business community.
“She is extremely conversant in small business start-up, brand creation, marketing campaign design, project management, social media marketing, and fully understands the job and what is required to succeed,” says LCC President, Mr. Francis A. Dennis, Jr.
“I am honored and thrilled to be taking on this position as Secretary General of Liberia’s oldest and internationally recognized representative of the business private sector,” Duncan stated.
Duncan joins the Chamber with a wealth of experience in the private sector and working with government to promote business opportunities in Liberia. She brings with her a strong background in marketing, communications, and her passion for ensuring a strong private sector in Liberia.
Duncan began her career as an intern at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Washington DC (USA), working directly with the Executive Director. She described this time in her life as exciting because it was at the height of the sexual harassment debate.
“I worked with women from all walks of life, who played an instrumental role in the national sexual harassment debate and policies. They inspired me to not only be better, but to also speak up on issues that affect my community.”
Duncan accepted a job offer with Berkshires Properties Advisors as an Assistant to the Marketing Director. Within two years, she was promoted to Marketing Director. She later served as a Communication Specialist at Picerne Military with the US Department of Defense at Fort Meade, Maryland.
After moving back to Liberia, she started a staffing agency along with two partners. She later branched out on her own to start The Marketing Team Africa, a marketing company, working as a Consultant to several companies and government agencies, including the Liberia Airport Authority, Devin Corporation, Cellcom Communications, Inc., Royal Hotel & Restaurant, RMA Liberia Limited, African Petroleum (AP), Rubber Planters’ Association, Civil Service Agency (CSA), the Government of Liberia, Boart Longyear, the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the Mayor’s Office at the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC).
At PCC Duncan conceptualized, wrote proposals, and managed several projects including Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities (grant received), Paynesville Beautification Project (grant received), and Paynesville Motorcycle Hubs (grant received).
In additional to the many hats she wears and ability to effectively multitask, Duncan joined Liberian owned MBL International, Liberia’s leading marketing and PR Company, as the institution’s EVP/COO. Duncan’s role includes developing creative strategies for brand, media relations, social media marketing, public relations and events management.
“I have an affection for Liberia,” Duncan says.
“As I went through the interview process with the Chamber, I found the honest portrayal of the challenges and the opportunities ahead to be very exciting.I was particularly struck by the desire to reach the right balance between a vital economy and preserving and enjoying the quality of life Liberia has to offer. I look forward to working alongside the Chamber’s Executive Council and members who are some of Liberia’s most respected community leaders and business owners to grow and develop the Chamber into a thriving and valuable resource for every person and/or organization doing business in Liberia,” she stressed.
The Liberia Chamber of Commerce is Liberia’s oldest and most representative institution advocating the business interest of a very diverse private sector. The LCC is also the representative of Employers under the tripartite arrangement with Government, and Workers forming the other parties. The LCC has been an influential force in advocating for businesses in the Republic of Liberia since 1951, representing over 300 top companies and business associations.
As a proud member of the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FEWACCE), the LCC also has global partnership and cooperation agreements including the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and the Italafrica Chamber of Commerce. Membership is open to all registered business and business association in Liberia.
For more information, check out the LCC website: www.lcclr.org and on Facebook - Liberia Chamber of Commerce.