Jeffrey Wright

Founder/Chairman, Taia Lion Resources/Taia Peace Foundation
A critically acclaimed actor and winner of Tony, AFI, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards, Jeffrey has appeared on Broadway in such plays as Angels in America,Topdog/Underdog, and A Free Man of Color, and in such films as Basquiat, Angels in America, Syriana, Shaft, Broken Flowers, Casino Royale, and Ides of March. Later this year, he’ll be seen on film in Broken City and A Single Shot. He is founder and Vice Chairman of Taia Lion Resources, a mineral exploration company currently operating in Sierra Leone, and co-founder and Chairman of Taia Peace Foundation, Taia Lion Resources’ not-for-profit social development arm, which focuses on building a replicable model for extractives that focuses equally on mineral rights and human rights. Jeffrey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Amherst College in 1987 and, in 2004, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from his alma mater. He serves on the board of directors of Resolve, the Tribeca Film Institute and on the Governing Board of St. Albans School for Boys. He is also a member of the advisory board to the United Nations Democracy Fund for 2012-2013, and, in 2011, he was made an honorary Paramount Chief of Penguia Chiefdom, Sierra Leone.