About the Lectureship Series
The David Rockefeller Lectureship is awarded to a distinguished African from either the governmental or nongovernmental sectors. The series recognizes Rockefeller’s interest in African affairs and honors his service to the Council on Foreign Relations.
The series was established in 1985 when Rockefeller retired as chairman of CFR’s Board of Directors. Rockefeller was chairman from 1970 and served as a director from 1945 to 1985. To honor his unique and global role, a group of CFR members and other friends, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation, created a dedicated endowment that makes this lectureship possible.