Steven Wallace 79 founded Omanhene Cocoa Company

Steve Wallace, Class of 1979, is the CEO/Founder of Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company. He oversees the strategic direction of Omanhene and divides his time between the US and Ghana, West Africa. Omanhene is the first entity to sustain exports of fine quality chocolate and premium cocoa powder from a cocoa-growing country-or-origin. Steve also serves as the North American Project Manager for Niche Cocoa and was instrumental in bringing to Wisconsin the largest African Food & Beverage foreign direct investment in US history. 

Steve is the author of "Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana's First Gourmet Chocolate Bar" in which he's credited with coining the phrase "the New Gloablism." Wallace spent the summer of 1978 in Ghana as an AFS foreign exchange student from Whitefish Bay High School. He returned to Ghana at the age of 29 to start the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Co., the first entity to sustain exports of gourmet chocolate and cocoa products made entirely in Africa. The company has been recognized by the United Nations Global Compact for its path-breaking business model and corporate citizenship.

Wallace earned his Bachelor's Degree (magna cum laude-Phi Beta Kappa) from Brown University and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.


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