Mona Davids was born in South Africa and raised in Brooklyn.
Mona is the proud mother of a 17 year old daughter and 7 year old son. Mona is also an “Education Reformer” and the founder of the New York City Parents Union (NYCPU) that advocates and litigates for a high quality education for all students. To learn more about Mona’s volunteer education advocacy work, click here to visit the NYCPU website.
An expert on the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) – working closely with the U.S. Commercial Service and in partnership with multi-national banks, including JP Morgan Chase and CitiCorp – Mona has organized investment conferences on AGOA and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) country benefits in the U.S. and Africa.
Azania has sponsored multiple international trade and networking events in New York City, including the 70th Anniversary of World Trade Week and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s “Brooklyn Goes Global.” Ms. Davids also negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding between the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce & Industry, resulting in joint trade and networking events between Tanzanian and Brooklyn companies.
Prior to starting her own company in 2003, Mona worked for Dutch companies Schiphol USA Inc. — on their successful Build Operate Train Transfer (BOTT) for JFK Airport’s Terminal Four — and MeesPierson Investment Bank.
Mona has cultivated an excellent relationship with union leaders, education reporters and political reporters and bloggers. Mona is recognized as a valuable source on education, international trade, community and labor related issues. Mona has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, NY1, ABC7 News, Fox 5 NY, WCBS Channel 2 News, WABC Channel 4 News and Al Jazeera News. Mona has been quoted by the NY Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, TIME Magazine, NY Post, Legislative Gazette and other papers throughout the country.
Mona is conversant in Afrikaans, Dutch, Flemish, Hebrew, German and Arabic.