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Brehm is a Twin Cities entrepreneur and a leader in African
humanitarian efforts and a nationally-known public speaker and
commentator on third world development.
President George W. Bush appointed Brehm chairman of the United States African Development
Foundation (USADF) in 2004, and he served in that role until the expiration of his in 2008. Brehm
believes that the best kind of aid America can bring to Africa is investment and capital, and under his
chairmanship USADF focused its support on small businesses and agricultural coop strategies
designed and owned by Africans themselves.
Recently, Brehm brought his message on the importance of fostering African self-sufficiency to the
2008 National Prayer Breakfast, where he was the first businessman ever asked by Congress to give
the keynote address before an audience including the U.S President, and First Lady, numerous foreign
Heads of State, most members of Congress and the Washington diplomatic community.
Brehm has represented the United States as part of three Presidential diplomatic delegations to Africa
and also serves as an American delegate to the African Growth and Opportunity Forums (AGOA) held
each year to promote trade between Africa and the United States. Brehm has presented at two White
House roundtables on the importance of faith-based organizations in international and domestic
Brehm has also served as an unofficial diplomat, quietly behind the scenes connecting African and
American leaders. He has also brought leaders together from both sides of the aisle in Washington to
unite and support African development initiatives.
Brehm has traveled to Africa 32 times since his first trip in 1993. He initiated the Windpump Project in
the early 1990s that brought clean water to remote areas in Kenya. And he has funded other ventures to
improve local schools, create greater access to health care and build much needed infrastructure.
Brehm is the author of two books on his experiences in Africa, Life Through A Different Lens and
White Man Walking.
Ward Brehm is also the founder and chairman of The Brehm Group, Inc., a Twin Cities insurance
consulting firm. He and his wife, Kris, have been married for 29 years and have three children Andy,
Michael, and Sarah. Brehm is a lifetime Minnesota resident and currently lives in Wayzata.