Regina Hill Onyeibe
Ms. Onyeibe’s charge is to strengthen the relationship between the City of Dallas and the continent of Africa, with emphasis on the 48 sub-Saharan African countries for the purpose of mutually beneficial bilateral trade. She is also responsible for promoting the city’s newly designated EB5 Program in those countries. In addition, Regina is responsible for organizing and coordinating all aspects of city of Dallas led delegations to Africa. The strengthening and development of relationships between the city of Dallas and the ever growing, diverse African Diaspora in which she serves, is also of paramount importance to her. Although her current role is the first official position she has held regarding Africa, her extensive travel across 5 continents over the past 20+ years, much of that travel on the continent of Africa, makes her a very unique fit for her current position. She is regularly called upon to speak to audiences both large and small, due to her motivational and inspiring methods of delivery.
February 2011, Ms. Onyeibe planned and executed a tremendously successful trade Mission to Nigeria with nine CEOs from the US from various business segments. This was a City of Dallas led trade mission with government officials and those from the private sector interested in Doing Business in Africa. Due to the success of this trade mission to Nigeria, the FCT Minister visited Dallas the following month, which created incredible buzz in both the US business community, as well as the affluent African community. Ms. Onyeibe was then invited back to Nigeria to attend the Presidential Inauguration of Goodluck Jonathan taking the Mayor of Dallas along to take part in this very auspicious occasion. Because of the immense success and highly publicized activity from Nigeria to Dallas this year due to Regina’s relentless follow through and planning, the Nigerian Ambassador to the US visited Dallas to further investigate opportunities for bilateral trade with his country. Regina was commended directly from the Ambassador by formal correspondence stating "I will forever be grateful to Mrs. Onyeibe for the care and attention to detail which was displayed to myself and my wife”. He went further to say “this was the best tour he has ever undertaken as Ambassador to date."
In August 2010, Regina planned and executed a "Doing Business With Nigeria" Round Table which had high ranking Nigerian government officials, as well as those from the private sector in attendance. They came to better understand the city of Dallas’ newly designated EB5 Program, meet prospective local business partners, as well as understand the export possibilities available from Nigeria. This Round Table received “Rave Reviews” and on all accounts was a complete success. She also hosted that same year, the first woman Mayor of Morocco, this also was a very fruitful visit.
In May of 2009, Regina was the master mind behind the “Doing Business with Africa” Round Table, where she brought in 9 African Ambassadors for this event sponsored by the city of Dallas. This extraordinary weekend culminated with an unforgettable Gala with more than 20 African nations represented. Both international events produced standing room only crowds, comprised of American business men and women, political figures, community leaders, along with Ambassadors and other dignitaries representing various African nations. The Deputy Assistant for the US Trade Representatives office in Washington, DC covering Africa, Ms. Connie Hamilton, was the keynote speaker. To date, this history making event is the largest delegation of African dignitaries ever to visit our city at one time.
Regina currently serves on the Board of Directors for World Vision, Dallas, TX Women’s Chapter; Humanitarian Hands, a wonderful, quite relevant organization making a difference in the lives of children in Ghana and Uganda; and the West African Chamber of Commerce/America, based in Dallas, TX.