Guyanese born Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont is the editor-in-chief of The Network Journal, a New York-based business magazine for Black professionals and entrepreneurs and CEO of newly launched AfricaStrictlyBusiness.com. She is the author of the award-winning non-fiction title, Africa: Strictly Business, The Steady March to Prosperity (The Network Journal Communications Inc., 2009), and the groundbreaking novel–Middle Ground (Beckham, 2006). She is also a partner in McLymont, Kunda & Co., an international trade and business development strategy firm serving clients in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean.
McLymont has more than 20 years’ experience as a writer, speaker and adviser to small and medium-sized companies on global business and entrepreneurship. She was an international trade reporter and ultimately managing editor at The Journal of Commerce, one of the United States’s oldest daily newspapers, which specialized in international shipping and trade. Her coverage earned her critical acclaim in the annual Media Guide to America’s top financial writers, frequent appearances on CNNfn to comment on the impact of global events on U.S. trade, a guest column in America Economía, a leading business magazine in Latin America; and guest lectures at New York University’s graduate program in Latin America and Caribbean studies. Her articles on international business appeared in such publications as The Journal of Commerce, World Trade, Business Standards, Minority Business Entrepreneur, Transport Topics, Quality Digest, and Shipping Digest.
An authority on emerging markets and business development, McLymont provided entrepreneurship training for African women through the United Nations Development Program’s Gender Program, and for women in Russia through the Alliance of Russian and American Women. She provided expertise on accessing U.S. markets for the American and African Business Women’s Alliance conference in Botswana in 2002; was an adviser to the Institute on African Affairs; and served as an executive board
member of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.
Prior to becoming a journalist, McLymont taught English and French in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a past fellow of the European Community Visitors Program, was named a “Woman History Maker” by the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and has received awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists, the International Black Women’s Congress, the CEJJES Institute, the National Minority Business Council, the New York Regional Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives, and the City of New York Office of the Comptroller.
In March 2013, The TNJ’s hosted its 15th consecutive year of honoring 25 Influential Black Women in Business. These 25 deserving women were chosen from hundreds of nominations from the ranks of professionals and entrepreneurs to receive this prestigious award. Two months later in May, McLymont received the 44th Annual Malcolm X Black Unity Award for her “consistent, concrete work through the decades to build, teach and develop pan-African economic, as well as literary projects and businesses.” She received the award along with her husband, Fritz-Earle McLymont, managing partner, McLymont, Kunda & Co. and CEO of Brittonearth Energy Ltd., from the New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO).
McLymont speaks French and Spanish and has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, a bachelor’s degree in French from The City College of New York, and a Certificate in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Madrid. She has a Black Belt in T’ai Chi, which she teaches in New York, and is a certified ZUMBA GOLD fitness instructor.