He currently serves as an Executive Director of Murray & Roberts, a South African based engineering, design and construction company, with global operations. He is listed in the Financial Mail’s “Little Black Book” as one of South Africa’s most influential business leaders, a nd serves as a member of Council to the University of South Africa and as the co-Chairman of the University of South Africa Foundation. He is Chairman of the Tactic Group and was previous Executive Chairman of Black & Veatch Africa, a U.S. multinational engineering firm specialising in primary infrastructure development.
Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Arnold served the United States Government as the first ever Minister Counsellor for Commercial Affairs for the Southern Africa region, an appointment made by the late Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown. The Secretary of Commerce is only permitted one such Ambassadorial-level appointment worldwide.
Preceding his appointment, he served as a policy advisor to the government and business community of Botswana on private sector development. He has served in a similar capacity in Mozambique. Arnold has been a partner in the Washington based law firm of Land, Lemle and Arnold, was the managing principal of Associates International, and Professor of Law at Touro Law School in New York where he taught Constitutional Law, International Business Transactions and Jurisprudence. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School.
From 1989 to 1991, Arnold was a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he focused on issues related to Africa in the 1990s. His article "Engaging South Africa After Apartheid” which appeared in the summer, 1992 edition of Foreign Policy magazine, one of the leading American journals on foreign affairs, was one of the foundations of the Clinton Administration’s policy towards Southern Africa.
Arnold was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs during the Carter Administration, was director of the Nigerian-U.S. Business Council, served on the board of directors of business and non-governmental organizations and was a consultant to numerous leading U.S. corporations. Arnold has testified before the United Nations, the U.S. House of Representatives, lectured and spoken widely before universities and business associations, and been the keynote speaker for such diverse groups as the National Geographic Society and Rotary International.
Arnold began his professional career in public relations for Howard University. He was a former journalist with the Washington Post newspaper, and subsequently, oined the Wall Street law firm of Shearman & Sterling, where he concentrated on issues pertaining to international bank financing and general corporate law.
Arnold received his Jurist Doctorate, degree from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he also studied at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Study, and The London School of Economics. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Howard University, where he graduated, Magna Cum Laude in Government and was accepted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society.
Millard Arnold has lectured extensively throughout Africa on such subjects as "The Role of the Private Sector in African Economic Development," "Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy," and "U.S. Policy Towards Southern Africa". Speaking assignments have included the following nations: Botswana, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Togo, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Speaking engagements in the United States have included: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The World Affairs Council of Wilmington, Delaware, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Foreign Service Institute, The Air University War College, The National Geographic Society, The American Management Association, Harvard University, Princeton University, John Hopkins School of Advance International Study, American University, Catholic University, University of Virginia, University of Cincinnati, Gettysburg College, Indiana University, Howard University, Villanova University, Georgetown University, University of Bridgeport, Boston College, Yale University, Touro College, Tulane University, Weidner Law School, West Point Military Academy.
On behalf of M-Net SuperSport, did the colour commentary for Super Bowl XXX, January, 1996. He has been a special guest on Summit TV, CNBC and WHUR-TV in Washington, D.C., and twice appeared on Worldnet, the global television station of the United States Information Agency to discuss “Democratisation” and “Political Parties”. He has been extensively Interviewed on camera with respect to foreign policy and business related issues for the broadcast media in the United States, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Mauritius, among others. Has been a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, the Christian Science Monitor Radio and the Voice of America. He was the principal consultant to the National Geographic Society’s 1992 film,”South Africa After Apartheid”.
Cinema and Television
Arnold appeared as “Doc Brodus” in the Michael Mann movie, “ALI” in which both Will Smith and John Voight were nominated for Academy Awards. Other film work includes the role of Dr. Tony Parrish in the movie “Borderline,” Ambassador Richard Mason in the film “Rough” and as Rick Wesley in the film “A Critical Assignment”, and has made guest appearances in the television series, Jozi Streets and most recently played Spike Mohale in the television series, Backstage.
“Images” a one-person photography show held at the Ronald H. Brown Center, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 1999; First place, Colour Photography, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; First place Colour Photography, Kalorama Art Gallery, Washington, D.C., photographic works have also been published in the Washington Post Newspaper and exhibited at the National Geographic Society.
Millard Arnold has published two books on Steve Biko, the South African political activist that was killed in police detention. Steve Biko: Black Consciousness in South Africa was published in 1978 by Random House in the United States, and No Fears Expressed was published in 1987 by Skotaville Press in South Africa. In addition, Arnold has published several works of poetry, was a journalist for the Washington Post newspaper and has published articles in major journals and newspapers around the world including Foreign Policy magazine, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the International Herald Tribune and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Millard Arnold is an abstract artist, who paintings have been exhibited in London, Washington and Johannesburg.
Jurist Doctorate, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 1971-1974 Independent Studies, The London School of Economics University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies 1971-1972 Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude Howard University, Washington, D.C. 1969-1971