About us

AMI Consultants, Inc. was incorporated in 1994 as an LLC to provide consulting services and research for both U.S. and African entities in various areas including country risk analysis, capital markets, business and economic development.
In 1996, it formed a non-profit subsidiary, AMI Business and Trade Promotions, Inc., focusing primarily on trade promotion, investments, and social activities between the U.S. and Sub-Saharan African countries.

Both organizations have organized several conferences and symposiums on U.S- Africa trade and investment and also facilitated trade missions by key government and private sector Sub-Saharan African representatives to the U.S.




Robert G. Sherman, Ph.D.

Dr. Sherman is president of both AMI Consultants, Inc. and AMI Business Promotions, Inc. He received his BA (Economics) from Cuttington College (Liberia); MIM (Master of International Management) from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. He also earned an MBA and PhD (Business Administration) from Arizona State University with a major in Finance and minors in Economics and Global Business. He is a former Assistant Minister of Finance for Banking of Liberia.

Dr. Sherman is a founding member and first president of both the African Finance & Economics Association of North America (AFEA), and the African Association of Arizona (AFASA). He served as a Visiting Scholar to the African Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. He has also consulted for the Africa Bureau of the United Nations Development Program on private sector development in Africa.


Innocent Abiaka, Ph.D.

Dr. Abiaka is Executive Vice-President of AMI Consultants Inc., and AMI Business and Trade Promotions, Inc. He worked for Radio Nigeria in Kaduna and Sokoto in Northern Nigeria before coming to the United States for further studies. He obtained a BA (geology) and BBA (business administration) from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, and an MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. He also earned an MPA (public finance) and PhD (public finance & development economics) from Arizona State University.

Dr. Abiaka has several years of experience in investment banking, and related aspects of the financial services industry. He held several positions at U.S. bank including director of investment research and vice president in the trust investment division, which had under management approximately $5 billion.



For more information contact AMI at:

  • AMI Consultants
  • 2942 North 24th Street #114-696
  • Phoenix, Arizona 85016
  • Telephone (602) 441-5667
  • FAX (602) 368-7161
  • E-mail: info@ami-consulting.com