Bio-Data: Arthur F. Madsen
F. Madsen was born of Danish and Irish parentage on June 17, 1945, Father's
Madsen's father was employed as a Motion Picture Projectionist, while attending the
Madsen's father later rose to significant professional positions within
Following early elementary training in the suburban community of
Heavily influenced by a group of Malian Exchange Students enrolled at San Jose State University in the tumultuous years of the 1960s, Madsen, majoring in French, perfected his command of this language, lived for a period of time with the son of the Mayor of Timbuctu, Aly Tamboura, and was drawn closer to leftist politics through association (1) with Tamboura's acquaintances from Sekou Toure's Guinea, a nascent Marxist State, and (2) with the Young Socialist Alliance, affiliated, in turn, with student resistance organizations in San Francisco and Berkeley.
During his undergraduate years in
Political considerations and related pressures led Madsen to discontinue his studies at
Shortly thereafter, in early 1967, he enrolled in the Federal Government's VISTA Volunteer program where, for a year, he served the poor in
Following his social work activity in Northern New England, Madsen returned to California briefly, saving money for a transition to the East, and relocated, in late 1968, to Boston where he worked, during the height of the Vietnam War Era, as a Conscientious Objector at Harvard Affiliated Hospitals, namely at Massachusetts General, in his capacity as Neurological Clinic Coordinator, and at Children's Hospital, where he served as Night Manager, in command of all administrative and legal functions on his late-night shift.
Using money generated by his position at Children's Hospital, Madsen relocated to Nelson,
Madsen's new Canadian Degree in French landed him a position in
In 1976, Madsen returned to
Foreign lands beckoned again, and in 1977 and 1978, Madsen entered into a contractual arrangement with Dravo Corporation, building on his reputation as a competent diplomatic and technical interpreter. He was assigned to
Following distinguished completion of his 12 month contract in Algeria, often under difficult socio-political conditions, and in the midst of intrigue, deception and unethical business practice, Madsen returned to the Santa Cruz Mountains in California to relax and recover from his North African foray, during the course of which, incidentally, his father had passed away unexpectedly in Mountain View under circumstances which, even today, remain open to question.
Appalled upon learning of deeply ingrained corruption in Santa Cruz County Government, Madsen attempted to expose the powerful figures behind two major industries: drug-dealing and prostitution in the remote towns of the County's mountainous sectors to the East of Santa Cruz proper. Yet, the power structure was well entrenched and, however noble his intentions, Madsen was compelled to relocate to
In Colorado Springs, he enrolled in Graduate School once again, studying Cinematography under Professor Marcelle Rabbin, former President of the French Cine-Club of Menton, at Colorado College where he resided at the French House with 16 year old Daryl, a teen-age ward who had been entrusted to him by the State of Colorado, following break-up of the boy's family in a major child abuse case.
Because Daryl had relatives with whom he could reside in
During the four years that followed, Madsen remained in
America's most impressive undertaking in Africa during the 1980s, the Inga-Shaba Electrical Transmission Line Project's overall cost was to surpass One Billion Dollars, thrusting all top-level personnel into positions of visibility and responsibility far exceeding anything they might have experienced in the U.S.
From 1980 to late 1983, Madsen appeared on television, spoke on radio, at press conferences, and at diplomatic conferences where bilingual skills were required. He translated voluminous documents and edited technical materials for engineers, geologists and architects. Traveling by company aircraft to
His duties also required him to secure disbursement from the BANK OF ZAIRE of more than One Million U.S. Dollars per month for project expenses. In all, it is estimated that Madsen fed more than 28 Million Dollars into his company's coffers during this period, most of which was returned to Boise, Idaho for the employment of hundreds of Americans in a variety of project support functions and services.
He was selected to speak at the internationally televised Project Completion Ceremony in the presence of 2000 persons at
Madsen's less widely known activities in Zaire included support of up to 30 Zairian orphan children with a once-daily food supply program of rice and corned-beef, near the company's compound gate, and housing assistance for twenty families, totaling at least 175 persons, derived from personal funds.
As the Consortium's Operations entered a demobilization phase, most of the 800 Americans hired to work on the Inga-Shaba Project were terminated during the period extending from 1982 to 1983. Madsen remained until the final 19 persons were the only remnants of this phenomenal mega-project, extending from 1973 to 1984. He had served Ministers of State, Diplomats, Journalists, Fortune 500 Executives, Intelligence Operatives and European Statesmen during his four corporate contracts, and seven years in North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
In 1984, Madsen severed ties with
Following an impulse to enter the field of Education, he enrolled in a Master's Degree Program in Guidance Counseling at
Disenchanted once again with graft, corruption and exploitation in the public schools, he collaborated with a now deceased Guidance Counselor, and compiled a report documenting criminal activity. This led to a series of complex, mob-related events resulting in his being forced to leave the State in 1987 to ensure his personal safety.
Since 1987, Madsen has been traveling widely under the rubric of his research firm Transnational Research Associates, settling for fairly extended periods in
Additionally, he has published several articles on Technology Transfer, the most popular of which, entitled "The El Outaya Salt Refinery: An Algerian-American Joint Venture Technology Transfer Case", appeared in April 2001 in the Proceedings of the International Academy of African Business and Development and later, in 2012, in the The African Journal of Business Management.