Specialities: Researcher, broadcasting (radio and TV), Communications including print journalism. Expert on African politics, development
Experience: I am a communications and journalism professional of over 35 years experience. I was educated in Sierra Leone and the UK. Founder member of the Sierra Leone Diaspora Network and the Sierra Leone – UK Diaspora Ebola Response Taskforce (SLUKDERT); Experienced Communications Professional (including broadcast and print journalism); editor (co-editor, Journal of Sierra Leones Studies, editor-in-chief, Promota Africa magazine; Experienced radio (BBC World Service) and TV broadcaster; Consultant on African Diaspora affairs; Media commentator on African affairs.
Why AFFORD: AFFORD can be at the forefront in shaping the discourse, highlighting how entrepreneurship and innovation can impact Africa and create jobs in the coming decades. No one else is doing this and we must seize the initiative to set and shape the agenda. AFFORD already has a proven record in this regard and its vision for the future is one I would very much like to be a part of.
I am passionate about Africa because: Having grown up in an African country and visited several more, I have a desire to see the continent’s talents appreciated, recognised and utilised for the benefit of all.
Specialities: Corporate strategy and business planning; Lead generation, acquisition and retention; Strategic marketing, business development and globally integrated communications; Sector and practice marketing planning, budgeting and reporting; Client relationship management; Coaching; Bid advisory; Research & analysis; Workforce development.
Experience: Boko is British and Kenyan with demonstrable interest in Africa, noting his other Board-level roles with the Royal African Society and De Charles. As the Senior Marketing Manager aligned to global law firm DLA Piper’s Technology Sector, Boko delivers the firms European Technology Summit, which brings together +350 global leaders to explore trends. He manages its European Technology Index, a recurring survey conducted with hundreds of executives across Europe. He has client-facing roles and also helps establish commercial partnerships. Previously at Lewis Silkin, Linklaters, Deloitte, Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy (Kenya), with the latter Boko worked with Africa Online plc. on launching this, the first, pan-African ISP.
Education: MBA (Distinction) – Henley Business School, UK, Masters in Marketing Management (Merit) – Westminster Business School, UK, BA [Hons], German Studies – The University of Birmingham, UK, Fellow – Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
Why AFFORD: As a member of Africa’s inspiring Diaspora, it’s a personal and professional privilege to apply my skills, knowledge and networks in support of AFFORD, an organisation which aims to contribute positively to Africa’s development through entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the creation of jobs and wealth in Africa through Diaspora investment enabled via programmes, grants and services.
I am passionate about Africa because: I was born, grew up and have worked in Kenya and have family there, in Uganda and in-laws in Ethiopia. Throughout my career I have supported various Africa-focused organisations and commentate on Africa-related matters in the media. I run my own community-based organisation operating in Kenya and help meet the needs of extended family across East Africa. At Henley I led a successful MBA consultancy project advising a South African youth development organisation on improving its Alumni engagement. These, and many other lived experiences from childhood to date including my roles at AFFORD, the Royal African Society, De Charles and DLA Piper, stimulate and sustain my enduring passion for Africa, with a particular interest being the role of technology and the youth in enabling positive change across the continent.
Specialities: Finance and development specialist, with focus on the role of the Diaspora, migration, enterprise development, and regulatory infrastructure.
Experience: I’ve worked across various industries in the financial sector and development arena, within European, Middle East, Africa, and in UK gas and electricity infrastructure. This has provided the opportunity for me to participate in various specialist discussions and negotiations such as, at the United Nations, World Bank, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions and the European Securities and Markets Authority, the European Commission and European Council.
Why AFFORD: AFFORD captured my interest several years ago due to its innovative and pioneering can-do approach in facilitating sustainable job creation in Africa. AFFORD was one of the first NGOs to discuss the beneficial role of the African Diaspora and advocated to ensure that African Diaspora had a voice in mainstream discussions on migration and development.
I am passionate about Africa becausee: As a member of the Nigerian Diaspora and having visited Nigeria and other African countries, I see the tremendous potential in the continent. I believe that its only a matter of time until this potential is realised. I’m passionate about encouraging further connections between the developed and developing countries to facilitate economic development.
Specialities: International and Sustainable Development; Responsible Business and Social Enterprise; Development, Ethical and Islamic Finance: Migration, Diaspora and Development; Programme Development and Implementation; Organisational Manangement; Corporate Law and Governance; Research and Evaluation; Negotiations and Brokerage; Executive Training and Board Development.
Experience: Multidisciplinary business business and development executive with eclectic professional background; Professor in Practice at London School of Economics (LSE); Director of GK Partners – advisers to businesses, social enterprises, public institurions and international agencies; Vice Chair of Bond – network of UK NGOs working in international development; United Nations expert on migration, diaspora and development; Former co-chair, grand rapporteur and Common Space moderator of Global Forum on Migration (GFMD); Former board member of EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI); Since 1998, appointed to public service functions by Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for International Development; Special adviser and international technical consultant to heads of state, heads of government and multilateral agencies; Former external evaluator of COMPAS, University of Oxford; Former postgraduate lecturer, The Open University; Developed UK social enterprise business support practice for Department of Trade and Industry; About 30 years experience as analyst, researcher, trainer, consultant and adviser; Served as trustee on various charitable boards; Magistrate and Justice of the Peace.
Why AFFORD: AFFORD is a pioneering organisation which influenced a genuine paradigm shift in international development. It continues to innovate policies and practices in diaspora-development, whilst influencing public, private, diaspora and civil society across the world.
I am passionate about Africa because: it is possible for the continent to free itself from visible and invisible shackles, as it marches towards a glorious renaissance.
Specialities: Customer service, Storage and Archiving, Space Management, Health and Safety, Logistics, Strategic planning, Event management, Fundraising and resource management, Facilities management and Community relations.
Experience: A pro-active, service led change activist with over 25 years’ experience; 12 years of service as a Trustee at AFFORD, focusing on building community liaison building important linkages between the African diaspora and Africa. Through the delivery of universal health coverage, wellbeing and International development initiatives.
Why AFFORD: I am passionate about AFFORD, because AFFORD has been at the forefront of Institutionalising and mainstreaming the continued impact the African diaspora is having both in their communities and Africa.
I am passionate about Africa because: Africa is diversely blessed with cultural capital that the world can tap into to achieve sustainable development. I am passionate about mainstreaming Africa’s talent and resources in the context of sustainable development agenda.
Specialities: Finance, Sales and Marketing, Business Development and Entrepreneurial practice, Food, Nutrition and Education.
Experience: I am a business owner, and I am a director a Food and Nutrition Consultancy where I have led on Business Development, Sales and Marketing. Having obtained a 1st Class Degree in Economics, I began my career in Investment Banking; First in Derivative operations and then in Bond Originations. I have extensive experience as a speaker and trainer and have lots of experience and interest in leadership and governance and have taken up school governance roles.
Why AFFORD: Because African’s future, success and destiny can and should be shaped by Africans at all levels, and AFFORD plays a vital role in supporting that future success. Both in civil society and commerce, job creation and the development of innovative financial and business practice, AFFORD is facilitating and shaping an exciting and dynamic future for Africa is creating a vision of the future that I am want to be a part of.
I am passionate about Africa because: I am African. Having been born in the diaspora, Africa is still very much my home and the success of all of us is linked to Africa’s success.