Royal Patron

H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge 


Council Members


Zeinab Badawi, Chair

Zeinab Badawi was born in the Sudan but moved to London at the age of two. Her father, prominent Sudanese - Mohammed-Khair El Badawi, was involved in pre-independence politics in Sudan.  Zeinab studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and a Masters Degree (awarded with a distinction) on Middle East History and Anthropology at London University. In July 2011 Zeinab was awarded an honorary doctorate by SOAS, London University for her services to international broadcasting. Zeinab has extensive experience in television and radio, working on a range of programmes. She is one of the best-known broadcast journalists working in the field today. In 2009 she was awarded International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters, and in 2011 was named in Powerlist 2012 (published by Powerful Media Ltd) as one of Britain’s top 100 most influential members of the black community. She is a former patron of the BBC World Service Trust, the charitable arm of the BBC, and a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. She has been a board member of the British Council, a former Chair of the London based freedom of speech campaign organisation, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute.

Her current work includes interviewing on Hard Talk for BBC. Zeinab also presents the World Debates and Intelligence Squared Debates on the BBC, and is often a moderator for high level panel discussions at conferences organised by international bodies such as WHO, UNESCO, UNIDO. Zeinab has four children.


Philip Aliker, Vice-Chairman
Phillip is a commercial barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990 by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. He was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York as a Foreign Legal Consultant in January 2004 and to the Roll of Advocates in Uganda in 2006. Phillip is registered as an advocate of the Dubai International Financial Centre Court. He is an advocate of the East African Court of Justice. Phillip was born in Kampala, Uganda. He has lived and worked in Uganda, Kenya, the United States and Great Britain.


Professor Chris Cramer, Vice Chairman
Chris is professor of the political economy of development at SOAS, University of London. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, vice-chair of the Royal African Society, and a former chair of the Centre of African Studies in the University of London. He is chair of the International Scientific Committee of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE). His publications include the prize-winning Civil War Is Not a Stupid Thing: Accounting for Violence in Developing Countries (London: Hurst, 2006), African Economic Development: Evidence, Theory, and Policy (2019), with Oqubay and Sender; co-editor of the OUP Handbook on the Ethiopian Economy (OUP, 2019); and co-author of the research report ‘Fairtrade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda’ (2014) and related journal articles. He has undertaken commissioned work for international organizations and advised governments in South Africa and Ethiopia.


 Innes Meek, Honorary Treasurer  
Innes formerly worked for Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), where he was a Director.  He has extensive experience in making investments in sub-Saharan Africa. He was born in Arusha and lived for three years in Lagos.



Elected and co-opted members


Mohamed Amersi

Mohamed Amersi is the Founder and CEO of Emergent Telecom Ventures, a consulting, advisory and asset management firm specialising in telecoms, media and technology. His non-profit, The Amersi Foundation, supports charities in education, poverty, conflict and religion in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Mohamed has also launched the Inclusive Ventures Group, a social impact investing platform that has invested in education, livelihood, health and waste management in Africa and Asia. Mohamed is a Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford, a Trustee of Prince’s Trust International, a member of the Development Board of the British Academy, a Member of the Governing Council of the Royal Agricultural University, a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Said Business School, University of Oxford, and a Trustee of the Satyarthi Foundation, Rose Castle Foundation and Reboot the Future.


Dr. Titi Banjoko -  is a healthcare professional with extensive experience in international development. She successfully pioneered the formation of AfricaRecruit a programme designed to build capacity in Africa using human capital as the main driver. Over the last 12 years she has successfully advocated the use of Diaspora capital as a developmental tool in Africa. Dr Banjoko also serves on the Migrant Advisory Board of The European Commission-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative, steering group member of the Africa UK project dedicated to enhancing the contribution of the Diaspora to Africa’s development.


Susana Edjang
Susana Edjang is the programme manager for the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child movement. She was the co-founder and Programme Manager of the Zambia-UK Health Workforce Alliance. She is a trustee of Progressio, a development charity. She is an advisor to MyBnk, an innovative social enterprise that promotes financial literacy and entrepreneurship among young people.She is the co-author of 'Working in International Health. (OUP). She holds an MSc in Economics, with reference to Africa from the School of Oriental and African Students. 



Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch is an author, journalist, broadcaster and former barrister. Having studied and worked across 15 countries in West and Central Africa on international law and development, Afua became the West Africa Correspondent for The Guardian, establishing the paper’s first ever regional bureau in Ghana. She is also the former social affairs editor at Sky News, and the author of the Sunday Times best-selling book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging (2018), winner of the Royal Society for Literature Jerwood Award. Afua appears on regular current affairs debate shows on Sky News, CNN, the BBC, writes a column in The Guardian, and broadcasts, writes and speaks widely on identity, diaspora, socio-economic developments and social justice.


Boko Inyundo
Boko Inyundo is the Technology Sector Senior Marketing Manager at DLA Piper and a commentator on issues pertaining to social, economic and technological growth in Africa. He is British/Kenyan with a professional background in Africa that includes a period with Ogilvy (Kenya) working with PepsiCo; Africa Online plc, the first pan-African ISP launched; and SAB Miller while they launched their new beer in Kenya. His UK experience includes Saatchi & Saatchi where he led communications for Lloyds TSB, RBS, Procter & Gamble, and the Central Office of Information; Deloitte where he also developed the firm’s TMT Predictions series and the Technology Fast 50 programme; and Lewis Silkin where he supported a major advertising holding company with Kenya and Nigeria acquisitions.


Obi James
[Bio forthcoming]




Nike Jonah

Nike Jonah is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE) - that launched July 2018 at the Vrystaat Arts Festival in Bloemfontein, South Africa - and a Visiting Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2017-2019). She is currently employed at Counterpoint Arts on their PopCulture and Social Change initiative.From 2004 to 2012 Nike developed and produced the Arts Council England’s flagship diversity initiative: Decibel Performing Arts Showcase. As a keen champion for diversity and equality in the arts, Nike has led numerous discussions and workshops in USA, South Africa, Canada, UK, Denmark, Australia and The Netherlands. She is a Trustee for The European Cultural Foundation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and The Bush Theatre.


Razia Khan
Razia Khan is Standard Chartered Bank’s London-based Head of Macro-Economics and Regional Head of Research for Africa. She currently works both in the African Regional Office, advising the Executive Committee on matters relating to Africa, and at the Wholesale Bank, where she provides in-depth analysis on African economies to the Bank's clients. During her time with Standard Chartered Bank, Razia has been acknowledged as the leading analyst on African economies. Razia is frequently called on to provide analysis of African markets on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and the BBC World Service.



Gregory Kronsten
Gregory Kronsten joined FBN Capital as head of economics in 2011. He previously had a similar role at another Nigerian finance house, CSL Stockbrokers. For several years he worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), latterly as regional director (Africa). He left the EIU in 1997, and was an analyst of bond and currency markets in Africa for both WestLB and Commerzbank. In 2007 he moved to Trusted Sources, an independent emerging markets research house, to set up an Africa top-down macro product. His first job took him to Zaire (DRC) as a lending officer for an international bank.  Gregory is a trustee of Rainbow Development in Africa, which runs small-scale agricultural projects in Mauritania and Senegal.



Joel Kibazo
Joel is Director of JK Associates, a public affairs and communications consultancy offering service specialising in Africa. He formerly worked as a journalist for the Financial Times and reported on Africa's business and financial sector, and was subsequently the Director of Communications and spokesman for the Commonwealth Secretariat. He is a member of the CNN Africa Journalist of the Year Panel; Policy Committee, the Centre for the study of African Economies, St Anthony's College, University of Oxford, and an Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House.


Ambreena Manji
Ambreena Manji is President of the African Studies Association (ASAUK) and has been Professor of Land Law and Development at Cardiff since 2014, where she co-founded the Law and Global Justice Centre. Her research is strongly interdisciplinary and collaborative. She has published on land law reform in Eastern Africa, on the history of African legal education, on law in African literature and on women and the law. She was previously Director of the British Academy's British Institute in Eastern Africa (2010-2014). Ambreena is a member of the editorial board of Social and Legal Studies and sits on the advisory boards of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights and Feminist Legal Studies.


 Anne McCormick
 Anne McCormick is a senior international executive and is currently Director for Global Public Policy at Ernst and Young. As an experienced leader, with twenty five years of experience in professional services and consumer goods, Anne has a strong track record of driving organisational performance and building corporate reputation.


Peace A. Medie
Peace Medie is Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol and a Research Fellow in the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy at the University of Ghana. She has published on the implementation of women’s rights policies and norms, civilian protection, and policing in Africa. She is a 2015-2017 Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow and is a co-editor of African Affairs.


Lindsay Northover
Baronness Lindsay Northover is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Angola and Zambia; she was a DFID Minister, and Minister for Africa, and served in other Departments as well in the Coalition Government. She is the Liberal Democrats’ House of Lords Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs. She is a member of Wilton Park’s Advisory Council, an Honorary Associate Professor at Imperial College’s Institute of Global Health Innovation, a former Council Member of the Overseas Development Institute, and a former Trustee of the Malaria Consortium, THET, and UNICEF UK. She was formerly a Lecturer at University College London and the Wellcome Institute.

Jide Olanrewaju
Mr. Olanrewaju is a Partner at TPG Growth focused on Africa investments. Prior to joining TPG Growth in 2015, Mr. Olanrewaju was a Partner with Satya Capital, an Africa investment fund, where he worked for 6 years focused on transactions in the Healthcare, Consumer and Financial Services sectors. Previously, Mr. Olanrewaju was at Morgan Stanley for over 6 years where he worked in both the Merchant Banking and Investment Banking Divisions. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he also worked briefly at Goldman Sachs and Shell International in Investment Banking and Gas & Power respectively. Mr Olanrewaju has an MEng from Imperial College, London with a specialization in Nuclear Reactor Technology.


Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is Professor of the International Politics of Africa at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, a fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and a fellow of the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin. Ricardo is the author of Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War (2015) and Oil and Politics in the Gulf of Guinea (2007) and the co-editor of China Returns to Africa (2008). He is also co-editor of the journal African Affairs.



Geetha Tharmaratnam
[Bio forthcoming]




Myles Wickstead
[Bio forthcoming]




Lindsay Whitfield
Dr. Lindsay Whitfield is Professor in Global Studies and Leader of the Center of African Economies, at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Rosklide University, Denmark. She is author of several books on African politics and economies, including The Politics of African Industrial Policy: A comparative perspective and Economies after colonialism: Ghana and the struggle for power, and co-editor of the journal African Affairs.