Her Majesty the Queen
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.
Alistair Boyd, CMG, Vice-Chairman
Alistair worked for many years at the Commonwealth Development Corporation, spending much of his time in Eastern Africa, and notably in Kenya where he served for a time with then Minister of Finance, Mwai Kibaki (now President of Kenya) in establishing the Industrial Development Bank. Latterly he was appointed Head of Operations for Africa and subsequently as CDC’s deputy chief executive. Before leaving CDC Alistair received a CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) from HM The Queen for services to the “developing” world.
Professor Chris Cramer, Vice Chairman
Chris teaches in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS. His book Civil War is Not a Stupid Thing: Accounting for Violence in Developing Countries was a joint winner of the 2009 Edgar Graham Memorial Book Prize. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance and since 2007 he has also participated in the Africa Task Force set up by Joseph Stiglitz.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Nic Cheeseman is Associate Professor of African Politics at Oxford University. His research addresses a range of questions such as whether populism is an effective strategy of political mobilization in Africa, how paying tax changes citizens’ attitudes towards democracy and corruption, and the conditions under which ruling parties lose power. In addition to a number of book chapters and articles, he has published two co-edited collections: Our Turn To Eat (2010), which covers the politics of Kenya since independence, and The Handbook of African Politics (2013). A monograph, Democracy in Africa, was recently published by Cambridge University Press and a second monograph, How to Rig An Election, is currently under contract with Yale. Dr Cheeseman spends much of his time explaining the implications of his work to policy makers, including the Cabinet Office, Foreign Office, and the Department for International Development of the UK government, the Instituto Rio Branco of the Brazilian government, the Lagos State Government, the Pan African Parliament, and the World Bank. He is the joint editor of African Affairs, an advisor to the African Progress Panel, a member of the advisory board of the UNICEF Chair on Communication Research (Africa), and the founder of www.democracyinafrica.org.
Dr Mpalive Msiska
Mpalive is a Reader in English and Humanities, with research interests in Post-Colonial Literatures and Critical and Cultural Theory at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has previously taught at the Universities of Malawi, Stirling and Bath Spa, and has published notably on Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe.
Prof Mthuli Ncube
Prof Mthuli Ncube is Professor of Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Prior to his current position he served as Chief Economist and Vice President at the African Development Bank; Dean of the Faculty of Commerce Law and Management, and also Dean and Professor of Finance at Wits Business School at Wits University, South Africa, where he founded the Centre for Entrepreneurship. He was also a Lecturer in Finance at the London School of Economics (LSE).
Professor Steph Newell is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. She holds an MA in African Studies from SOAS, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and a PhD in West African Studies from the University of Birmingham. She is president of the African Studies Association of the UK, co-director of the Centre of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Sussex, an Associate Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, and a Research Associate of the African Studies Centre, University of Cambridge.
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 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.
Robert was born in Cape Town, and played a part in the anti-apartheid student movement in the 1960s. Educated in law at the University of Cape Town, he went on to study Political Science at the University of Manchester. From 1967 to 1976, he taught at the newly founded University of Zambia in Lusaka. Following his return to the UK, he moved into publishing and became the Managing Editor of Zed Books which focused on developing countries, in particular giving a voice to local, socially committed public intellectuals and people's movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Latin America. He is a trustee of the International African Institute and serves on the Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing. He also spends much time involved in a range of environmental issues, notably climate change.