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African Diaspora and Development Day 2019

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You are invited to attend our annual flagship African Diaspora and Development Day (AD3) event.

Our 2019 theme ‘Remittances to Infrastructural Financing’ will explore different forms of financial instruments that could be created and harnessed to maximise African diaspora investment for development.

Now in its 19th year, AD3 is recognized as an agenda setting space, bringing together leaders and influencers from the African diaspora community and policymakers, to learn, share and enhance the prospects for investments into key African sectors. It also serves as a platform for influential African voices to inform and mobilise these audiences in the UK for significant action.

AFFORD would like to invite you to attend, benefit from our experienced speakers and network with like minded people.


Keynote Speaker - Mr Ahmed El-Basheer A. El–Madani, Director, The African Union’s Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO).

Mr Ahmed El-Basheer is the current Director of the African Union’s Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO). He has been with the CIDO Directorate since 2007 as Head of Diaspora Division.

Before working with CIDO, Mr Basheer was a civic activist and founder of a famed grassroot organization called the Al-Neema Foundation. He deeply believes in Pan-Africanism and values the role of non-state actors in supporting the African continental agenda of integration and development.


Chair - Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi, Director of Investments, The Power of Nutrition

Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi is Director of Investments at The Power of Nutrition. She is responsible for working with the organisation’s implementing partners to ensure that programmes the foundation invests in are robust and delivers better nutrition for women and children.

She has over 20 years of international development experience in Africa, Asia and Eastern Caribbean. Her portfolio includes: leading multi-sectoral teams in both government and non-governmental organisations to develop programmes in the social and private sectors in over 16 countries; providing technical advice to governments across Africa as well as the Eastern Caribbean on micro-economic policies; facilitating the first national private sector development Strategies in Ghana and Tanzania; and successfully managing economic development portfolios exceeding $400m in a number countries. Prior to joining The Power of Nutrition she was the Director for Programme Policy and Quality (PPQ) at Save the Children UK where she led the team of technical experts responsible for ensuring Save the Children developed and implemented a portfolio of high quality programmes. Mavis also worked with the UK Department for International Development for 14 years as a Private Sector Development Specialist. In her last role at the Department, she was responsible for the team of private sector development (PSD) specialists responsible for setting DFID’s policy direction on PSD and providing advice to key partners in developing countries, the international community and the UK government.

Speaker - Mr Gibril Faal, Co-Founder, GK Partners

Prof. Gibril Faal is a multi-disciplinary business and development executive. He is a professor in practice at London School of Economics (LSE), and co-founder and director of GK Partners, which advises socially responsible businesses and development institutions across the world. He is the vice chair of Bond – the platform of UK NGOs working on international development, and a member of the advisory council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

Gibril served as technical expert on negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration, delivered keynote addresses at the UN General Assembly at the 2013 High Level Dialogue and the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. He chairs the Entrepreneurship Committee of the GFMD Business Mechanism, and previously served as co-chair, grand rapporteur and common space moderator at GFMD summits.

Speaker - Ms Ndidi Njoku, Chair of AFFORD and Managing Director of Markets4Development

Ndidi is current Chair of AFFORD and the MD of Markets4Development (M4D), which supports market development into African countries.

Ndidi works for a global investment bank in London, where she has held several senior management positions. Ndidi began her career as a Manager at regulator OfGem and went on to consult at DFID on Migration and Development and in the Financial Sector team on Branchless Banking. At HM Treasury Ndidi led on commodities derivatives regulation and policy. This included contributing towards international commodities derivatives policy at the G20, liaising with other regulators such as the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) at International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). She was the UK lead negotiator on commodity derivatives aspects on the EU's review on the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and regulation (MiFID II).

At the Financial Conduct Authority Ndidi contributed towards developing the FCA’s Wholesale Conduct Agenda, including research unbundling. Ndidi has participated in the UN High Level dialogues on migration and development, and at the World Bank to the former World Bank Presidential candidate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and was a member of the International Steering Committee in Migration and Development.

Speaker - Mr Kenny Washington

Kenny Washington is the technical project lead for AFFORD’s pioneering Diaspora Bond Investment fund for affordable housing, providing project coordination across the legal, compliance, investment and local affordable house building partnership strategies to support AFFORD’s entire value chain. Kenny has built a successful career working across a number of industries including over 10 years as a talent development executive in the music industry and 10 years working with technology and manufacturing start-ups.

For the past 10 years Kenny has worked in the not for profit sector providing fundraising consultancy to international organisations such as Charities Aid Foundation and Geneva Global as well as Christian Aid.


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