Meet Our People

Senior Advisors

Our Advisory Board brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. They are the distinguished members who guide our strategic direction and help us achieve our mission.

We have a great panel of incredible individuals, who lend their vast knowledge and expertise to our efforts. We are fortunate to be able to learn from them.

Our Senior Advisers


Mr Iyinoluwa “E” Aboyeji

Founder & General Partner at Future Africa

Mr Aboyeji is one of Africa’s most successful tech gurus. An entrepreneur in the public interest, he is passionate about partnering with missionary talent and capital to build Africa.

He co-founded and led Flutterwave to process over $2 billion in his time there. Prior to that he co-founded Andela, Africa’s largest software engineering organisation.


Mr Oluwatosin Ajibade a.k.a. “Mr Eazi”

Founder & CEO at emPawa Africa

“Mr Eazi” is a popular Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is a pioneer of Banku music, a fusion sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns.

He is also a prolific tech entrepreneur and investor. His emPawa Africa and related businesses have a significant footprint across the continent.


Dr Nneka Abulokwe OBE

Founder and CEO at MicroMax Consulting

Dr Abulokwe is a British-Nigerian digital governance entrepreneur. She is one of the first Afro-Caribbeans in the UK to sit on the board of a multinational tech organisation. She is also passionate about mentoring and empowering women.

In 2019, she was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II as an Officer of the British Empire for her services to business.


Lord Dr. Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Chancellor at Regent's University London

Lord Hastings is the former Global Head of Corporate Citizenship for KPMG. He was previously the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and the first Head of Corporate Responsibility.

In 2002, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to crime reduction. In 2005, he was appointed to the House of Lords by Queen Elizabeth II.


Mr Laoye Jaiyeola (FCIB, FCA)

CEO at The Nigerian Economic Summit Group

Mr Jaiyeola has over 30 years’ experience in financial services. He was appointed CEO of NESG in 2015, and under him, NESG has become Nigeria’s foremost private-sector policy think tank.

He is the Chairman, Board of Fellows, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He is also a Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Mrs Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode

CEO at Murtala Muhammed Foundation

Mrs Muhammed-Oyebode has a strong passion for humanitarian concerns and developmental issues. She utilises her skills in contributing to the political and economic development of Nigeria.

She serves on several boards including the Federal Government Privatization Policy and Monitoring Committee and the Editorial Board of the Daily Times.


Ms Rashida Petersen

CEO and Founder at 1847 Philanthropic

Ms Petersen’s career has been built on expertise gained from leading major fundraising and development initiatives in Africa, as well as expanding U.S. trade and investment in developing countries.

Working within the development departments of international nonprofits, she has been responsible for delivering annual funding of several million dollars


Mr Darren Stone

Director at Unda Consulting

Mr Stone, for 28 years, has been a leader in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) space. He is the first European to be trained by Goldman Sachs’ in environmental risk management.

For the last six years he was the Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk for Access Bank. He is a Specialist Advisor on ESG to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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