Thursday, 17 May 2018
Announcing new RAS Council members
Following our AGM, held on Monday, 30 April 2018, I am delighted to announce that the Society's members agreed to reinforce the Council by electing three new members. We thank Dr Mpalive Msiska and Professor Muthuli Ncube, who are leaving the Council after years of service, and warmly welcome our new members:
Mohamed Amersi is founder and chairman of Inclusive Ventures Group and of the Amersi Foundation. Born in Kenya, and with extensive business interests in Africa, he will bring valuable commercial expertise, experience and contacts to the work of the Council.
Afua Hirsch is a broadcaster, journalist and author who has regularly supported Royal African Society events as a moderator and speaker in the past. Besides frequent TV appearances and articles, she is the author of the recently published and well-received book Brit(ish).
Nike Jonah is founder and director of the Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE) and a visiting research fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2017 – 2019. Nike has been a keen champion for diversity and equality in the Arts, including with the Arts Council, and is on the boards of the European Cultural Foundation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Bush Theatre.
The Council also agreed to co-opt two further members to represent Parliamentary interests. Chi Onwurah MP, as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Africa, which the Society administers, will ex-officio represent the House of Commons, and a member of the House of Lords will be nominated shortly.
- Zeinab Badawi