Council 2013


Her Majesty the Queen

Honorary Vice-Presidents

Chinua Achebe
Doris Lessing
Professor Ali Mazrui
Professor Stuart Hall
Sir John Zochonis DL
Professor Roland Oliver
Professor J F Ade Ajayi
Sir Michael McWilliam

KCMG Lord Judd of Portsea Julian Wathen
Rt Hon the Lord Steel of Aikwood KBE DL

The Most Rev and Rt Hon John Sentamu, DD, Archbishop Of York

Council Members

Academia | Business & Finance | Development


Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Chair
Mark Malloch-Brown was political correspondent at The Economist between 1977 and 1979, and founding editor of the Economist Development Report. He then worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In 1986 Malloch Brown joined the Sawyer-Miller Group as the lead international partner. In 1994 he became Vice-President for External Affairs at the World Bank, which included responsibility for relations with the United Nations. In 1999 he was appointed Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In January 2005 Malloch Brown was appointed Chef de Cabinet to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He became United Nations Deputy Secretary-General in 2006, and was knighted in the British New Year Honours 2007. In June 2007 he joined the UK Government as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with responsibility for Africa, Asia and the United Nations. He resigned at the end of July 2009, and is now an advisor to the World Economic Forum.


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 the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) and was appointed a Director in 1999. He has extensive experience of the emerging markets and has worked in Africa and Latin America as well as Asia. He was responsible for CDC portfolio investments in funds in Asia and Latin America.

Elected and co-opted members

Business, Finance and Banking

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.



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.


Elsie Owusu OBE
Elsie is an architect and partner in the firmFeilden+Mawson. She remains the principal of her own firm, Elsie Owusu Architects. Major commissions include the design and art strategy for the new UK Supreme Court, a bus rapid transit system for Lagos, Nigeria and a range of development projects in Ghana. Elsie is a founder member of the Society of Black Architects, and is on the board of Arts Council England. She is an ambassador for Creative Partnerships, the Vice Chair of Women’s Transportation Seminar. 


Alexandra Mousavizadeh
Alexandra  began her career at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs working on DANIDA (the Danish Government’s development arm). She was then a visiting Research Scholar at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. She later joined the Sovereign Risk Team at Moody's Investors Service covering a wide variety of countries and regions including Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, Alexandra was the Head of Country Risk Management at Morgan Stanley. She holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Jide Olanrewaju
Jide is Principal at Satya Capital and part of the investment team. He was formerly a Vice President at Morgan Stanley where he made investments on behalf of its Infrastructure Fund. Prior to joining that Fund, Jide worked for five years within Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he also worked briefly at Goldman Sachs and Shell International in Investment Banking and Gas & Power respectively.


 Mark Rose
Mark is a trained Zoologist with extensive conservation field experience in remote parts of Africa and Asia Pacific. He has extensive project development and management experience spanning 40 countries over the last 25 years. Mark has been at the helm of three Conservation Not for Profit organisations and is currently CEO of Fauna & Flora International (FFI). During his period at FFI, he has pioneered the concept of mainstreaming Biodiversity within the Corporate sector and launched the first Business and Biodiversity Conference held at Chatham House in 1999. In addition, he has successfully developed small sustainable business initiatives in support of Landscape and Species Conservation. More recently, Mark has been at the forefront of brokering partnerships with the finance sector and local Governments to develop models for the monitorisation of Ecosystem services.

 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.


Dr Rita Abrahamsen
Rita is Associate Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies and in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. Her research interests are in African politics, security and development, security privatization and postcolonial theory. She is the author of Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and the Good Governance Agenda in Africa.


Dr David M. Anderson
David Anderson is Professor of African Politics and a Fellow of St Cross College. David’s book Histories of the Hanged: Britain’s Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire, published is 2005, is the first full history of the Mau Mau rebellion and its brutal suppression in 1950s Kenya. Widely reviewed around the world, the book has contributed to a wider debate on the character of British imperial rule in the twentieth century, as well as stirring up a great deal of controversy within Kenya.


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.



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
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. 


Hadeel Ibrahim
Hadeel Ibrahim is the founding Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was established in 2006 to support great African leadership. In addition to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Hadeel is a member the Boards of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute) in Tanzania and Carter Center UK. Hadeel is a Trustee of the Museum for African Art in New York and a Patron of Restless Development, a youth led development agency. She previously spent time with the Africa Section of Actis Private Equity Investors and with EMP Africa. She was formerly a Board Member of Refugees International and of LEAP (UK). Hadeel has a degree from Bristol University in Politics and Philosophy.


Robert Molteno
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.


Dr Camilla Toulmin
Camilla is Director of the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED), having formerly run the Drylands Programme from 1987-2002. An economist by training, her work has focused on social, economic, and environmental development in dryland Africa.