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Dr Titilola Banjoko, Chair 

Dr Titilola Banjoko currently works as an Executive Managing Director in the NHS. She has a clinical background. She successfully pioneered the formation of AfricaRecruit and FindaJobinAfrica.com aimed at harnessing human resources and social capacity in Africa. She serves on the council of the Royal African Society and she is a Trustee of Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET). Currently she serves as the chair of the board for the Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD). She is a Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative and the co-convener of the Better Health for Africa Initiative.  

She previously served on the many boards which include: the European Commission–United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative, the Department for International Development, the Global Poverty Action Fund Advisory Board and the World Health Organisation’s Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Council. She was also a Senior Research Associate at the UK’s Foreign Policy Centre and board of the Commonwealth Business Women’s Forum. She is regularly invited by the mainstream media to discuss issues on topical news items, speak as a panellist, and chair high level stakeholder events. In 2006, she was named as one of the Prides of a Continent: Africa’s gifts to the world. She has received numerous awards and endorsements over the last 10 years. In 2019, she was recognised by the Nigerian Healthcare Professionals UK as one of the 70 most Outstanding Professionals in the United Kingdom. She is passionate about supporting and giving a voice to the voiceless and serving humanitarian causes.  

Ian Barry, Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee 

Ian Barry, FCA, qualified with Price Waterhouse before spending nearly 30 years in senior financial management in the UK and overseas. On returning to the UK, he joined Oxfam GB as Finance Director and then became CFO of CAB International, a UN registered international development organisation. He served on DFID’s audit committee, was Treasurer of BOND, and is a trustee of several other charities.

Lynette Lowndes

Lynette Lowndes' career is in the international development and humanitarian sector. She has worked in the field with ICRC, UNHCR and IFRC and subsequently held senior leadership positions with the Australian Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in the UK. Lynette now operates as an international consultant in strategy, facilitation and mentoring. Her qualifications are in environmental and global health.

Sir Hugh Bayley

Sir Hugh Bayley was Labour MP for York from 1992-2015, Minister for Social Security and President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He introduced legislation to focus UK aid on poverty reduction, outlaw transnational bribery and ban tobacco advertising. He taught politics and social policy at the University of York, ran IBT - a television company capitalised by UK development agencies, and was a trade union negotiator.

Ciarán Donnelly

Ciarán Donnelly is Senior Vice President, International Programmes at the IRC’s headquarters in New York. He previously served as Vice President of Programme Quality, and in leadership positions in Burundi, Uganda, Afghanistan and the D.R. Congo. An Irish citizen, Ciarán holds a B.A. in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Pavia, and post-graduate degrees from the College of Europe and the University of Cambridge.

Francesco Garzarelli

Francesco Garzarelli is Head of Macro Research at Eisler Capital. A graduate of the London Business School and Bocconi University, Francesco sits on the Italian Ambassador to the UK Independent Advisory Board, is a member of Chatham House, the Society of Business Economists and the Parish Council of St Mary’s Church in Hampstead. He supports Into University – a UK Charity.

Richard Winter

Richard is a partner at PwC and is currently a member of the Global Assurance Executive.  Richard is a Trustee of several charities.  He previously served as Treasurer of Save the Children and Chair of Merlin.  He was appointed CBE for voluntary service to International Development in 2017.

Kathryn Ludlow

Kathryn Ludlow is a lawyer and former partner of the international law firm Linklaters where she specialised in dispute resolution and investigations. She was the firm's first global pro bono partner and chaired the Corporate Responsibility Committee. Kathryn is also a non-executive director of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust and a trustee of the Hall for Cornwall.

Kemal Ahmed

Kemal Ahmed has over 22 years of institutional asset management experience. He currently serves as a Director with Canepa Global Managers, a strategic investor in asset management firms. His professional career includes money management for the World Bank Group’s Treasury Department, the Brown University Endowment, Old Square Capital Advisors and Investec Asset Management. Kemal has served on the Boards of the Fund for Global Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union. He earned a MA, with distinction, from the Johns Hopkins University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Cressida Pollock

Cressida Pollock is the former Chief Executive at English National Opera, one of the UK’s leading performing Arts organisations. During her tenure at ENO she brought her business and financial expertise together with her turnaround experience from outside the sector to a complex and highly challenged organisation.  Cressida's previous background stems from her wide ranging interests in improving organisations, including her tenure at McKinsey & Co. At the age of 24 she was a founding partner of Somerset Capital Management, an Emerging Markets focused investment fund.  That investment company today has grown to manage over $10bn under assets.   She has twice taken time out of her career to work directly with NGOs and non-profits: first at Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity in London, and then as an advisor at the Zambian Ministry of Health where she developed national healthcare policy for the Minister.  Cressida holds an MBA from MIT Sloan where she graduated at the top of her class. She holds an MA in Law and Classics from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified Barrister and member of Lincoln’s Inn.

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Young Global Leader 2011 (World Economic Forum), an Archbishop Desmond Tutu fellow 2011 (African Leadership Institute), the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellow, and a 2014 New Voices Fellow (Aspen Institute).  Jacqueline has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at universities in the U.S. and Rwanda and frequently speaks at conferences and opines in the media outlets such as the Financial Times, NPR, Project Syndicate, CNBC Africa and others on matters related to investment in Africa.