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AIYELAAGBE, Professor Isaac is Professor of Horticulture at the University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria (UNAAB). His research focus is sustainable cropping systems for tropical fruits and vegetables with special reference to intercropping, salt stress and water stress. Recently, he has delved into improved food systems for urban and peri-urban settlements with special reference to organic agriculture; and has helped to raised awareness as well as build capacity in organic agriculture within higher education institutes in West Africa. He has published extensively on these themes.
Isaac was Coordinating Scientist of the Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (2005 - 2007) and Director, Research and Development Centre UNAAB (2007 - 2009). He currently coordinates the West African Network for Organic Agriculture Research and Training/Reseau Ouest Africain pour la Recherche et la Formation en Agriculture Biologique (WANOART/ROARAB).
He is a Georg Foster Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany and Fellow of the Horticultural Society of Nigeria. He is member of Council of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), member of the KoGA-African Research Network Initiative Germany as well as member of the Food and Organic Agriculture Network of West Africa. He serves on the Editorial Board of Biological Agriculture & Horticulture.
AKANMU, Olu is the Managing Executive - Retail and Consumer Banking at BankPHB Nigeria. He has an unusual diversity of experience at senior levels across several key industries and sectors such as manufacturing, consumer goods, health care, social development, telecommunications and financial services, enabling a deep wealth of innovative perspectives in solving business problems. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and an MBA from the University of Ife and Lagos State University in Nigeria. In 1998, he attended the 9 month Management Advancement Programme of the Graduate School of Business, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he passed with distinction and won the overall best student prize. He was Marketing Manager - Glaxo Nigeria, COO - Society for Family Health, and Client Service Director - Insight Grey (the biggest advertising agency in West Africa). He was also General Manager - Consumer Marketing at MTN Nigeria, where he played critical and leading commercial roles from start-up in the phenomenal growth of MTN Nigeria subscriber base to a network of ten million customers in five years. Olu is a thought leader in Business Strategy, Marketing and Management, whose articles, interviews and public presentations are highly sought in the Nigeria Consumer Business Community. He publishes a blog on business strategy: www.olusfile.blogspot.com
Before founding Ashesi University, Dr Awuah worked as a Programme Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internetworking technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion. He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, USA, and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. In 2004, Swarthmore awarded Dr Awuah an honorary doctorate in recognition of his leadership in African higher education.
He was nominated as a Global Leader 2007 by the World Economic Forum; and, in recognition of his services to Ghana, was awarded Membership of the Order of the Volta by His Excellency, President J A Kufuor in July 2007. The Order of the Volta is one of Ghana's highest awards, given to individuals who exemplify the ideal of service to the country. In November 2009, he won two prestigious awards: the 2009 Microsoft Alumni Foundation 'Integral Fellow' award - a programme honouring those who have made a meaningful difference in the lives of others by using their talents, time and resources to contribute to the community; and the John P McNulty Prize, Aspen Institute, which also recognises an extraordinary young leader making creative, effective and lasting contributions to his or her community.
Dr Awuah is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative, a member of the United States Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the United States Tau Beta Pi Honor Society for excellence in engineering.
BORSTROCK, Shaun works as an independent consultant to luxury brands and associations all round the globe, including Thomas Pink, Fortnum and Mason, The British Luxury Council and Alessandra Gradi, former Creative Director at Asprey. As Associate Head of School of Creative Arts at The University of Hertfordshire, his remit includes the BA (Hons) Product Design, BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design, BSc Industrial Design, BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration and BA (Hons) Fashion. He teaches on both under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in the Department of Art and Design. He also supervises post-graduate research at Master's and PhD levels, including projects on branding, fashion, product and graphic design and illustration.
Shaun initiated the partly funded British Council International Entrepreneur Design for Africa project that forges partnerships betweeen UK and South African academic institutions and industry partners. The project continues to make teaching methods more effective within the areas of international employability and entrepreneurship, improving collaborative working practice and building the capacity of the curriculum; and to develop students and graduates who will contribute to the creative and cultural industries sector internationally. His success in the fashion and design industries, collaboration with industry and personal viewpoint make him a valued contributor to education.
COTGRAVE, Dr Alison BSc MSc PhD PGCE MCIOB MRICS CEng FHEA, is a Chartered Builder and is currently Deputy Director of the School of the Built Environment at Liverpool John Moores University. She has extensive experience of working in the construction industry. Her research interests include sustainability, construction education and construction technology and she has written a number of textbooks on this subject with Mike Riley.
CRADDOCK, David is presently a distance learning developer for engineering subjects at Teesside University. Before becoming involved in education, David was employed by Rolls Royce and Associates as a stress engineer. Besides working on technical education in the UK, he has worked internationally for eight years as an education advisor and project manager on projects designed to improve the capacity and relevance of technical education in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Kiribati, being employed by Caritas Switzerland, Oxfam and DfID respectively. David has also completed consultancies related to technical education and distance learning for DfID and on World Bank funded projects. As part of his role with Teesside University, David is presently managing a British Council EPA project in partnership with Ho Polytechnic. David has a BSc(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a PGCE and MA in Education.
CURRY, Alan is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. In his role as Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, he has responsibility for British Council programmes across 20 countries in the region. He was previously based in Brazil as Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean. Earlier roles in operations management included postings as Country Director in Mexico and Japan and as Director Europe.
Alan worked for five years in the British Council's Contracts & Projects department in management and consultancy roles in the areas of higher, further and business education. The department's client base included the World Bank, EU, Asian Development Bank and national governments. Initially he worked on projects and programmes in Asia and latterly in Eastern Europs and Russia. His posting to Africa is for Alan a return to a part of the world which he first visited during the early years of his professional life when he worked as a geologist in Niger, Tunisia, Ivory Coast and Zambia.
Alan lists his interests as books, wildlife and exploring the world with his wife and their children.
EGEREGA, Ese is Deputy General Manager, AfriHUB, responsible for the strategic and corporate oversight of the four regions of AfriHUB including: the South-East Region (Enugu, Nsukka, Owerri, Umudike, Awka and Nsugbe ICT Centres); the South-South Region (Omoku, Calabar, Benin and Port Harcourt Centres); the South-West Region (Ota Centre); the North-Central (Abuja Institute, Gwagwalada and Minna Centres) and such other new expansions as are developed by the Management.
He has a proven ability to direct training and in-house support centres while maintaining high morale, retaining top performers, increasing client satisfaction and exceeding SLAs. Ese Egerega is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He is also an ExecuTrain Certified Trainer (ICP) with over nine years' experience of providing instructor-led and web-based technology training for corporations and their employees nationwide. He was formerly training manager for ExecuTrain of Nigeria (www.executrain.com). He is a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria and is currently pursuing a course in Strategic Business Information Technology at Portsmouth University, United Kingdom.
ETUNGANAN, Jacob was born in Soroti, Uganda, in 1983. He studied in Uganda from his pre-primary schooling to attaining his degree in Agricultural Engineering from Makerere University. In pursuance of his engineering career, he held leadership roles both at high school and at university.
From June to August 2007, Jacob participated as a student engineer with Engineers for a Sustainable World, a non-governmental organisation, where he was involved in the design and construction of surface runoff and roof water harvesting as well as biogas production for the rural communities of Namasagali and Butansi in Kamuli district in Uganda. This was a partnership between Makerere University's Department of Agricultural Engineering and Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns, a local NGO.
In March 2008, Jacob joined the Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme as Project Associate for the Mpanga Growers Tea Factory in Uganda. This was a partnerhsip between Makerere University's Department of Agricultural Engineering and the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Jacob has been focusing on the implementation of the Project deliverables for two years, while developing his knowledge and skills in energy, environmental management and business leadership in industry under the mentorship of knowledge base supervisors. His research interests are in energy and environmental management.
FYNN, Daniel is the AKTP Associate for Ekem Art Pottery Ltd located in Winneba, Ghana. Since November 2008, he has been working closely with the Institute of Industrial Research (IIR) of CSIR and Ekem to produce ceramic glazes and materials. He hold a bachelor degree in Ceramics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He has previously worked as a Laboratory Assistant in 2007 for the Ceramic department at KNUST. He has also worked as a Field Assistant at Joe Nsiah Consult.
Daniel's ambition is to become a leader who can inspire, encourage and transfer his experience for human development.
GILWORTH, Bob is the Director of the Careers Centre at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the University of Leeds Senate, Learning & Teaching Board and Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer Board and is heavily involved in the transformational project, Leeds for Life. He oversaw the full integration of the University's graduate business start-up service into the Careers Centre on the grounds that self employment is a legitimate career option like any other. On the regional front, Bob was chair of the regional graduate retention project Graduates Yorkshire from its inception through to completion at the end of March 2008. This project included the Enterprise strand, which won the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) national entrepreneurship award in 2007. He currently leads the regional universities' collaboration on graduate internships.
At a national level, Bob has been a member of the AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) Executive Committee, Chair of the Research and Innovation Group and a member of the Services to Graduates Sub Committee. He also served for five years as a Board Member of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) and as a Non-Executive Director of Graduates Prospects ltd. He served for four years as the External Examiner for the Centre for Employability at the University of Central Lancashire, dealing with programmes that address employability and business start-up skills. Bob is regularly asked by other universities to act as the external member of review and appointing committees in relation to careers, employability and enterprise.
Bob is married to Gill and they have a daughter and a son who are both aspiring actors. He was born and went to school in the Manchester area and is a lifelong Manchester City supporter.
GREGORY, Dr Michael is Pro Vice-Chancellor Planning and Quality, at the University of the South Pacific. His career in the tertiary education sector, which spans over 25 years, commenced as a lecturer in law in a number of institutions initially at Sheffield Hallam University (UK). As Head of School of Management and Administration at University College Suffolk (UK), he oversaw the development of a range of professional and undergraduate degree programmes, and postgraduate programmes in Business including an MBA, MA in Human Resource Strategies and an MSc in Management Consultancy. He became Dean of the Faculty of Business and Engineering Technologies in the same institution and was also Director of the Suffolk Training and Development Centre and the Suffolk Management Development Centre. He went on within University College Suffolk to become Senior Dean for Higher Education, contributing to significant higher education developments ultimately leading to the foundation of the University Campus Suffolk, a joint initiative with the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia.
Michael's international experience is with Majan University College, Oman, where he was Dean and CEO for six years, with the University of the South Pacific as Director of Planning and Development from 2000 - 2004, with the Asican University of Science and Technology, Thailand as Provost and with the University of Botswana, where he was Director of Institutional Planning. He has recently returned, after two years at Brunel University, to the University of the South Pacific as Pro Vice-Chancellor Planning and Quality, also holding the portfolio for estates and physical facilities across 14 regional campuses in the South Pacific region.
Dr Gregory holds a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Law, a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources and a Doctorate from the University of Bristol (UK) where his research was in the area of sole practitioner management consulting competencies. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Management and is a Master Professional Balanced Scorecard Practitioner (George Washington University and the Balanced Scorecard Institute, USA).
Michael has been researching and commenting on graduate employability for a number of years, leading to reports and improvement action in the institutions he has worked with.
KABAYIZA, Jean Nepo is a mechanical engineer and the most recent addition to the Manumetal management team as the AKTP Associate, contributing almost three years of commendable experience in production management. Prior to joining Manumetal in this critical role, Nepo served as Production and Machinery Officer with the Plastic Industry AQUASAN. His involvement in research on 'A Better Use of Wood as Combustible in Tea Factories' led to his drafting a report to the Rwanda Teach Authority (OCIR The). He also has two years' experience of teaching Strength of Materials in a Technical School (ISETAR).
Nepo earned his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering Sciences at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in March 2008 and he has also earned Certificates in leadership and business development.
KIRKLAND, Dr John is Deputy Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the UK government's main arm for scholarships for developing countries. He has served as Executive Secretary to the Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium (CUSAC), and is currently Secretary to the Commonwealth Scholarships 50th anniversary endowment fund, which aims to establish more Commonwealth Scholarships in low and middle income countries.
Prior to joining the ACU, John was Secretary of the UK National Institute for Economic and Social Research from 1994 - 1999, and prior to this was Director of the Research Services Bureau at Brunel University from 1988 - 1994. He also obtained his doctorate from Brunel in 1989. John was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England in 2008. He has also undertaken research and consultancy projects for international bodies including AUSAID, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Commonwealth Secretariat, DFID, European Commission and the World Bank.
KRAHULIKOVA, Marketa is currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe. In her role as the Regional Higher Education Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, she has responsibility for Higher Education British Council programmes across 14 countries in the region. She was previously based in Accra, Ghana, as the HE Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Earlier roles in the organisation included the roles of Regional Examinations Manager in Harare, Zimbabwe and Country Examinations Manager in Prague, Czech Republic.
Marketa lists her interests as books, music and cooking for and eating with her family and friends.
MAAS, Dr Gideon, is the Director of the Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship at Coventry University, UK. Gideon obtained his PhD degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. The topic of his research focused on creativity within small and medium sized businesses. He has broad international business and academic experiences. Before joining Coventry University during 2007, he was the owner-manager of his own consulting company which focused on entrepreneurship and family businesses. Leading up to this he was the first International chair in Entrepreneurship in South Africa. Gideon also worked in various other organisations over the past years, such as the Stellenbosch University Business School in South Africa and the First National Development corporation in Namibia. He was the principal researcher and author of the 2006 and 2007 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Reports for South Africa. He was also an Associate Professor at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Gideon's email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
McGRATH, Simon is Professor in International Education and Development in the School of Education, University of Nottingham. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Educational Development and Chair of the Skills Working Group of the UK National Commission for UNESCO. Previously he was Director of the Human Resources Development Research Programme of the South African Human Sciences Research Council and remains a research associate of the HSRC.
He has published on a number of aspects of education-economy links, including vocational education and training systems in Africa, the skills developopment processes of micro and small enterprises, and the role of aid in shaping education. He advises a number of government departments (most notably in South Africa) and international agencies and was a member of the Secretariat of the Working Group for International Cooperation in Skills Development from 1996 to 2008.
NDLOVU, Professor Lindela Rowland, holds a PhD in Animal Nutrition with emphasis on Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He has wroked in the area of higher education for 17 years, rising from Lecturer grade through to full Professor; and he has served in management roles from Departmental level (as Post-graduate Coordinator and as Chairperson) to Faculty level (as Deputy Dean and as Dean) through to University level (as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Acting Vice-Chancellor) and is currently Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. He has supervised over 100 honours' projects, 27 Master's projects and 10 PhD theses. Most of his PhD students have gone on to become established professional animal scientists in government research institutes, universities and the private sector. His research has involved developing strategies that are economic and sustainable for rural and farming households with a limited resource base, especially in the area of animal feed resources' evaluation and feeding systems. This research has resulted in over 70 publications in refereed scientific journals of international repute, 2 books and 30 book chapters including 3 invitational chapters. He has also won the Manager of the Year award for the Public Sector from the Zimbabwe Institute of Managment (2007) for his leadership of the National University of Science and Technology. He serves on a number of research and agricultural Boards.
PATON, Professor Rob has worked at the Open University (OU) since 1975 and helped pioneer the use of distance learning for management and professional development. He has lead several major curriculum design exercises in the OU Business School and been Head of its Managment Learning R & D Unit - in which capacity he also consulted to other business schools on the changes taking place in higher education.
He is Professor of Social Enterprise and Chair of the OU Master of Public Administration Award - which, with the support of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, is currently being studied by a group of civil servants working full time in Ghana in the Ministry of Education.
His on-going research interests concern social investment, the measurement of social performance, and new modes of work-based learning. Recent consultancy work for the UK government has included projects for the National School of Government; for the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (a study of the leadership training available for Faith Leaders and Workers); and for the Department of Health's 'Putting People First' Programme.
His African assignments have included providing management training for cooperatives in Tanzania, and running MBA residential schools for senior government leaders in Ethiopia and Eritrea. He is currently leading the ABLE-Ghana learning community (an EPA project funded through the British Council), with the staff of five leading business schools in Ghana to introduce active, experiential and reflective learning into their programmes.
RAMKILAWAN, Bryan studied fashion and graduated from Durban University of Technology in 1987. He subsequently obtained a post-graduate qualification from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 1996. After graduation, he was employed in the formal clothing sector for six years in various fields associated with fashion design and retail before progressing to academia in 1994; and for the last sixteen years he has lectured in fashion design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. His areas of specialisation are design studies, post-graduate research, CAD and industry liaison. Since the inception of the Technology Station in Clothing and Textiles, he has played an integral role in contributing to skills and product development for both the fashion and clothing manufacture sectors.
He is currently founding board member, vice-chairman and fashion academic chairman of the Cape Town Fashion Council, a government funded special purpose vehicle which was formed to develop and invigorate the fashion and related sectors in the Western Cape. He also manages the International Entrepreneur project in Cape Town, a UK and SA development initiative funded by the British Council. This project encourages the collaboration and partnerships of multi design disciplines in both the UK and South Africa to expand entrepreneurial skills that will lead to sustainable businesses. The project will steer emerging designers to build businesses that will assist in the growth of the GDP primarily in developing economies. This has led to the formation of the Shaun Borstrock Foundation for Creatives on which Bryan serves as a trustee. He is also a member of the steering committee of the East City Design Initiative, a Creative Cape Town project that is in the process of creating a design precinct in Cape Town that will foster and mentor design entrepreneurs in the city. This project is the basis of the bid for 2014 World Design Capital city.
Bryan is a consultant and curation advisory member of Africa Fashion International. This organisation stages the Cape Town Fashion Week for spring/summer; Audi Johannesburg Fashion Week for autumn/winter; and the Africa Fashion Week that showcases Africa's fashion talent to an international market. His role is to select designers and to develop mentorship programmes and partnerships that will nurture their businesses in South Africa and Africa - with an emphasis on previously disadvantaged communities. His proposed partnership strategy has a three tiered approach from design to manufacture and finally to retail.
RILEY, Mike, BSc (Hons) MSc FRICS FBEng is a Chartered Building Surveyor and is currently Director of the School of Built Environment at Liverpool John Moores University. He has extensive private sector property and building surveying experience as a Chartered Surveyor and has a postgraduate qualification in Building Services Engineering.
He also has a wide range of commercial experience through strategic consultancy in the fields of Dilapidations, Property Management and Post-occupancy Evaluation for a range of public and private sector clients.
SIMS, Cathy has extensive Talent Management experience having started off in 1991 as a Graduate Recruiter and later HR Manager for leading international management consulting firm, Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. From 1997 to 2003, Cathy lead the South African Talent Management team with responsibility for the attraction, selection and development of approximately 500 graduates per annum.
SSEBUWUFU, Professor P John M has been the Director of Research & Programmes at the Association of African Universities (AAU), based in Accra, Ghana, since 2005. He is currently a member of several international committees and boards, including the World Bank Millennium Science Initiative (MSI), where he acts as the Technical Expert; and he is also the Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of CITIBANK (Uganda) Ltd, which is part of the worldwide CITIGROUP headquartered in New York, USA.
Professor Ssebuwufu has contributed to many international publications, including the prestigious international journal Nature.
He was the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Uganda, from 1993 - 2004; and Senior Consultant on Higher Education Management with Ssebuwufu Associates from 2004 - 2005.
THABANE, Dr Lehana is a professor of biostatistics and associate chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). He is the Director of Biostatistics at St Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton and Senior Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute of the Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. A winner of the Excellence Award in Teaching for 2004-2006 at McMaster, he has extensive experience as an educator and mentor. To date he has mentored over 70 MSc and PhD trainees. He is the clinical trials mentor for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and has also been a mentor for the ISIBALO Young Statisticians Programme - which aims to build capacity for the development of statistics in Africa. He has been involved in many international capacity-building projects including the ADAPT (African Development of AIDS Prevention Trial Capacity) programme, funded by the International Development Research Centre and led by CIET-Canada to build capacity in HIV prevention trials in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Thabane has co-authored over 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 250 abstracts presented at national and international meetings. He is a member of several professional associations and serves on the panels of many national granting agencies such as the CIHR Clinical Trials panel, the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Young Investigator Awards panel. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for OHAfrica - a joint initiative of the Ontario Hospital Association and the Change Foundation whose goal was to support the introduction of antiretroviral treatment programmes for people living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.
WAFULLAH, N Teresah is an African Knowledge Transfer Partnership (AKTP) Associate with MEA Limited in charge of production and marketing of an organic bio-fertiliser. She holds a BSc Horticulture (Honours) degree from Maseno University and is currently undertaking a Post-graduate Diploma in Project Management. Her duties as an associate are not limited to production only but include also line and brand marketing of the organic fertiliser, budget preparation, supplying of customer and ensuring that all customer needs are met. She conducts field trials for the organic fertiliser with various organisations, firms and farms to confirm its efficacy in Kenya, Eastern and Central Africa.
Teresah has previously volunteered as a Communications Liaison at Afrique Consult, a business development and human resource firm; and, through volunteerism, has been able to work with various youth groups around Kenya on HIV/AIDS Stop Stigma campaigns. She draws her inspiration from young women around the world, and especially across the African continent, who struggle each day to become great achievers.
WICKSTEAD, Professor Myles, CBE was, from early 2004 to late 2005, Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa (CfA). The Commission's Report 'Our Common Interest' formed the basis of the G8 Gleneagles Communique on Africa. The Commission has in September 2010 produced a follow-up Report - 'Still Our Common Interest' - to report on progress against the CfA's recommendations.
Myles has a long history of involvement with, and working in, Africa. Between 1993 and 1997 he was based in Nairobi as Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa, responsible for British Government development programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He coordinated the 1997 Government White Paper 'Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century'; served on the Board of the World Bank (and as Development Counsellor at the British Embassy) in Washington from 1997 to 2000; and from 2000 to 2004 was based in Addis Ababa as British Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Having left Government service in late 2005, Myles is now Visiting Professor (International Relations) at the Open University and is on the Boards of a number of NGOs, Trusts and Foundations. He is Chair of CONCERN UK and One World Media (OWN); Independent Vice-Chair of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy; and Board member of the Baring Foundation, the Development Studies Association, the Comic Relief International Grants Committee, the International Inspiration Foundation and the Advisory Council of Wilton Park.
Myles has degrees from the Universities of St Andrews (MA First Class Honours) and Oxford (M.Litt), and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education by Leeds Metropolitan University in July 2009 in recognition of his work on Africa. In the New Years Honours 2006 he was appointed CBE.
WILLIAMS, Koffi is an international Human Rights and Organisational Development Specialist. Educated in the UK with a degree in Law and an MBA, Koffi has spent the greater part of his career promoting equality of access, opportunity and outcome at the individual, organisational and societal levels, believing passionately that equality and equity lie at the heart of building prosperous and cohesive societies that are at ease with themselves.
Purplepeeple.com was established in 2009 as a positive action response to what he saw at the inequitable access to the 'life chances' which many in the 'developed world' take for granted but which are beyond the reach of a significant proportion of the African populace. Koffi believes that the inequitable access to these 'game changing opportunities' not only frustrates the career aspirations of many young people in Africa but ulimately results in deep social tensions and poor relative economic performance. Koffi currently lives in Accra, Ghana which is the African headquarters of Purplepeeple.com.