African Foundation for Development
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Director, Engagement and policy
Onyekachi was educated at the University of Essex and completed his M.Phil in International Relations at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Before AFFORD, he worked extensively as a journalist and television documentary. He edited The Voice Newspaper at the end of the 1980s and has made documentaries and programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and PBS.
He has written widely on Africa and her global diaspora. His publications include Under the Tree of Talking: Leadership for Change in Africa (ed) and Empire Windrush: 50 years of writing about black Britain (ed). He is co-founder of African Remembrance Day and a trustee of the African social justice platform, Fahamu.
His previous positions at AFFORD, include head of communications and SCORE4africa.
Director, AFFORD Business Centre
Toyin has twenty five years’ experience of business development, marketing, finance and sales within the private and public sector. As Director she will deliver, manage and develop the ABC project in Sierra Leone with plans of expansion in other parts of Africa and the UK.
ABC is an integrated business support package with state-of-the art office space and facilities, in-house professional experts and programme of accredited training and thematic business workshops and events.
Job creation through enterprise development is one of the major strands of AFFORD's work and ABC is one of the flagship projects under this strand for which Toyin is eager to lead.
Engagement and policy manager
Paul has worked extensively with African communities and diaspora organisations both here in the UK and in North Africa and the Horn. His background is in community development and public health, and for the past five years has worked commissioning and managing specialist treatment services for drug and alcohol users and street sex-workers. He has a BA from SOAS in Arabic & Amharic and a MA in Social Anthropology of Development.
Paul joined AFFORD in April 2012. He is passionate about community development and in particular the role of the diaspora in African development.
Originally from Oxford, Paul became interested in African affairs through travelling in the continent as a young man. He is also an Associate Member of the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, where his research interests include Islamic discourses of development in North Africa and the Horn; Islamic education and development in Ethiopia; and culture, health, and migrant communities.
Engagement and capacity manager
Stella coordinates AFFORD's Africa-Gives initiative. Africa-Gives challenges young people to innovate and activate new and effective ways of enhancing how Africans give to Africa.
She has over 10 years experience of capacity building and fundraising and is actively committed to diaspora development in Africa. As a young diaspora professional working with AFFORD in 2003, she produced AFFORD’s ground-breaking research on young Africans in the UK - ‘Shaping Africa’s Future: Do young Africans in the Diaspora share the dreams of NEPAD/AU in 2011, Stella spent five months contributing her time and resources to developing a grassroots organisation in the slums of Kibera in Kenya. She is a trustee of UK-based international charity Star4Africa.
Franck is an AFFORD Associate manager working on the European Migration & Development network (EUNOMAD), the Europe-wide African Diaspora Platform for Development (EADPD) and also upgrading AFFORD’s operational systems.
Before undertaking an MSc in Management with Innovation, Franck studied and gained international development experience through organisations such as UNICEF, SOS village, Green Village Foundation, CLAAS, Reconnect Africa, and AHPN on stakeholder engagement, capacity-building and brand strategy.
He joined AFFORD as an intern and helped organise the annual 'African Diaspora and Development Day' (AD3) conferences between 2005 and 2007.
He has lived in several African countries and speaks French, English and Spanish.
AFFORD’s work is supported by a group of Resource Persons who are diaspora professionals, offering their services as volunteers.