“Everything is possible. Impossible just takes a little longer.” – Wendy Ackerman
Samantha is a Business Coordinator at the Business Council For Africa (BCA), a private sector focused non-profit that works with companies doing business in Africa and helps facilitate sustainable investments. Prior to joining the BCA in 2010, Sam worked for the China Africa Business Council, Beijing and PwC London in their Financial Valuations and Strategy Team. Sam holds a BA in Economics and International Development from the University of Manchester, studied Business Management and the SME Economy at Manchester Business School and is presently completing an MSc in Globalization and Development at SOAS, specializing in the China- Africa private sector relationship. Sam is also the Founder of Bajan Beads, handmade jewelry complemented with topical African and Caribbean political and economic commentary.
Rob has a background in social entrepreneurship. He founded READ International as a student in 2004 which has since provided over 1.5 million books to school children in Tanzania. Rob moved on from READ in early 2011 to co-write a book about social entrepreneurs in Africa called On the Up. Since then Rob has been director of Ashoka UK, a global not for profit which supports the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs and strives to create a world of change makers.
Dr. Suzy Elneil
Dr. Suzy Eneli is trained in Uro-Gynecology surgery and practices in London as a consultant at University College Hospital. She is a member of the FIGO Committee on Fistula, and the lead author and editor of FIGO’s Global Competency-Based Fistula Surgery Training Manual to develop standardized training programs and improve outcomes for women with fistula. She is also a member of the UNFPA Fistula Working Group and is the chair of the Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD). Dr. Elneil is Sudanese, was raised in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and attended school at the University of Cambridge. She treats women with devastating pelvic floor, bladder and bowel injuries, as a consequence of childbirth, trauma, aging or neurological disease. Her work has been instrumental in improving the condition of women who suffer from the debilitating condition of fistula.
Mr Fofanah is the CEO of GoGetters, an entrepreneurial community of opportunity makers, helping each other to build successful businesses across sub-Saharan Africa. Over a period of 6 months GoGetters launched their pilot project across South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. During the journey they shot a documentary, executed 3 entrepreneurship workshops, featured on 5 TV channels and started a sugarcane drinks business in Sierra Leone. Also, Alieu is a Chartered Accountant and is employed in PwC’s Africa Business Group. In this role Alieu supports the Managing Partner and coordinates the development and implementation of the UK-Africa Alliance and the strategy for building the “PwC in Africa” brand. Alieu is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, member of RSA Diaspora Change Makers and Beta Gamma Sigma, a finalist for the 2014 Black British Business Awards and was selected as a Future Leader in the Magazine published by Powerful Media.