The Rt. Hon the Lord Boateng is a Barrister, former British MP, Cabinet Minister and British High Commissioner to South Africa. Brought up in Ghana, West Africa he is a frequent writer, broadcaster and lecturer on Africa. He founded his own market regulatory advisory company Akyem Law and Advisory, is on the Health Policy Advisory Board of Gilead Sciences and is an advisor to a number of other international companies.
As a member of the House of Lords, he sits on the Joint National Security Strategy Committee of the British Parliament and is Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Development. He is a Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute, Chairs Book Aid International, the English Speaking Union and the International Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
A Methodist Lay Preacher, married to Lady Janet Boateng, a Social Policy Analyst and Company Director. They have five children and six grandchildren.
Currently, Jean Philippe Prosper is an Independent Director on the boards of various companies.
Until July 2015, Mr. Prosper was Vice President for Global Services at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. In that capacity, he co-led IFC’s global investment operations (totaling around US $20 billion a year), and advisory services covering all IFC investment and advisory activities worldwide, encompassing over 2,400 staff. He also supervised a portfolio of more than US $70 billion. One of his focus area included IFC’s activities in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS), a key priority for the WBG.
Mr. Prosper was earlier, Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (CAFLAC) where he led IFC’s investments and advisory services—delivering an investment program of about US $10 billion in fiscal year 2014 alone, and managing a portfolio of over US $20 billion. Under his leadership, CAFLAC generated over US $670 million in cash income in FY14 and was the largest and most profitable Operational Vice-presidency.
A Haitian national, Mr. Prosper became Vice President in February 2013. Prior to this, he was IFC Director for Latin America and the Caribbean responsible for all of IFC's activities in the region for one year. During Mr. Prosper’s tenure as a Director, IFC experienced its highest level of business ever in LAC, reaching US $6.5 billion that year. LAC also contributed to 40% of IFC’s profit, being the most profitable region of the institution. From July 2008 to August 2012, Mr. Prosper was the Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and a co-director of the Africa department. During Mr. Prosper’s tenure with the Africa department, IFC’s investments grew from US $140 million in fiscal year 2003 to US $4 billion in fiscal year 2012.
Mr. Prosper joined IFC in 2000 as a Chief Investment Officer for Financial Markets covering West and Central Africa and a year later became Manager, Financial Markets for Sub-Saharan Africa, relocating to Johannesburg in 2003. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Nairobi as Manager for East Africa.
Prior to joining the IFC, from 1990 to 2000, Mr. Prosper worked for the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) – today known as IDB Invest), eventually holding responsibility for all operations in Mexico, the Andean countries, Central America, Belize, and Panama. Between 1986 and 1990, he worked at SOFIHDES, a private development finance company in Haiti, where he eventually became Managing Director. During this period, Mr. Prosper was also a professor of mathematics, statistics, and managerial and corporate finance at the State University of Haiti. In the early 1980's, Mr. Prosper worked as Advisor to the Minister of State of Haiti on Financial, Economic, and Industrial Affairs. He was in charge of all negotiations with multilateral organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Mr. Prosper is the recipient of the two most prestigious awards of the World Bank Group, the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award in 2010 and the Good Manager Award in 2011.
An expert in Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations, Mr. Prosper holds an M.B.A. He is also a civil engineer with a degree in Mathematics.
Mr. Prosper is fluent in Haitian Creole, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and is proficient in Kiswahili.
Kola is the Managing Partner of Doreo Partners, an impact investing firm that leverages agriculture venture capital to drive youth employment, a critical need in Africa.
Kola brings significant leadership experience in venture capital, corporate finance, business development, marketing and operations, across four continents, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa with multiple global companies, including General Electric (GE), Abiomed and Notore.
In addition, Kola brings extensive public sector experience as the former Senior Advisor to the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. Kola is globally recognized as a thought leader in African Agribusiness, with numerous speaking engagements at leading global conferences and is a regular Agribusiness contributor to CNBC. In recognition for his leadership in driving positive change on the African Continent he has received several global awards including the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, a leading leadership institute led by General Collin Powell.
Kola holds an MBA (Honors) from Harvard and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.
Duncan, a Kenyan national, is an accomplished senior executive who integrates strategy, organization, process, people, and technology to deliver business goals. A result-driven and forward-looking leader, Duncan is a visionary who has successfully developed and directed complex corporate change initiatives, enterprise growth initiatives, relationships, acquisitions, and risk management strategies.
He has a twenty-one year track record of consistent achievement in corporate finance, operations and general management with his most recent assignment being Regional Director/CEO – East Africa of a social venture fund and as Group Chief Finance Officer of a US$100M turnover private equity owned rail operator in Kenya and Uganda.
He has served on the boards of major organisations in East Africa and the UK, including: Rift Valley Railways Ltd, Scion Real, Philafe Engineering Ltd, Acacia Medical Centre Ltd, Botanical Extracts EPZ Ltd, Western Seed and Provident Capital Transfers Ltd (UK), First Access LLC, SolarNow LLC, Sanergy Ltd, TradeMark EA, Town and Country Housing Association (UK).
Prof. Poulter (British) is an elected Fellow of the United Kingdom Institute of Food Science and Technology and is a Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, where he was formerly the Director. Between 2014 and MAY 2017 he was Director of the AGRINATURA European Economic Interest Group – a pan European body representing European Universities and Research Institutes working in the field of tropical agricultural research, development and education.
Guy has an extensive track record of directing and leading multi-disciplinary agricultural research and development activities for the benefit of developing countries, development of strategies for multi donor collaboration towards attainment of development goals and has particular experience of the issues relating to the interaction of Members States and the European Commission in the field of international agricultural development under the umbrella of the European Union.
In the course of his duties, he has extensive international work and travel experience and has been at the fore front of advocacy for better policies for global food security and agricultural for development including hands on working experience in the European Commission in Europe Aid and DG Research and Innovation.
He is also a Special Adviser to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Food and Agriculture for Development.
Ms Dolika Banda is CEO of the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd), Africa’s first catastrophe risk pool which provides parametric natural disaster insurance to African governments and is co-founded by UK DFID and German BMZ/KFW. She started the role in early September 2016.
A Zambian banking and finance expert, Ms Banda has more than 25 years of international banking and financial management experience with a focus on economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Most recently, Ms Banda was Regional Director for Africa at the UK’s Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, Ms Banda worked at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation for 16 years within its financial markets, credit, accounting and treasury departments. As Director of Financial Markets, she managed the IFC’s financial markets activities across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ms Banda has also held senior corporate and merchant banking positions at Barclays and Citibank in Zambia. She currently sits as a non-executive director on a number of boards including Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (“ETI”) and Harith-managed Pan Africa Infrastructure Development Facility (“PAIDF”).