Our people are rooted in a legacy of sacrifice and a sense of community service. Diverse, yet closely knitted, our commitment help ensures the development and sustainability of our key strategies and principle. We are proud of our inclusive environment where we demonstrate our values and empower our members towards growth and exceptional performance.
Led by a Board Chair, the Board members meets to ascertain the Forum’s defined goals, objectives and to ensure that it is well managed.
Our 8 members meet quarterly to review results and objectives presented by the Forum’s Executive Director.
Innovative, driven and a passion to be development change agents defines our team at African Philanthropy Forum. They drive APF’s vision forward and infuse creativity, can-do attitude and an unrelenting desire to build the Africa of our dream.
Our robust Advisory Group guide and ensure our goal is driven by our mission to foster shared prosperity on the African continent. The Group help us gain new insights and explore new opportunities.
Vice President, Social Impact, Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, VISA
Director, Kenyatta Trust
CEO, General Electric
Michael began his career as a teacher moving into government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities working directly with No.10. In that period onward, he became a Commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality (serving 9 years); a Member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (4 years) and the first minority on the Metropolitan Police Committee (3 years) and subsequently Advisor to Sir John Stevens, then Met Police Commissioner. Michael founded Crime Concern in 1988, merged it with the Rainer Foundation in 2008 to created CATCH22, the leading crime prevention agency. He received a CBE in 2003 for services to crime reduction and community safety.
In 1990 he started working for TVAM on education programming and then GMTV as its Chief Political Correspondent. In 1994 Michael moved to the BBC as a presenter on the weekly BBC 2 Around Westminster programme before joining its Corporate Affairs division. In 1996 he became the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and then its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2003 before becoming KPMG international’s Global Head of Citizenship in 2006. He retired from KPMG in June 2019. For 9 years Michael also sat on the BT Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business until 2016 and a Board Member of the Global Reporting Initiative ( GRI ).
Michael was conferred with a Life Peerage in 2005 and sits as a Crossbench Independent Peer in the House of Lords. He served on a Select Committee in his first two years and as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. In 2005 he also received the UNICEF Award for his ‘outstanding work on effecting positive solutions for Africa’s Children’ further to leading the BBC’s corporate response to the Blair Commission for Africa Report.
He worked with Chatham House as an advisor to the Future of the UK in Foreign Affairs enquiry working closely with Dr Robin Niblett CMG. Between 2007-19 Michael has attended the World Economic Forum in Davos annually and led the enquiry into the Future of Civil Society for the WEF and worked on the Role of Business in Society network. He has also sat on impactful enquiries on Migration, Talent and Diversity.
Michael is a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and a member of its Global Development Committee; Vice President of UNICEF UK and Ambassador for TEAR FUND. He also worked closely with Millennium Promise serving on the International Board and Chairing MPUK with a focus on Ghana. He is a Patron of the WE Foundation and a Governor of the M-Pesa Academy in Nairobi.
In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership at KPMG, the BBC and for his work in international development and corporate responsibility. In 2017 Michael was installed as the Chancellor of Regent’s University London.
Femi Oke is a Corporate communication professional with over 17 years’ multi-sector experience. With a relentless passion for creativity and digital acumen, he is vast on regional African knowledge, its diverse business culture, public, and he understands the continent’s economic drive.
Femi was Digital and Communication Manager for the KPMG Global Africa Practice in South Africa, where he developed and managed the digital footprint strategy for the KPMG Africa High Growth Markets across Sub-Saharan Africa.
He was Digital Liaison Manager between the World Economic Forum (both Davos & Africa) and KPMG offices in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Eswatini and operated as the technical communication gatekeeper for the firm’s offices in the countries listed above as well as in Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Egypt, Sierra Leone, and Lesotho.
He was instrumental in KPMG’s support to the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Thuthuka Project which promotes the CA(SA) profession amongst previously disadvantaged learners.
Femi studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State University, Nigeria, and obtained an MSc. Degree in Global Marketing from the University of Liverpool in the UK.
Volunteer: Research and Communication
Faramola Fasuyi Adewumi has worked with startups, within established organizations and non-profit organizations where she has built a track record specializing in developing strategic initiatives, communications, policies and plans that manage internal and external performance, identify and address key business issues, initiate and manage transformational change programmes and create project roadmaps to achieve desired business results.
In her journey to contribute to the development sector in Nigeria and beyond, Faramola joined APF as a Research and Communication Volunteer, to seek a platform that would enable her to contribute to scalable change and development on the African Continent.
She holds a BSc in Economics, a MSc in International Business and Corporate Governance and another MSc in Applied Management and Enterprise.