Delivering emerging healthcare.
Patron: President Dr Babacar Ndiaye
Former and Honorary President of the African Development Bank, Founder of Afreximbank, and the African Business Round Table (ABR).
President Dr Babacar Ndiaye’s professional career was mainly with the African Development Bank. During his tenure, he was awarded the International Banker of the Year 1984 by the influential Finance Review and served two terms as the President. He is also the founder of the African Business Round Table (ABR), the African Export-Import Bank (AfreximBank), and a member of the African Forum of former African Heads of State and Government and other African leaders.
He has also served as a member of the Presidential Council for investment in Mauritania , and also as a member of the Scientific Committee of Teresys Foundation.
President Dr Ndiaye has been awarded honorary doctorates by Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, and Lincoln University, Philadelphia. He currently resides in Dakar, Senegal.
Honorary member: Professor Myles Wickstead CBE
Senior Advisor to the Africa Unit, Association of Commonwealth Universities, United Kingdom
Professor Wickstead was, from early 2004 to late 2005 the Head Secretariat to the Commission for Africa (CfA). The Commissions’ report ‘Our Common interest’ formed the basis of the G8 Gleneagles Communique on Africa. The Commission in September 2010 produced a follow up report, ‘Still Our Common Interest’ to report on progress against the CfA’s recommendations. These publications have been widely cited in academic literature and have formed the basis of many follow up reports on Africa.
Professor Wickstead has a long history of involvement with Africa, and has spent extensive time working in the continent. Between 1993 and 1997 he was based in Nairobi, Kenya as the Head of the British Development in East Africa responsible for the British Governments’ development programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He was also based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 2000-2004 as the former British ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Professor Wickstead left Government in 2005 and is now a Visiting Professor of International Relations at the Open University. He is also a Special advisor to the Parliamentary International Development Select Committee. He has degrees from St Andrews (MA first class) and Oxford.
Professor Wickstead was appointed CBE in 2006, and has honorary Doctorates by Leeds Met University, the Open University, and the Ulster University in recognition of his work on Africa.
Member: Mr Justin Dowds
Corporate and Community Director at Compassion International
Mr Justin Dowds is a trained pharmacist and qualified from the Robert Gordon University with a BPharm degree in 1998.
He then joined Compassion International, in May 2011 where he is the current Corporate and Community Director. Compassion International is a 5 star charity involved in sponsoring disadvantaged children in Africa and other developing countries.
Mr Justin Dowds has extensive experience in fund raising for charity work and has raised thousands of pounds for projects in Africa and around the world. His current project is building a £300,000 new hospital in Haiti, which he partly raised as a result of tackling the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilamanjaro.
He is the head project manager for the Leadership Development Programme (LEAD) which sponsors disadvantaged students to pursue a career in a relevant tertiary institution.
Mr Dowds is currently studying for his MBA from Edinburgh University.
Member: P Kulan Mills
Kulan Mills trained as a chartered accountant and chartered management accountant with Ernst & Young, qualifying in the 1970’s. He then joined KPMG in London UK. He was head of group planning for the British Alcan Aluminium and TI. He became a business consultant in 1998; he worked as an associate director of European consultancies VBD of Germany, Karo International and Sofreco of France. He was also the COO of a small ($45 million) hedge fund in London.
He is now a visiting lecturer at City University and a trustee of Oxonian Heart Foundation UK, a charity that takes heart surgery to third world countries.