Grace is a UK-qualified commercial lawyer with over a decade of experience advising non-profits and social ventures. She has practised in both the private and non-profit sectors, including as legal counsel for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where she advised on commercial agreements, contentious matters and strategic legal issues. Grace began her career in international development as a legal policy researcher for Oxfam’s Economic Justice Campaign.
She holds a masters degree in commercial law with distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a diplôme in International Trade and Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Haroun is a global health and development professional. Most recently, he worked as a Health Sector Analyst supporting the WHO on health information management in Ethiopia and the Lake Chad region with iMMAP, an international NGO. Previously, as the Sierra Leone Project Manager with the Financing Alliance for Health, he has been involved in identifying and developing sustainable financing solutions for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s Community Health Worker program. He earned an MPH with a concentration in international health from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2007, and he received a BS in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. Born in California, raised mostly on the east coast of the U.S., and with a family background from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Haroun considers himself a global citizen with knowledge of African affairs and a desire to help bridge the gap between Africa and the diaspora.
Neneh is an International Business and Marketing undergraduate at the University of Leeds. In 2016, she received the “Global Leadership Award” from Common Purpose for presenting a sustainable plan of action to charity organisers in response to an assessment of their most detrimental issues. In the same year, she held a role in marketing for Leeds University’s Black Feminist society which actively empowers marginalised groups of women on campus. Presently, she leads a team of ambassadors for emerging fashion platform, Student High Street, and is the marketing director of Echo Music Global, an innovative music application currently in its pre-launch phase. Further to this, she provides pro-bono business development support to diaspora and African-based entrepreneurs in agriculture, education, and social enterprise. As a contributor for the West African Careers publication, she writes articles on country-specific investment opportunities, growth sector insights, and exclusive celebrity interviews with the aim of mobilising a diaspora-focused readership towards homeland opportunities.