Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie

Co-Founder, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)

Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie served as Senior Advisor to governments of Mauritius (2012) and Mexico (2010), Chairs-in-Office of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD; www.gfmd.org). One focus of Chukwu-Emeka’s work during GFMD 2012 was strengthening intra-African cooperation around talent mobility to enhance Africa's investment attractiveness, competitiveness, and productivity with a view to accelerating job-creation in the region and tackling jobless growth. In 1994, Chukwu-Emeka co-founded the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) in London with a mission to mobilize and harness the African diaspora’s resources for Africa’s development (AFFORD Sierra Leone was established in 2008). He was Executive Director of AFFORD UK, 1998-2008. Between 2008 and 2010,Chukwu-Emeka coordinated a multimillion-pound program to assist the government of Sierra Leone to devise and implement a strategy to strengthen the private sector. Among other achievements, this program established the country’s first annual national business plan competition, now in its third generation.