The live will bring together key stakeholders, including climate experts, youth leaders and representatives, for a “deep dive” discussion on what progress has been made in addressing climate challenges, particularly in building resilience and positively affectively affecting the lives of the ‘end-victim’ of climate, mostly rural women. A distinguished panel of experts will reflect on the outcomes of COP26 and share their perspectives on what solutions are needed, what policy makers in Africa should be focusing on and how we ensure that African priorities are reflected in and influence the global climate narrative.
Dolika Banda is an independent Non-executive Director at Harith Infrastructure Investment and a Global Ambassador for The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. She is the former CEO of African Risk Capacity Insurance Ltd and has held Non-Executive Director positions at Ecobank Transnational and the UK Department for International Development’s Financial Sector Deepening Africa programme. A Zambian national and based in Lusaka, she has over 25 years’ experience in international finance and banking and has worked across the world in Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the US. A former Director at the IFC, and a former Regional Director for Africa at CDC Group, Dolika’s involvement in development finance followed a successful career in banking. She has held senior positions at Barclays Bank Zambia in corporate and merchant banking and at Citibank Zambia in financial control, credit, treasury and international relationships.
Dr Nicholas Westcott has been Director of the Royal African Society since November 2017, having worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and European Union for 35 years, and been involved with Africa for over 40 years.
After completing a BA in History and PhD in African history at Cambridge University, he joined the FCO in 1982 and has served in Brussels, Washington DC, Tanzania (as Deputy High Commissioner) and from 2008-2011 as British High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo. Prior to that, from 2002-2007, he was the FCO’s Chief Information Officer. In 2011 he moved to Brussels to work for the EU’s External Action Service as Managing Director for Africa, and from 2015 as Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa. He is a Research Associate at SOAS’s Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, sits on the Editorial Board of African Affairs and the Board of the African Centre for Economic Transformation (Accra), and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of Chatham House. He was awarded the CMG in 1998. He has published a number of articles on African history, European foreign policy and international economic relations, and maintains an active interest in contemporary African and Middle Eastern politics, business, music and culture.
Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger is the Chief Executive Officer of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), formerly known as the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency.
He was appointed to the position in January 2009. A former Prime Minister of Niger, from 1997 to 2000, Dr. Mayaki has a Master’s degree from the National School of Public Administration (Enap), Quebec, Canada and a PhD in Administrative Sciences from the University of Paris I, France.
He worked as a Professor of Public Administration in Niger and Venezuela. From 1996 to 1997 he was appointed Minister in charge of African Integration and Cooperation and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger.
In August 2000, he set up the Analysis Centre for Public Policy in Senegal. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Mayaki was a guest Professor at the University of Paris XI, where he lectured on international relations.
He also led research at the Research Centre on Europe and the Contemporary World within that university. In 2004, he served as Executive Director of the Platform in support of Rural Development in West and Central Africa, the Rural Hub, based in Dakar, Senegal.
Dr. John Asafu-Adjaye is Senior Fellow at ACET tasked with leading research work under the economic management and governance program. Prior to joining ACET he held a position as an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
John has an extensive track record in research and consultancy on agricultural, environmental and economic development issues in Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. His areas of expertise include natural resource economics, environmental economics (including climate change economics), agricultural economics, applied econometrics, economic modelling (including CGE modelling), impact analysis and policy analysis.
His previous clients include the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Danish International Development Agency, the Government of Papua New Guinea, Queensland Treasury, Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Economic Research Consortium, ExxonMobil, KPMG Ltd, Nera Consulting and FTI Consulting.
John holds a PhD in natural resource economics from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; an MSc in operations research from the University of Aston, Birmingham, UK and a BSc in agricultural economics from the University of Ghana, Legon.
Moky Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and has lived in London, Johannesburg and Lagos. She is the Executive Director of Africa No Filter, a donor collaborative focused on shifting the African narrative. Prior to that she was the Deputy Director for Communications Africa at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she was responsible for building and managing the foundation’s reputation on the continent. In 2017 she took on interim role as the foundation’s Country Representative to South Africa responsible for government relations and internal program coordination. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Moky worked as Communications Director for the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Nigeria. Prior to that she was a well-known TV presenter, producer, author, publisher and a successful entrepreneur in her own right.
Moky holds an Honours degree in Politics, Economics and Law from Buckingham University in the UK. As part of her passion to present a positive image of Africa and showcase its heroes and achievements, she created one of the first websites to serve as a repository of positive facts about the continent. Visit the website at: www.africaourafrica.com. Moky started and runs the first storytelling networking event for women called Herstory Joburg.
Moky serves on the advisory boards of five non-profits: Junior Achievement Africa, the Houtbay Partnership, Corps Africa, Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and The Festival Academy. She is a non-executive director at the communication Advisory BB Partners and a member of the Angel investment group Dazzle Angels