Guest Speaker

Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie

Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie works at the intersection of private sector development, diasporas and development, and migration and development policy, focusing on policy, program design, and practical interventions. He cofounded London-based African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) in 1994 and Freetown-based AFFORD-SL in 2008; advised several African governments on private sector development strategies, including diaspora components; and served as Senior Advisor to governments of Mexico (2010) and Mauritius (2012) in their respective capacities as Chairs of Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).


Other assignments include private sector development through market systems development; diaspora investment to boost SMEs and trade; post-Ebola transition and recovery strategies in Sierra Leone; enhancing intra-African cooperation around talent mobility in Southern/Southeastern Africa.


In June 2016, Chukwu-Emeka was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to African diaspora groups in the UK.


He is of Sierra Leonean/Nigerian origin, lived in the UK for many years, and now operates transnationally between the UK and Sierra Leone.