Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, Director, Up!-Africa Ltd, UK and Sierra Leone
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 co-founded 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 enhancing intra-African cooperation around talent mobility in Southern/Southeastern Africa; post-Ebola transition and recovery strategies in Sierra Leone; strengthening export-oriented SME capacity to leverage diaspora linkages to boost trade.
He is of Sierra Leonean/Nigerian origin, lived in the UK for many years, and now operates trans-nationally between the UK and Sierra Leone.