Our People

We are optimists about Africa, and have a relentless belief that change is possible and problems can be overcome. We work in countries that are at turning points and draw inspiration from their resilience. We seek to recruit determined optimists. Our diverse teams include old hands and development newcomers. But they share a determination to make a difference. If you are interested in a career with AGI, click here. 

Leadership

 

Nick Thompson

Nick Thompson, Chief Executive

Nick leads AGI. He works to make the case for the importance of effective government to African development.  You can read Nick’s latest annual letter here. Before becoming CEO, Nick set up AGI’s programme in Sierra Leone in 2008 and our Liberia programme in 2009. He was AGI’s Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2012. Prior to joining AGI, Nick worked for the UK Government advising Ministers on a range of policy areas including trade, energy and the environment.

 

Andy Ratcliffe

Andy Ratcliffe, Deputy CEO and Director of Strategy and Development

Andy leads AGI’s strategy, influencing and development. He also writes and speaks for AGI on the challenge of strengthening government effectiveness in Africa. Andy has been with AGI since its first birthday, starting off in our Rwanda project before moving on to work on developing AGI's business model. Before that he was a Senior Policy Adviser on Education in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in London. Andy's work on poverty reduction began a decade ago with work for the University of Oxford on definitions and measures of poverty in the UK and in Africa (for more information and a list of publications see www.casasp.ox.ac.uk). 

 

Louise Harris, Chief Operating Officer

Louise manages AGI’s people, operations and finance. She works from London and is responsible for ensuring that AGI has the right systems to run our projects and to respond effectively to unpredictable events. She joined the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) in 2012. Before that Louise was Director of Finance and Operations at ACEVO working to support and develop CEOs across the Charity Sector. After starting her career as a chartered accountant with PwC she went on to work at ICI and in the music industry, before making her move to the charity sector in 2009.

Katherine Randall

Katherine Peskett, Director of Programmes

Katherine ensures that AGI’s programmes are delivering maximum impact for the people of the countries we serve. She travels regularly to our partner countries, leading on strategy-setting, performance management, and coaching our teams. Katherine joined AGI in 2012 to lead our project in Rwanda. Previously she worked for the UK Government, including in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, advising Ministers on policy areas such as energy and climate change, health and social care, and justice and home affairs. Katherine first worked in Africa in 2008 – as a monitoring and evaluation consultant for Save the Children in Côte d’Ivoire – while completing a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Shruti Mehrotra, Africa Governance Initiative

Shruti Mehrotra, Director of Project Development & Power Africa

Shruti oversees AGI projects in new countries and fragile states and leads our engagement with the Obama flagship development initiative Power Africa. She previously set up and led AGI’s project in Guinea from 2011 to 2013, where she worked for newly elected President Alpha Condé to help implement his vision of change for the country. Shruti has worked on state building and international development since 2001. She began her work in the field leading humanitarian assistance programmes in Afghanistan, the West Bank and Darfur. Prior to joining AGI, she was selected as a Global Leadership Fellow by the World Economic Forum and led multi-stakeholder policy initiatives and dialogues for the organization. Shruti started her career as a strategy consultant with the Monitor Group and holds two Masters degrees from the London School of Economics.

In the Field


Kate Dooley

Kate Dooley, Country Head – Sierra Leone

Kate leads AGI’s team in Sierra Leone, which until recently was working with the Government to unlock the country’s economic potential. The team is currently focused on supporting Sierra Leone’s government to respond to the Ebola outbreak. Prior to joining AGI, Kate worked at Save the Children in London, advising the organisation on influencing multilateral institutions, primarily economic and financial institutions such as the G20 and World Bank. She started her career at the Australian Treasury and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury.

Tunde Ladipo, Country Head – Nigeria

Tunde is the head of AGI’s project in Nigeria, assisting the Nigerian government to deliver its Transformation Agenda, designed to ensure that Nigeria’s economic growth delivers improved public services to all Nigerians. He works in Abuja in the Ministry of Finance. Previously, he worked for AGI in Liberia’s National Investment Commission, to help the Government attract new, high-quality investors in priority sectors to Liberia. Prior to joining AGI, Tunde worked in banking and as a consultant.

Sebastien Frendo, Country Head

Sebastien joined AGI in 2011 as a Blair-Elumelu Fellow with the Sierra Leone project, working on private sector development and energy. He became deputy country head later that year before taking over as country head in 2013. Before joining AGI Sebastien shared his time between developing his own social enterprise (ShARE) and working as a strategy consultant in Africa. Prior to that, Sebastien worked at the Boston Consulting Group in Paris. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a Masters degree in Engineering from Telecom Paris and Shanghai Jiaotong. In addition to his Africa experience, Sebastien has spent 5 years studying and working in China and in India.

Tim Bromfield

Tim Bromfield, Country Head - Rwanda

Tim leads our team in Rwanda, which focuses on supporting the government to deliver its development agenda. He works in Kigali and the team focuses on infrastructure, exports and capacity building. Prior to this Tim worked for AGI in Sierra Leone as the Deputy Country Head and advisor to the Office of the President and the Ministry of Finance. Before joining AGI, Tim worked as a management consultant at Accenture, where he helped set up The Guardian’s Katine Project in Uganda with AMREF. He left Accenture in 2009 to set up an environmental education charity called Atlantic Rising.

 

AGI UK Board of Trustees

 

The Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative is a UK charity governed by a Board of Trustees, and managed day-to-day by the AGI Management Team, led by our Chief Executive Nick Thompson.

Liz Lloyd, Chair of the AGI UK Board

Liz is Group Head of Public Affairs at Standard Chartered and is Chair of AGI's Board of Trustees. Liz was previously Deputy Chief of Staff to Tony Blair, and before that his Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change, Africa and Home Affairs. Since leaving Downing Street, Liz has advised several Prime Ministerial and Presidential Offices.

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top, AGI Trustee

A former social worker and university lecturer, Hilary Armstrong worked for VSO in Kenya before entering politics. Hilary was first elected as Labour MP for North West Durham in 1987. Between 2001 and 2005, she was Government Chief Whip before becoming Minister for the Cabinet Office until 2007. Shortlisted for the Charity Champion Awards by VSO, Hilary played a key role in the ‘Women Matter’ campaign, helping to ensure that women were prioritised in the new Department for International Development HIV and Aids strategy. In June 2010, Hilary was made a life peer as Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top in the County of Durham.

Stephen Lewin, AGI Trustee

Stephen is a senior partner at law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. His practice includes a focus on charity law, primarily advising on constitutional issues, assets and investment powers. Stephen is a trustee and advisor to a number of charities, in Africa, the UK and elsewhere.

'Tunde Olanrewaju, AGI Trustee

'Tunde Olanrewaju is a Partner in the London offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he also leads the UK Business Technology Practice. He focuses on Financial Services (in wholesale and retail banking) and the social sector, on issues covering strategy, organization, operations and technology, in both developed and emerging geographies. Tunde graduated with a First Class degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, London. He is a member of the Oxfam Association, the advisory board of Oxfam GB, and also a member of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative.

 

Kate Gross

Kate Gross, Founding CEO of AGI

Kate set-up AGI with Tony Blair in 2008 having previously worked for the UK government and stayed closely involved with AGI's work until her death in 2014. She is very much missed by friends and former colleagues in London and Africa, having been a ready source of advice and inspiration for staff across AGI. Kate's book Late Fragments talks about her pride in AGI's work and her founding values remain guiding principles for the organisation today.