Gibril Faal

Chairman of AFFORD, working to extend and enhance the role Diasporans play in African development; Board Member of the EC-UN JMDI, advising on disbursement of diaspora project grants; Founder of RemitAid™, transforming remittances into a sustainable form of international development finance using tax reliefs and other macroeconomic policies; Director of GK Partners, advising socially responsible businesses on ethical business models, legal structures, ethical and Islamic finance etc; Justice of the Peace sitting as a magistrate.

Former lecturer with The Open University, teaching on the MSc course in Global Development Management. Appointed in 2006 to undertake the independent evaluation of the non-academic impact of University of Oxford’s Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). A multidisciplinary practitioner with an eclectic professional background – working on private, public and charitable sector development. Whilst on a Department of Trade and Industry funded project, he was one of the pioneer deliverers of social enterprise business support in the UK.

Qualifications include: Combined Honours degree in Law, Finance & Management and postgraduate degrees in both Environmental Sciences and Development Studies. Member of several professional and academic bodies including the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute of Transport, Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance, Institution of Environmental Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. Gibril has led projects and written papers on a wide range of political economy, business management and international development themes. He has been a leading innovator on how to improve the economic and developmental impacts of diaspora and migrant remittances. He has delivered many expert papers and led workshops on international development finance and remittances for institutions such as: United Nations, World Bank, European Union, International Organization for Migration, UK/European Ministries for International Development, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies and several Universities and professional bodies.

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