Raquel Wilson is CEO of the Wesley Group, a global strategy and development firm shaping the ideas, innovations and interactions creating the future of cities for people.
Raquel is the founder of Gather, a leadership accelerator that prepares and positions more women for high-level roles in public service.
A former Diplomat with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, she led the deployment of Europe’s first online platform for hate crime monitoring and reporting. Raquel has also worked with the African Development Bank’s Youth Entrepreneurship & Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund, the International Organization for Migration in Somalia and Libya, and consulted with UNICEF in New York, West Africa and the MENA region for more than a decade.
She is an active participant in African startup ecosystems, and was Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Jetstream Africa, a supply chain platform, and Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market, where she played a vital role in designing a community-focused approach to promoting economic growth for local producers in Senegal.
The Co-Editor of No Tees Please: Why Africa Aid Campaigns #FAIL, a crowdsourced inquiry into the practices of inventing disadvantageous aid campaigns, Raquel worked with Social Media Week Lagos’ to bring together ambassadors to discuss how they use social media to meet the needs of Africa’s rapidly increasing youth population.
Continuously championing clean and fair food systems, she joined the official Senegalese delegation to Terra Madre 2016, a convening of food activists from across the globe and is a founding member of Slow Food International's Dakar chapter.
Renowned for connecting people across her expansive network, Raquel is always happy to talk about how to make cities better and mentors young women in discovering themselves unapologetically.