An activist and advocate from a very early age, Raquel Wilson has remained persistent in living her passion for inclusive growth and equitable wealth.
She is the Co-Founder of Bikosi, a fintech company driving more retail investments from around the globe into Africa-based asset classes; CEO of the Wesley Group, a global strategy and development firm creating more equitable and sustainable futures for communities; and the Founder of Gather, a leadership accelerator that prepares and positions more women for high-level roles in public service.
As a Diplomat with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights she led the deployment of the first online platform for monitoring hate crimes across Europe, and has supported the Federal Government of Somalia as Head of the Strategic Communications and Media Unit for the International Organization for Migration’s Somalia Stabilization Initiative, connecting rural women to government services through a radio program and listening group. She has also supported the African Development Bank’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund, and successfully completed the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s training program for African Women Investors.
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 international network, Raquel is committed to abolishing food deserts, introducing more diverse voices into culturally considerate climate change conversations and mentors young women in discovering themselves unapologetically.