Raquel Wilson

Raquel Wilson at the Africa Business Forum in Egypt, Dec 2018

Raquel Wilson is an international development professional with nearly two decades of experience working with organizations across Africa, Europe and North America.CEO of the Wesley Group, a global advisory working to make cities better for people, Raquel is an outspoken advocate for more equitable and sustainable communities.She is an Investment Associate at Roselake Ventures, shepherding the Hong Kong-based fund's deal flow process–sourcing and evaluating opportunities in Africa's tech ecosystem.Raquel is a former diplomat with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights where she led the deployment of the first online platform for monitoring hate crimes, and has supported the Federal Government of Somalia with reconciliation efforts, designing a radio program that connected women in rural areas of Somalia to government services.Raquel has worked with the African Development Bank’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund and Communications and External Relations Department within the President's Office to drive engagement, helped Senegal’s National Office of Sanitation increase visibility for investment to infrastructure projects, and has remained on UNICEF's consultant roster since 2006, providing communication strategy for several offices globally.As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Dakar Farmers Market in Senegal, Raquel created a community-focused approach to promoting economic growth for local food producers, and joined the official Senegalese delegation to Terra Madre 2016, a biennial convening of global food actors working to establish systems of clean and fair food.The Co-Editor of No Tees Please: Why Africa Aid Campaigns #FAIL, a crowdsourced inquiry into the practices of inventing disadvantageous aid campaigns, Raquel managed Social Media Week Lagos’ #55FORWARD initiative, bringing together ambassadors from fifty-five African nations to discuss how they use social media to meet the needs of a rapidly increasing youth population.

She was Co-Founder of Jetstream Africa, a supply chain platform simplifying export logistics for African suppliers, and served as an adviser to technology startups with the pan-African startup accelerator MEST Africa in Accra, Ghana.Dedicated to keeping access in the forefront of art conversations, Raquel joined Young Art Collector, an agency that engages artists and emerging collectors in supporting an inclusive and lucrative global art community, as a Senior Partner, and participated in the 2017 ICI Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana. For Dak’Art OFF 2016, Raquel designed “La Ville et Moi: Art Adventure Mystery Hunt”, a programme that initiated children, ages 6-13, into art spaces in and around Dakar.In 2022, to support more women who have aspirations for roles at the highest levels of power and influence, Raquel will launch Gather, a leadership accelerator that prepares and positions more women for high-level roles in public service.
Raquel holds a Bachelor of Science in New Media from Indiana University, completed the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s training for African Women Investors and is an MBA candidate at Imperial College London–focused on creating pathways to capital for communities throughout the African Diaspora.
Renowned for connecting people across her expansive network, Raquel is committed to introducing more diverse voices into culturally considerate climate conversations, decolonizing our food systems and mentoring young women in discovering themselves unapologetically.She is based in Dakar, Senegal.