Raquel Wilson is a global development and communications strategist with a proven track record of influencing and mobilizing communities for climate action and equitable development. Currently the CEO of the Wesley Group, a global advisory working towards a just climate transition, she is also co-founder of Gather, a leadership development program for women disrupting the world.Formerly a Diplomat with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Raquel was a key architect in the deployment of the organization's groundbreaking online hate crime monitoring platform. Her strategic communications expertise further supported Senegal's National Office of Sanitation in securing visibility and investment for critical infrastructure projects.She has worked extensively with the African Development Bank, bolstering communications for its Youth Entrepreneurship initiative and leading social media campaigns for high-level conferences. Additionally, she spearheaded communications and reconciliation efforts for the Somalia Stabilization Initiative.
Throughout her career, she has provided communications insights for organizations including IOM Somalia and UNICEF offices across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She co-founded the Dakar Farmers Market, fostering economic opportunities for local food producers.Raquel holds a Bachelor of Science in New Media from Indiana University and completed the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's training for African Women Investors. Currently an MBA candidate at Imperial College London, she specializes in strategy, climate, and sustainability.