Raquel Wilson is the CEO of the Wesley Group, a global strategy and development firm shaping the future of cities for people; and the Founder of Gather, a leadership accelerator that prepares and positions more women for high-level roles in public service.
She 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 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, where she designed a program that connected rural women to government services through a weekly radio program and listening group.
Raquel has also worked with the African Development Bank’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund, and successfully completed the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa’s Training Program for African Women Investors.
A NationSwell Council member, Raquel conducts design thinking tanks that bring extraordinary innovators together to find solutions to complex social challenges using a human-centered approach, and is currently formalizing a funding vehicle that will drive more capital into underinvested urban areas throughout the United States.
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 mentoring young women in discovering themselves unapologetically.
Raquel works between Atlanta, Georgia and Dakar, Senegal.