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

Raquel is an international development professional with nearly two decades of experience working with the United Nations and government agencies across Africa and Europe.CEO of the Wesley Group, a global strategy and development firm working to make cities better for people, Raquel is an outspoken advocate for more equitable and sustainable communities.After successfully completing the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa’s training for African Women Investors, Raquel provided outreach support to VC Include during the launch of the company's fellowship for emerging fund managers and works with Hong Kong-based Roselake Ventures to source and evaluate investment opportunities in the African tech space.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, 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 also worked with the African Development Bank’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund, provided communication strategy for several UNICEF offices globally and supported Senegal’s National Office of Sanitation in driving visibility and investment to infrastructure projects.

As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Dakar Farmers Market in Senegal, Raquel played a vital role in designing a community-focused approach to promoting economic growth for local food producers.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 as Campaign Manager for 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 and Chief Product Officer for 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.Recognizing a need to support women who have aspirations for roles at the highest levels of power and influence, Raquel launched Gather, a leadership accelerator that prepares and positions more women for roles in public service.Renowned for connecting people across her expansive international network, Raquel is committed to introducing more diverse voices into culturally considerate climate change conversations and mentoring young women in discovering themselves unapologetically.