RAQUEL WILSON is Founder of Future Narratives, a strategy consultancy redefining the ideas, innovations and interactions driving growth across Africa and emerging markets.
A media and communications expert with more than 20 years experience supporting impact organizations, multinational corporations and emerging startups, Raquel is a former Diplomat with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, in Warsaw, Poland, where she was responsible for leading the deployment of Europe’s first online platform for hate crime monitoring and reporting; and has worked with the International Organization for Migration’s Somalia Stabilization Initiative as Head of the Strategic Communications and Media Unit implementing donor-funded, small grants supporting reconciliation and recovery.
She serves as adviser to technology startups across East and West Africa, is a former fellow at pan-African tech accelerator MEST Africa, and worked with UNICEF as a Digital Strategy Consultant for more than ten years. Raquel is the Co-Editor of No Tees Please: Why Africa Aid Campaigns #FAIL, a crowdsourced inquiry into the practices of inventing disadvantageous aid campaigns; Curator of TEDxYouthInspire, the first TEDxYouth event on the African continent; and worked as Campaign Manager for Social Media Week Lagos’ #55FORWARD initiative, bringing together ambassadors from fifty-five African nations to discuss how they are using social media to meet the needs of the continent’s rapidly increasing youth population.
A serial entrepreneur, Raquel was Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Jetstream Africa, a supply chain platform simplifying export logistics for African agriculture suppliers, and Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Lou Bess? Dakar Farmers Market, Senegal’s first farmers market, where she played a vital role in designing a community-focused approach to promoting economic growth for local producers.
Renowned for connecting people across her expansive network, and building strong, resilient communities, Raquel facilitates partnerships that strengthen cross-border trade for SMEs, supports impact organizations as a communications specialist, and mentors young women and girls in leadership and discovering themselves unapologetically.
She is based in Dakar, Senegal and Nairobi, Kenya.