Dr Wiebe Boer
Under his leadership, the Foundation strategically deploys its resources to resolve challenges that inhibit Africa’s entrepreneurs. Dr Boer is a Director of Mtanga Farms, Tanzania; a Director of East Africa Exchange, Rwanda; and a Director of Avon Healthcare. He serves on the advisory boards of Digital Divide Data (DDD) Kenya and IC Publications, as well as several Nigerian public sector committees.
Previously, Dr Boer was the associate director in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa office and a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
He was born and raised in Jos, Nigeria and earned a Ph.D. in History from Yale University.
Director, Leadership & Entrepreneurship Development
Désirée comes to The Tony Elumelu Foundation with over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, for–‐profit and non-profit sectors.
Ms. Younge’s educational training and professional experience encompasses poverty alleviation and economic development, practiced through venture philanthropy and impact investing models in her role as a Senior Program Officer at the Robin Hood Foundation and as Senior Manager at Synergos Institute’s Global Philanthropy Network.
Most recently, she was the Founder and CEO of Cotton Tree Philanthropy Advisors Inc., based in New York. Désirée holds a Masters in International Affairs from the New School University, New York, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Art from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Director of The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s Africapitalism Institute
He is responsible for the development, management and overall strategy for the newly-established Africapitalism Institute – a pan-African think tank conducting research and promoting policy reforms and business practices that will facilitate the growth of Africa’s private sector in order to accelerate economic and social development throughout the continent. He is also responsible for the Foundation’s policy and research portfolio, and is assisting with the creation of the Tony Elumelu Business School. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University.
Prior to joining the Foundation, he was the Africa Advisor to the Milken Institute, a contributing writer on Africa for Fortune Magazine, and led New York University’s Development Dividend Project. He was also a Visiting Faculty member at the University of Nairobi, and consulted US companies investing in Africa. Past positions also include serving as Executive Director of New York University’s Development Research Institute, working for the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Global Insight in London, a microfinance charity with operations in Malawi and Zambia, and in various positions with the U.S. Government. He also founded and managed two businesses – the Micro Equity Development Fund and Strategic Policy Concepts.
He obtained his Master’s Degree from Harvard University with a concentration in economics and international development. He has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Latin and Central America as well as through 15 African countries. He is an avid non-fiction writer and photographer.
She is responsible for supporting internal and external communications for the Foundation as well as brand management, events coordination and PR engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at the Global Environment Facility of the World Bank Group as the Junior Professionals Associate with Operations and Business Strategies Team. She also worked freelance in film & media productions as a writer and producer.
She brings to the Foundation effective creative communication skills; experience with project management and support; experience planning meetings and stakeholder engagement; proficiency with visual and social media and the ability to collaborate to the execution of tasks.
Eniola holds a professional Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Howard University, Washington DC with concentrations in socio-infrastructural development and sustainable design. Her other interests include fiction writing and film making.
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
As the Executive Assistant to the CEO, he sees to the successful execution of the CEO’s affairs, manages the administrative needs of the Foundation; handles the grant portfolio while also assisting the director for entrepreneurship and leadership development.
Gabriel has over five years customer service experience with Air Nigeria (formally Virgin Nigeria) where he worked as a Purser on board and a stint in the marketing communications world with Dawn Functions Limited as copywriter/visualiser working on top brands like Union Bank, Aero Contractors, Neimeth e.t.c.
Gabriel holds an HND in Mass Communications from Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State.