Advisory Board and our Team

Meet the WIDU Advisory Board and Team

Together with the African diaspora in Europe we unlock the potential of African new and existing micro and small businesses for economic and social development. To achieve this vision, WIDU.africa works closely with representatives from the African diaspora to gain critical insights and receive recommendations from the board of advisory.

Read more about the members of the advisory board and the team behind the project below.

WIDU Advisory Board

A WIDU.africa advisory board was established in August 2019 and currently is comprised of 19 members. It is headed by Mr. Günter Nooke, the Representative for Africa of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).  

The board consists of representatives from the Ethiopian, Ghanaian, Kenyan and Togolese diaspora, representatives from the diplomatic missions in Germany of all the African countries WIDU.africa is currently active in, representatives from civil society organisations such as Transparency International e.V.Brot für die Welt e.V., Kiel Institute for the World EconomyGerman Africa Foundation e.V.  as well as resource persons from pan-African organisations, African FinTech organisations and other African private sector experts in Germany. Board meetings take place twice a year.  

The independent and experienced experts aim to provide accompanying advice, knowledge, critical insights and recommendations to the project.

Members of the WIDU Advisory Board
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Deutsche Afrika Stiftung e.V.
Member of the WIDU Advisory Board
Kiel Institute
Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel
Member of the WIDU Advisory Board
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Brot für die Welt e.V.
Member of the WIDU Advisory Board
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Transparency International Deutschland e.V:
Member of the WIDU Advisory Board
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WIDU Team

The WIDU team, whose responsibilities include managing the project and the online platform, is dispersed between various locations, including each of the participating African countries and the GIZ headquarters in Eschborn, Germany, as well as the regional office in Feldafing.

WIDU in Germany

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Wolfram
Head of Project
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Anna
Junior Advisor Communication
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Brigitte
Head of the Finance Department
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Christine
Office Management Germany
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Daniela
Consultant Software Development and Country Coordinator Kenya
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Georg
Advisor and Country Coordinator Tunisia
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Kathrin
Senior Advisor Diaspora Coordination
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Leon
Office Management Germany
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WIDU Cameroon

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Tom
Country Coordinator Cameroon
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Amandine
Finance and Administration Officer Cameroon
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Diane
Finance and Administration Officer Cameroon
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Tresór
Junior Finance and Administration Officer Cameroon
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WIDU Ethiopia

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Aida
Country Coordinator Ethiopia
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Nuriya
Junior Project Officer
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Yohannes
Junior Accountant
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WIDU Ghana and Togo

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Barakissa
Country Coordinator Ghana and Togo
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Assistance Ghana
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Sandra
Finance and Administration Officer Ghana
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Till
Junior Advisor and Country Coordinator Ghana and Togo
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Sylvie
Finance and Administration Officer Togo
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Ami
Finance and Administration Officer Togo
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WIDU Kenya

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Fridah
Senior Project Manager Kenya
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Stella
Finance and Contract Officer Kenya
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WIDU Tunisia

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Lamia
Finance and Administration Officer Tunisia
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Wafa
Technical Expert Tunisia
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WIDU is always free of charge

We do not ever ask diaspora donors or African entrepreneurs, nor their relatives or friends, to pay for our services. WIDU funding and coaching is and will always be provided for free.
Do not under any circumstances agree to give a share of your WIDU grant to a broker or a middle-man. These brokers/middle-men are breaking the law and will be sued by us.