Ross Alexander

Ross is the Chief Executive Officer of AML. This role has required him to manage all of AML’s current and past client relationships across several sub-Saharan African countries; ensuring that AML delivers value and results for clients. Since joining AML in 2010/11, Ross has worked extensively in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uganda in particular. He has a strong understanding of business and politics in Africa and a significant network across the continent. Ross has particular knowledge of the Oil and Gas industry across the continent and also specialises in the fast moving consumer goods sector. Ross previously worked at PepsiCo and has a background in the UK private sector, specialising in business development, marketing and management.


Charlie-GarnettCharlie Garnett

Charlie is the Chief Operating Officer at AML. He is responsible for AML’s work in Mozambique, Uganda, and Malawi, and has a good understanding of other countries across the sub-Saharan region more generally. Charlie works with FTSE 100 clients from the agricultural, mining and oil and gas sectors, as well as working with our private equity clients and their portfolio companies. He has helped several international corporations with their business strategy and government relations in some of the fastest growing markets in Africa. Charlie joined AML in 2009 after completing a MSc in African Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Prior to this Charlie worked for Blue Skies Holdings, an international fruit export company, where he was responsible for business development in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa and Brazil.

Raphael Vermeir CBE
Senior Adviser

Raphael worked for ConocoPhillips in engineering, managerial and leadership roles based in Europe, USA, Middle East and Africa. His most recent assignments were MD of the Nigeria Operations and VP Government Affairs International. He received his master degrees in Engineering and Management from MIT. Raphael has chaired a number of trade associations and is now on the board of several industry and charitable institutions. Raphael now works as an independent adviser on energy and extractive industry matters.


Emma-WrightEmma Bianco
Business Development Manager

Emma is the Business Development Manager for AML and works mainly with our financial services clients. Emma joined AML from the BVCA where she worked with clients on issues relating to the private equity industry, and alongside this was involved in the start up of an African venture capital initiative. She previously worked at Strand Partners, a corporate finance advisory, where she focused on deals across Africa, after spending two years as an Associate with 8 Miles, an African private equity firm. She started her career as an emerging market Analyst with First State Investments in Asia, after completing an MSc in African Economics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She has worked at, and raised money for, several charitable projects in Africa, including Build Africa, Africa Ventures, The Mara Foundation, and most recently Street Child of Sierra Leone.


Chiara van Oekel
Senior Consultant

Chiara is Senior Consultant with responsibility for Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Since she joined in March 2013 she has built up a strong political and business network and combines this with a sound understanding of issues facing investors in the countries.  Chiara works predominantly with clients in the energy, financial and FMCG  sectors. This work includes building market entry strategies, providing granular political analysis and high-level government engagement. In Ethiopia, Chiara recently assisted a client to have a clear line of sight into the Government decision making on an ongoing government tender issue.  Chiara travels to the three countries on a regular basis but most frequently to Kenya, where part of her family is based. Chiara was awarded a BA in History at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies where she focused on the history of Africa and the Middle East. She regards her two years at United World College of the Atlantic as the beginning of her academic interest in Africa.

Yaw-AfriyieYaw Afriyie
Senior Consultant

Yaw is the Senior Consultant with responsibility for Anglophone West Africa. Yaw previously worked with Africa Practice as a researcher and an iIndependent Africa analyst providing economic and political analysis to clients such as FTI Consulting and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has considerable expertise in Ghana and Nigeria’s political economy. Since joining AML, Yaw has been responsible for managing a diverse range of clients from the financial services, agricultural, FMCG, and oil & gas sectors with their stakeholder engagement strategy, political risk analysis, and enhanced due diligence on prospective partners. Yaw’s strong links with Ghana and Nigeria’s business and political elites has strengthened AML’s value offering to clients. He is fluent in Twi, a widely spoken Ghanaian language, and holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London.

Daniel Hochar
Senior Consultant

Daniel is the Senior Consultant with responsibility for North and Francophone Africa. Prior to joining AML, he was based in Kenya where he headed the growth of an end-mile distribution company. He has a good understanding of many African political economies, having also worked for an agri-business in Sudan and conducted research on Rwanda’s agriculture sector. His business experience has exposed him to a variety of different industries where he occupied roles in market research, strategy formulation and project management. In 2013, Daniel co-founded a food distribution start-up in Paris. Following his start-up’s success, he studied at the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded an MSc in International Development, with distinction. Daniel is fluent in English, French and Arabic and is also a beginner in Spanish. He is passionate about the private sector’s role in Africa’s development, which was the topic of his dissertation, and he has a good business network in the region he covers, and in other parts of Africa.

Hélène Raiga-Clemenceau

Hélène Raiga-Clemenceau is a Consultant at AML with expertise in North and Francophone Africa. She is an experienced consultant who has worked with clients to help them understand the transactional and regulatory environments in their regions of operation. Hélène has worked with clients from a number of different sectors, including oil and gas, presenting stakeholder maps and conducting on-the-ground research. She has an excellent understanding of local dynamics in the region she covers and brings method and rigour to AML’s scenario and due diligence work across the African continent. Hélène is a French citizen with previous experience working with PGI Intelligence, Aegis, Engie (GDF Suez) and the French Ministère de la Défense. She speaks English and French fluently and some Arabic, and holds an MSc from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA and MA from SciencesPo Paris.

Neema Patel

Neema is a Consultant at AML with responsibility for Southern Africa. She began her career researching oil, gas and mining governance issues at Global Witness and the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Having garnered a keen interest in these sectors, she went on to spend the next two and a half years moving between Sierra Leone and Malawi, where she worked with government to enhance revenue and public administration efficiency in their mineral and forestry sectors respectively. More recently, she was involved in developing a roadmap for the introduction of due diligence measures in mining license management in Sierra Leone. Neema holds a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Surrey and an MSc in Globalisation and Development from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where she wrote her dissertation on China’s engagement in Angola’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction.

Matthew-RugambaMatthew Rugamba

Matt is an Associate at AML. Matt has a wealth of knowledge on investment, economic empowerment, poverty reduction and good governance on the continent. Matt is a thoughtful and experienced expert on sub-Saharan Africa and is passionate about the region’s progress. Matt holds an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Matt’s most admired African leader is Patrice Lumumba, for his oratory and courage. His favourite personal African memory is of fishermen who had laid their lanterns across a wide section of Lake Victoria, to attract the fish at night, ”the sight was spectacular, it was like a ‘floating city’ on the lake”.

Piers Dawson

Piers is an Associate at AML. Prior to joining AML, Piers worked at Lloyds Banking Group, where his last role was as an Analyst in the Capital Markets business. Piers’ geographic focus at AML is continent wide and he works with clients from a number of different sectors. He has travelled extensively in East Africa and spent time living in Kenya in 2013. Piers holds a BA in History from King’s College London and an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, his primary research focus centred on the effect of international sovereign bond issuance on governance in sub-Saharan Africa.

Helen-englishHelen English
Events Manager and PA to the Board

Helen is AML’s Events Manager and PA to Baroness Lynda Chalker and the Board. She works closely with our clients on high-profile events with regard to protocol and logistics. Most recently, she worked on securing six African Heads of States and their delegations coming to London for the Global African Investment Summit in December 2015, where she was instrumental in managing the onsite security and Presidential panel sessions. Helen also manages the preparation of the President of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council and the Uganda Presidential Investment Roundtable, which are annual events. Before joining AML, Helen graduated from Portsmouth University with a BSc in Geography. She previously worked as a PA in a large recruitment company where she managed the work schedules of multiple Directors. Like all of us at AML she shares a love of Africa having worked previously in South Africa and completing her dissertation in Mozambique. She is one of the more daring members of the team having sky dived over the Garden Route and bungee jumped from the Bloukrans Bridge. 

Sarah Middleton
Office Manager and PA to the Board

Sarah is the Office Manager and PA to the Board. Sarah was awarded an MA in Classics from the University of St Andrews. After graduating, she worked as a Classics teacher for two years at Kamuzu Academy, a private boarding school in Malawi, which was founded by the first President of Malawi, the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda. She enjoyed working with her Malawian colleagues, teaching Scottish dancing and hockey and visiting Lake Malawi.  She also volunteered in a local orphanage where she built ties with the local community. Sarah also lived in Zambia, and as a result of her experiences working and living in Africa, she is passionate about investing in Africa.