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Chairman

Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng

Message from the Chairman:

Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng is a leading figure on Africa and its development and a member of the UK House of Lords, having been raised to peerage in July 2010. Appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury in May 2002 under Prime Minister Rt Hon Tony Blair, he then took the office of the British High Commissioner to South Africa from March 2005 to May 2009. In March 2012 he was invited to become a Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute and was appointed Chairman in February 2017. He remains a strong voice for Africa and beyond.

COO and Trustees

Dr Alvaro Sobrinho

Dr Alvaro Sobrinho

Dr Álvaro Sobrinho is a prominent Angolan businessman and philanthropist, and Founder and Trustee of the PEI. Born and raised in Angola, Álvaro has been at the forefront of the rise of one of Africa’s most powerful economies and is now devoted to his mission to empower the continent through investment in science, technology and advanced academic training. Following the completion of the United Nations sponsored International Year of the Planet Earth in 2009, Álvaro was one of the key founding members of the PEI as a means to bring academia, governments and the private sector together to develop innovative, locally-led projects to train a new generation of African scientists.

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Nick Staite

Nick Staite

Nick is the PEI’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the organisation’s strategic direction and activities, as well as the delivery of the PEI exChange. With a background working with businesses across Africa’s frontier markets, Nick joined the PEI in 2011 to help establish the charity’s core private sector partners. He gained an MBA from the Open University in 2015.

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Sir Christopher Edwards

Sir Christopher Edwards

Sir Christopher Edwards is a highly distinguished academic, knighted in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to science, academia and the medical sector in the United Kingdom, as well as chairman of the PEI’s Academic Panel. Sir Christopher was previously Chairman of both the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Trust and of Medical Education England, and the first Principal of Imperial College School of Medicine from 1995 to 2000. Sir Christopher was also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, leading a transformation programme that saw it become one of the UK’s finest higher education institutions. Sir Christopher has long had a personal and professional passion for the African continent, and joined the PEI Trustee board in 2012. In 2017, he was made Chairman of the PEI’s Academic Panel.

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Prof. Sir Magdi Yacoub

Prof. Sir Magdi Yacoub

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Founder and Director of Research at the Harefield Heart Science Centre (Magdi Yacoub Institute). Born and raised in Egypt, he established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world where more than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed. Sir Magdi has an active interest in global healthcare delivery, and a strong interest in accelerating scientific and technological advancement in Africa.

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Executives

Carola Chiarpenello

Carola Chiarpenello

Carola is the PEI’s Digital Marketing Manager, responsible for the development and growth of the PEI exChange. With a background in growth marketing in the UK, US, France and India, Carola joined the PEI from a leading start-up in March 2017. She holds a MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics. ​

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Catia Andrade

Catia Andrade

Catia is the PEI’s Administration and Finance Manager, with responsibility for the day-to-day financial management and administration of the charity. Catia has a strong background in administration, and is now studying for a Masters in International Security at Birkbeck University.

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Elody Fumi

Elody Fumi

Elody is the PEI’s Digital Marketing Executive, responsible for excuting digital campaigns and event support. With a background in policy research joined the PEI from the Italian Embassy in London in April 2017. She holds a BA in International Relations from Exeter University.

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Sarah Hambly

Sarah Hambly

Sarah is Communications and Events Manager, responsible for the day-to-day management of the PEI’s digital channels and communications, and the delivery of the Partners Forum events. With a background in communications across EMEA, Sarah joined the PEI in 2014. She holds a BA in Art History and Theory, as well as a MA in Public Relations.

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