Based: UK

Expert on African affairs; human rights and justice Subjects Africa Development Role of Aid Investment and Change in Africa Ayo Johnson is a specialist on African affairs and is the founder and Director of Viewpoint Africa that deals with news from the continent. He has spoken to audiences all over the world and features regularly as an expert on the BBC, Aljazeera, PBS World News, and Voice of America. He recently appeared as a specialist on “The Big Questions”, BBC1’s flagship live moral and ethical debate show presented by Nicky Campbell. Ayo is a council member and consultant at GLG since 2015. The Gerson Lehrman Group covers a range of markets within the SSA region. Ayo is an active and dedicated campaigner for justice and human rights around the word. He is a pound ambassador for the HIV Policy Network, honorary member of African Peoples Advocacy and a supporter and campaigner for Every Human Has Rights. He also runs Africa Speak International a blog on African related affairs. Ayo regularly speaks at seminars and conferences around the world. He has also talked to several educational institutions including Oxford University. His topics include:- Is Africa Next; Trade not AID; Africa’s Infrastructure; Africa-China, marriage of convenience; Battle of the sexes – female empowerment; Africa’s development today is the blue print for tomorrow “I recently had the pleasure of attending a conference at “Said Business School” in Oxford, where Ayo was involved as presenter and facilitator. Ayo is an articulate speaker who is easy to listen to, and exudes a natural confidence and air of authority. I enjoyed his style immensely. He was speaking on the issue of “Is African Next?” and was clearly well informed and well respected on this topic. I would definitely recommend Ayo as an expert speaker.” Dr Graeme Codrington