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Dr Titilola Banjoko is passionate about developing and enhancing the capacity and capability required to develop Africa. In 1999, she successfully formed two companies AfricaRecruit  and aimed at strengthening Africa's ability to effectively deploy its resources for development and growth.

She has over 20 years experience working with key strategic stakeholders engaged in Africa's development. She has taken up numerous advocacy and advisory roles on the issue of capacity building in Africa by engaging with organisations such as

  • European Commission,
  • Department For International Development,
  • International Organisation for Migration,
  • United Nations,
  • World Bank,
  • African Union,
  • Commonwealth secretariat,
  • The New Partnership for Africa's Development,
  • UK parliament, private and NGO sector,
  • Top business schools in US and UK and grass root African diaspora meetings, African Governments and high profile private sector organisations.

She has authored nine publications on Africa's development capacity that is used by researchers and policy makers to inform policy and programme development.


She is a regular commentator and analyst on African related news and events on Sky TV, Al Jazeera, BenTV, VoxAfrica, BBC to name a few. She currently serves as:

    •Chair Board of Trustees, International Rescue Committee UK (IRC)October 2020. IRC responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.
    •Chair Board Trustees(May 2019) of the board at Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development(FORWARD) . The organisation works to end violence against African women and girls.
    • Trustee at Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) July 2018. The organisation is designed to train and educate health workers in Africa and Asia and work in partnership with organisations and volunteers from across the UK.
    •Council member (Trustee) of the Royal African Society (RAS). The organisation promotes Africa in business, politics, culture and academia, 2011.
    •Member of the NHS International network, 2010.
    •Co-convener African Diaspora for Better Health in Africa Initiative, 2014.

Her Previous roles include serving on ;
  • The Migrant Advisory Board of The European Commission Joint Migration and Development Initiative, Department for International Development ( DFID ) Global Poverty Advisory Board, World Health Organisation (WHO) Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Council, selection panel of the International Health Links Funding Scheme run by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and Executive board Commonwealth Business Women's Network.
  • Board of European Commission –United Nations Joint Migration and Development Initiative (2008-2012). This was a 10 million Euro fund aimed at supporting Diaspora civil society organizations and local authorities seeking to contribute to linking migration and development;
  • Department for International Development, Global Poverty Action Fund Advisory Board, a �40million/year demand-led fund supporting projects focused on poverty reduction, 2010 -2011
  • Editorial advisory board of the International Development Magazine on topical development issues by UK Parliament (2004-2006).
  • Senior Research Associate at the UK’sForeign Policy Centre 2011-2014.
  • Commonwealth Business Women’s Network 2004- 2008.
  • Board of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative
Received Nigerian Healthcare Professionals UK award one of the 70 most Outstanding Nigerian Healthcare Professionals in the United Kingdom NHS@70 Excellence Awards March 2019. In 2006 she was named as one of the Pride of a continent: Africa's gifts to the world, she has received numerous awards and endorsements over the last 10years.



Links to some of the areas of her engagement and participation can be seen below;

- Has crisis forced us to create a more integrated Health Service? June 2020
- COVID-19’s impact on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities:
   Why is it so disproportionate?  (June 2020)

- Impact of COVID on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities (June 2020)
Going Beyond Statistics: Impact of COVID on  Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities lives
   Post Conference Brief 

- Going Beyond Statistics Impact of COVID Webinar 22nd May 2020 
- A quiet revolution—NHS volunteers are strengthening services in Africa and Asia”
 in the British Medical Journal - July 2019

- Poor countries subsidise the NHS by training doctors – compensate them June 2018
- Shortage of Health Workers is a Global Problem Not Just a Problem for the NHS, June 2018  
- Unlocking the potential of diaspora communities in revitalising UK foreign policy, October 2018
- Head to Head Al-Jazeera
- The Big debate
- Diaspora contributions to international development
- Diaspora contribution
- Development 2nd Bonn Conference on International Development Policy 2009
- Healthcare worker global challenge
- Exploring The Migration-Development Nexus: Global Health Aspects Of The Implementation Of The WHO
   Code Of Practice

- Transforming healthcare across Africa
- Panel member February 2016, GSK and Save the Children third annual US$1 million Healthcare
   Innovation Award

- Africa rising: the role of the diaspora African woman
- Africa: Diaspora Investment: Agriculture - An Investment or Skills Option for the Diaspora
- The Diaspora and Development
- Sierra Leone Investment Forum - Diaspora
- Engaging African Diaspora in Europe as Strategic Agents for Development in Africa
- Nigerian social development issues examined
- The 2015 Nigerian elections
- The Review of Nigeria's 1999 Constitution: Diaspora Consultation - See more at:
- Diaspora and development
- E-migration: migrants in the digital
- The Business Challenge Africa- 11th International Business Forum 2006
- Women in Business International forum
- Addressing brain drain
- Global Health Advocacy Seminar - Contagion of fear: Ebola and future global health security response
- Combating Ebola: has the media helped or hindered?
- Talked to Breaking Views with UNICEF about demographic dividend in Africa, youth restlessness, health,
   mobility, and poverty in Africa - and beyond.

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