Advisory council

The Rt. Hon. Sir Desmond de Silva, QC

Sir Desmond is an international lawyer and QC.  In 2005, Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, personally appointed him Chief Prosecutor of a UN-sponsored War Crimes Tribunal in Sierra Leone, in which capacity, Sir Desmond had Charles Taylor of Liberia arrested and ultimately sentenced for war crimes.

In recognition of his significant contribution to international law, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007 and subsequently was made a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council in 2011.


Michael Naylor

Michael Naylor has been a board member and private investor in a number of successful Africa focused businesses.  His private equity activities include board roles at the $1.3 billion Actis Energy III fund with a focus on Africa power and energy investments, and the $400m Toronto based XPV Capital LLP where he is responsible for supporting portfolio companies and specifically their entry into broader African markets.

Michael is a Non-Executive Director of the London FTSE - listed Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc, where he is Chairman in October 2015, having served as Chair of the Audit Committee for a number of years.
In 2013 Michael was appointed board member of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and is currently focused on developing an Africa platform within the Institute's activities with the University of Cape Town.

Eoin Brophy

Eoin Brophy is an international communications counsel and board-level adviser with a 20 year career spanning Brussels and the City of London.
A leading expert on the international investment industry, the company which he co-founded with John Hume in 2005, Hume Brophy, is one of Europe’s fastest growing communications and public affairs boutiques. The firm advises a distinguished range of clients across its operations in London, Brussels, Paris, Singapore and Dublin and now includes in its portfolio many of the world's leading international financial institutions.

Educated in Dublin at Gonzaga Jesuit College and University College he read Classics before moving to London where he studied journalism. After spells at the European Commission and European Parliament, he became a senior EU lobbyist in Brussels before joining Gartmore Investment Management in London.