Baroness Lynda Chalker
Lynda Chalker founded AML in 1997 with her considerable experience of the numerous business and development issues crucial to Africa. She was Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1986 until 1997 working throughout Africa and the Commonwealth.
Lynda supports the work of AML by providing leadership and political insights on how companies can not only have a positive impact in the communities in which they operate, but also that responsible practice boosts profitability. Lynda has been a member of the Lower and Upper Houses of the UK Parliament for over forty years, and she was one of only four ministers who served continuously throughout the Thatcher and Major Governments. She was made a Life Peer in 1992. Lynda was an MP for Wallasey in Cheshire from 1974 to 1992; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security 1979-82; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport 1982-83 and Minister of State there from 1983 to 1986. In 1987 she was made a Privy Counsellor. Lynda was also the International Development Minister for the UK from 1989 until 1997.
As the CEO and a board member of AML, Ross manages all our current and past client relationships across sub-Saharan Africa, ensuring that we deliver value and results. He has a strong understanding of business and politics on the continent and an expansive network of business and political leaders.
Since joining AML in 2011, Ross has worked extensively in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Uganda in particular. He has particular knowledge of the oil and gas and the FMCG sectors. Ross previously worked at PepsiCo and has a background in the UK private sector.
Tim is AML's finance director, who is also part of the board. He is a chartered tax adviser with considerable experience in senior management roles in consultancy. Apart from founding and building his own successful tax consulting business, Tim has held important roles at KPMG and Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson). Throughout his career, he has travelled extensively and worked with businesses of all sizes.
David is AML's non-executive chairman with extensive international business experience in the energy and chemicals sectors. He enjoyed a 25-year career at Shell, managing substantial investments in developing countries and heading up international business units from London.
He was also CEO of Petrochem Carless, a speciality oil and chemicals company exporting products globally. In addition to his big business experience, David has chaired successful ventures in diverse fields such as financial services, forestry and technology. He chairs the Cranfield Trust which provides business expertise to improve the performance of charities in the UK and overseas.
Daniel heads AML's North and Francophone Africa practice. Since he joined AML, he has worked extensively with our oil and gas, mining and power sector clients to help them operate successfully across the region. Daniel has excellent networks throughout the region, which adds value to our clients' understanding of their markets of interest.
Daniel's commercial experience has exposed him to a variety of different industries where he occupied roles in market research, strategy formulation and project management. Prior to joining AML, he was based in Kenya where he was the head of strategy and innovation at an end-mile distribution company. In 2013, after working on the launch of a large scale agricultural project in Sudan, he co-founded a food distribution start-up in Paris. Following his venture's success, he was awarded an MSc in International Development (Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. Daniel is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Margarita manages AML's East and Southern Africa team. She advises clients across the energy, FMCG and financial services sectors, among others. Having previously lived and worked in Kenya, Margarita has a deep understanding of the region's political and commercial landscape, as well as an extensive network of contacts on the ground.
Before joining AML, Margarita was the deputy head of the Africa business intelligence practice at Risk Advisory Group, where she managed hundreds of complex strategic intelligence and due diligence assignments. Margarita speaks Kiswahili and French, and holds a PhD in African politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her doctoral research examined law enforcement and the corruption climate in Kenya.
Neema is a consultant at AML with responsibility for Southern Africa. She specialises in advising the mining sector at its interface with host African governments. Neema spent three years in Sierra Leone and Malawi, working with local governments to enhance revenue and public administration efficiency in the mineral and forestry sectors. She was also involved in developing a due diligence framework in mining licence management in Sierra Leone.
Neema brings her experience of working with governments at their nexus with the private sector to her work with AML. She 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, where she wrote her dissertation on China’s engagement in Angola’s post-conflict reconstruction.
Hélène is a consultant at AML with expertise in North and Francophone Africa. She has a proven track record in the regions' most vibrant economies, including Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, helping clients understand and successfully navigate their operating environments. Hélène has an excellent understanding of local dynamics in the regions she covers, based on a solid and growing local source network.
She is an experienced consultant who has worked with clients in various sectors, especially oil and gas and power, to help them understand the transactional and regulatory environments in their regions of operation. She also brings method and rigour to AML’s scenario and due diligence work across the African continent. Hélène has previously worked at PGI Intelligence, Aegis, Engie (GDF Suez) and the French Ministry of Defence. She speaks English and French fluently, as well as intermediate Arabic. Hélène holds an MSc from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA and MA from SciencesPo Paris.
Piers is a consultant at AML, whose geographical focus centres upon East Africa, with Kenya and Tanzania being two countries in which he has particular expertise. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Lloyds Banking Group, where his last role was as an analyst in the capital markets business. Given his background in banking, Piers works closely with clients from the financial services sector, including investment banks and private equity firms.
Piers also supports FTSE 100 energy companies investing and operating in East Africa, to help them understand and manage risk. 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 research focused on the effect of international sovereign bond issuance on governance in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently completing his Investment Management Certificate. Piers’ interest in the continent began when he spent time working with VSO in Kenya. He is passionate about development in sub-Saharan Africa and believes that responsible private sector investment is integral to it.
Benita is an associate at AML with primary focus on West Africa: Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia. She joined the company after practising as a lawyer in one of the oldest and most prestigious law firms in Lagos, Nigeria, where her core practice areas were handling corporate and commercial disputes and negotiations for international and local players in the Nigerian market.
Benita brings to AML her keen knowledge of the Nigerian legal landscape and insight of the major political players and developments. She has a BA in Economics and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an LLB from the University of Exeter.
Matt is an adviser at AML. He has been involved in supporting our clients’ projects in East and Southern Africa, especially in Uganda where he is currently based. Matt began his career in local government in Uganda as an administrative officer,
Matt has a wealth of knowledge on investment, government relations, and good governance on the continent. He is a thoughtful and experienced expert on sub-Saharan Africa and is passionate about the continent's progress. Matt holds an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He also holds postgraduate qualifications in Public Administration and Law.
Events Manager & PA to the Board
Events Manager & 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. She assists African heads of state and their delegations in organising global investment summits. In the past, she has supported the President of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council and the Uganda Presidential Investment Roundtable.
Before joining AML, Helen worked as a PA in a large recruitment company where she managed the work schedules of multiple directors. Like the rest of the AML team, she has significant Africa experience, having previously worked in South Africa and completed her dissertation in Mozambique. Helen holds a BSc in Geography from Portsmouth University. 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.
Yaw is an adviser to AML, based in Accra. He was previously a senior consultant at the company, with responsibility for Anglophone West Africa. As an adviser, Yaw brings his considerable expertise and strong links to Ghana’s and Nigeria’s political and economic elites to bear for our clients.
Yaw is fluent in Twi and holds an MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London. Yaw previously worked at Africa Practice as a researcher and as an independent Africa analyst providing economic and political analysis to clients such as FTI Consulting and the Economist Intelligence Unit.