Baroness Lynda Chalker founded AML in 1997 based on her passion for Africa, and her belief that the private sector will be central to driving development across the continent. At a time when the main narrative surrounding Africa was that of the ‘Hopeless Continent’, AML decided to challenge this mainstreamed and erroneous view by establishing itself as a partner of choice for companies and organisations with interests and/or projects in Africa. Central to AML’s founding ethos was and still is a commitment to align private sector commercial goals with country-level developmental agendas and priorities. By bridging the gap between the private and public sectors through Baroness Chalker and our team’s deep and broad relationships in both, AML was able to deliver results and commercial value to its clients while also informing their understandings of commercial opportunities, risk landscapes, and country-specific operational and regulatory environments.
AML has consistently grown over the years and is proud to play a crucial strategic advisory role to the Boards and leaders of some of the world’s biggest organisations. We remain a company based on relationships, not contacts. Our London office is located in the heart of Westminster, and in 2017, AML established a physical presence in New York City to better service the growing needs of U.S based companies. 20 years after its founding, AML’s ethos is still firmly rooted in our passion for Africa and for the private sector, bringing our granular understanding of certain countries to help our clients improve the performance of their respective value drivers.
Baroness Lynda Chalker
Lynda Chalker founded AML in 1997 with her considerable experience of African cultures and relationships, and of the numerous business and development issues crucial to Africa.
Lynda supports the work of AML by providing leadership and political insights on how companies can implement strategies to ensure not just that they are having a positive impact in the communities in which they operate, but also that responsible practice has a beneficial impact on a company’s bottom line.
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 Chalker was a British Member of Parliament (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. She was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 1986 until 1997 working on Europe until 1989 and throughout on Africa and the Commonwealth. In 1987 she was made a Privy Counsellor. Lynda was also the International Development Minister for the UK from 1989 until 1997.