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Our Team.


AML’s team is the foundation of the company’s success. It brings together people with practical experience of operating in Africa, interest in the continent, and a private sector mentality to help our clients understand and navigate the challenges and issues that are relevant to them.

Our Board.

Ross Alexander

Executive Chairman

As the Executive Chairman of AML, Ross manages some of our key client relationships. He has a strong understanding of business on the continent and an expansive network of senior business and political leaders.
Since joining AML in 2011, Ross has worked extensively in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea 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.

Simiso Velempini


As the CEO of AML, Simiso leads the strategic direction and growth of Africa Matters. She has extensive consulting and advisory experience in sub-Saharan Africa and is frequently used as a sounding board by senior public and private sector leaders.
Throughout her career, Simiso has provided risk advisory and reputation management services to a wide range of Africa-focused large and mid-sized corporates across a range of sectors. Prior to joining Africa Matters, Simiso Velempini served as Managing Director and Head of K2 Intelligence’s Africa practice, where she lead the team’s investigations and dispute resolution work across the continent. Before joining K2 Intelligence, Simiso was based in Johannesburg where, as Vice President of Reputation Management at Barclays Africa, she advised the business on reputation management for specific issues related to transactions and relationships across 12 African markets. Before joining Barclays, Simiso worked as the Southern Africa analyst at Control Risks, where she provided bespoke analysis and risk consultancy for a range of clients across Southern and East Africa. Simiso is fluent in English, French, Zulu and Ndebele.

Tim Page


Tim is AML's CFO. 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 Barclay

Non-Executive Director

David is AML's Non-Executive Director with extensive international business experience in the energy and chemicals sectors. He enjoyed a 25-year career at Royal Dutch Shell plc, 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.

Our Team.

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. She is currently President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Piers Dawson

Senior Consultant

Piers is a senior consultant at AML, whose geographical focus centres upon East Africa. He has a strong understanding of the political, economic and commercial dynamics within the region, and utilises this expertise to help clients grow their business and navigate risk. Piers works with companies from various sectors, most notably energy and financial services. He has an extensive network across East Africa, developed and maintained through frequent travel to the region.
Piers began his career in banking, latterly working as an Analyst in the Capital Markets business at Lloyds Bank. He holds a BA in History from King’s College London and an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge. Keenly interested in African financial markets, at Cambridge his research focused on international sovereign bond issuance on the continent. Piers is currently completing the CFA’s Investment Management Certificate.

Neema Patel


Neema is a consultant at AML with responsibility for Southern Africa. She specialises in advising the mining and energy sectors at their interface with host governments. Neema recently assisted an Africa-focused mining fund considering an investment in Zimbabwe, and works closely with one of the largest IPPs in Africa on their stakeholder engagement in Zambia, Angola and Zimbabwe.
Prior to joining AML, 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 one of two consultants enlisted to develop a due diligence framework in mining licence management for Sierra Leone’s National Minerals Agency. Neema has an MSc from SOAS, and a BSc from the University of Surrey.

Fosca D’Incau


Fosca D’Incau is a consultant at AML with expertise in North and Francophone Africa. She specialises in conducting investigative research in the energy sector in Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and the wider region, with a particular focus on renewable power generation projects.
Prior to joining AML, Fosca worked for the Risk Advisory Group where she managed complex strategic intelligence and due diligence assignments in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has been particularly valuable in shedding light on the ownership structures of government-backed infrastructure projects and in some instances exposing hidden beneficial ownership by government officials. Fosca holds a MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in International Relations from King’s College London. She speaks English, French and Italian fluently, as well as intermediate Spanish.

Sam Maybee


Sam is an associate at AML with a pan-continental focus. He holds a first class MA from the University of St Andrews, where he specialised in African political economy and history. Sam has previously worked in financial crime at Barclays, focusing on African affairs, and gained wider experience of the UK public policy environment through work with a prominent think tank and an MP.

Helen English

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 Global African Investment Summit, the President of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council and the Uganda Presidential Investment Round table in Entebbe.
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.

Matthew Rugamba

External Consultant

Matt is an external consultant 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,

AML Advisers.

Shami Nissan

Senior Adviser

Shami leads Actis’ approach to responsible investment, working closely with Actis investment colleagues and portfolio company management across Africa, Latin America and Asia. Shami’s work focuses on environmental, social, business integrity issues – which can be particularly challenging in emerging markets. Shami and her team advise Investment Committee and deal teams, identifying risks and opportunities, assessing capabilities and developing action plans to be implemented post-investment.
Shami is currently a member of the UN PRI Supply Chain Risks Working Group, and a Steering Committee member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Sustainability Working Group. Shami represents Actis at the Business Integrity Forum run by Transparency International UK. Before joining Actis in 2014 she was as a senior consultant at PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team for ten years. Prior to this, Shami led the London business of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, providing sustainability research and analytics to institutional investors and asset managers. Shami has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Guatemala and Mexico. Shami holds an MSc Environmental Technology, with Distinction, from Imperial College London and a BSc Biological Sciences from University of Durham.

Raphael Vermeir CBE

Senior Adviser

Raphael joined ConocoPhillips in 1979, working in marine transportation and production engineering services in Houston, Texas. He then handled upstream acquisitions in Europe and Africa and managed Conoco's exploration activities in continental Europe from Paris. He moved to London to lead the BD activities of refining and marketing in Europe and then transferred to Istanbul as managing director of Turcas.
Back in London in 1999 he drove strategic initiatives in Russia and the Caspian and completed major A&D deals in the North Sea. After heading an integration team during the merger of ConocoPhillips, he took on positions in government and public affairs becoming head of external affairs Europe in late 2007. He was appointed President, Nigeria in 2011 and successfully sold the company’s interests in its Upstream companies and exited Brass LNG. He then became VP Government Affairs International until end 2015. He is now an independent consultant to the extractive industry in Safety maturity and Operational culture and is the chairman of the International Petroleum Week Programme Board. He is on the board of several charitable institutions.

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