About Us

BRAAD is a business and development forum that seeks to recognise and highlight the exceptional achievements within the African Diaspora that focus on innovative business ideas and entrepreneurship. BRAAD provides a nexus for exploring business opportunities between the United Kingdom and African markets. It seeks to co-create and foster long-standing opportunities to further economic growth through engaging public and private sector finance. Outstanding candidates will be presented with awards in December (2017) by an array of BRAAD’s patrons and a network of parliamentarians.

Our Patrons

Jeremy Lefroy MP

Jeremy Lefroy MP

Braad Award Patron

Pauline Latham OBE MP

Pauline Latham OBE MP

Brad Award Patron

Lord David Alton of Liverpool

Lord David Alton of Liverpool

Braad Award Patron

U.K or European Residents who support the development African Diaspora or in Africa. Personalities from Africa origin that accomplished a track record of excellence and development within their community. Personalities operating in Africa that proved to have sustainably created community wealth and achieved goal that improve the life of the population through Private investment, NGO’s, Health, Education, Invention and good governance.

Judge Board Members

Dionne Gravesande
Dionne is the Head of Churches at Christian Aid a  leading and world renowned international development agency. Dionne is also Chair of the Council of the African Caribbean Evangelical Alliance (ACEA) and a key board member of the New Testament Church of God national youth board.
Geoff De Mowbray
Geoff de Mowbray – Chief Executive, Dints. Geoff is an experienced entrepreneur having created several businesses since his late teens, although his first was trading snap bracelets and t-shirts in the school playground aged 7! His affinity with Africa began while he was living in Cameroon in his late teens. He began importing goods and parts for local companies who were struggling to find parts for their operations and this was the beginning of the business as it is today. Following experiences with IT, satellite communications and London property development, Geoff created Dints in 2007 focusing the company on supporting the mining and other heavy equipment industries in Africa. Drawing on his experience of businesses and cultures throughout Africa, Europe, USA, South America and Asia, his objective is to develop effective and tangible supply chain solutions around the globe while promoting responsible business.
Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell
Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell is the Founder and Director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples, (www.policycap.org ), a think tank established in 2008 in the UK to provide a platform for the engagement and education of African individuals and key stakeholders in Africa, Europe, and elsewhere. Sylvie is also the Founder and Chief Executive Director of Medzan Lifestyle Ltd (www.medzanlifestyle.com ), a leadership and self-development company created in the UK in 2013. Using African leadership and self-development concepts as inspiration, Sylvie has designed first-class courses that provide results-focused training to business and other leaders in African contexts, established or aspiring professionals, and young people. Before founding the Policy Centre and Medzan Lifestyle, Sylvie served as UK Director of the Nigeria-based think tank Centre for Democracy and Development for over 3 years. Prior to that, she worked for institutions promoting human development, education and rights in Africa, Britain, Spain and elsewhere for nearly 10 years.

Advisory Board Members

Henry Bonsu is an international broadcaster and conference host of Ghanaian-British origin. A journalist and modern languages graduate, he has produced and presented programmes on BBC Radio and TV. He has also appeared as a presenter and current affairs analyst on commercial channels including Al Jazeera, Vox Africa, Sky News, Arise News, BET International, Press TV, and Channel 5 (UK). Bonsu started out as a print journalist writing for newspapers such as The Voice, a weekly African-Caribbean newspaper, The Times of London, The Guardian and The Evening Standard. He is now an international MC, specialising on global economic development with a particular focus on Africa. Last year he has hosted sessions at the UN General Assembly, and The Global Partnership’s High Level meeting in Mexico. As well as development events, Bonsu facilitates private sector gatherings like the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, the African Banker Awards, and the Global African Investment Summit.
Education: Universities of Sydney, Tuebingen and London (BA Hons). HM Diplomatic Service 1965-2002. Served in Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Indonesia, Zaire/Democratic Republic of Congo (Ambassador 1996-98) and Canada. Main fields of activity: political and commercial. Languages: French, German, rusty Arabic. Since 2002, Trustee of the Congo Church Association. On Steering Committee of Congo Now! from 2009, currently member of NGO -DRC group liaising with HMG through Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Justina Mutale has been acclaimed as one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious title of ‘African Woman of the Year’ and is featured among the 365 of Africa’s most respected names, well-known faces, and influential voices who inspire the future, motivate the young generation, and raise the profile to positively alter the perceptions of Africa and Africans around the world. Justina is the Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, a worldwide HIV/AIDS response campaign which spans 6 continents spread across the globe. A recipient of numerous international awards, Justina is featured in the BLACK 100+ Hall of Fame, an Exhibition and Legacy of the top 100 Black Achievers in modern Britain. She is also listed on the Black Women in Europe Power List and has been nominated for the 2015 Black British Business Power List. For more information: http://www.justinamutale.com/
Founder and Director of Congo Calling, a UK based NGO. We work: (1) to create a mass movement of consumers who demand that tech companies develop conflict-mineral free products; (2) to influence technology companies to abide by the OECD Due Diligence code of practice; and (3) to lobby for the adoption and implementation of commercial, political and legal frameworks to promote ethical mining practices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our vision is for a peaceful and just Congo, where people can live in stable and prosperous communities, where children are not enlisted, where women are not raped as an instrument of war, and where miners work for fair wages in human conditions.
2
Awards

Governance

 Peace and Democracy Award – Africa
 Peace and Democracy Award – Diaspora
6
Awards

Business & Enterprise

 Best African company Award –  Diaspora
Best African company Award  –   Africa
  Best Diaspora Business leader Award
  Best Africa Business leader Award
  Best social corporate responsibility – Diaspora
Best social corporate responsibility  –  Africa
4
Awards

Community & Social Development

Volunteering Award – Diaspora
Volunteering Award  – Africa
  Community ambassador award
  Best Development agency award
3
Awards

Youth & Education

 Young  Entrepreneur Award ( under 35) –  Africa
Young  Entrepreneur Award ( under 35)  –  Diaspora
    Best scholar award
2
Awards

Sport

   Best Africa Sport Personality
   Best Diaspora Sport Personality
6
Awards

Media & Music

Best Media Award –  Africa
Best Media Award – Diaspora
Best Media personality – Africa
Best Media personality – Diaspora
Best African Musician Award – Africa
Best African Musician Award – Diaspora
4
Awards

Research & Technology

Emerging technology Award – Diaspora
Emerging technology Award – Africa
  IT and communication Award- Diaspora
 IT and communication Award  – Africa
2
Awards

Special Award

Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award – Africa
Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award – Diaspora

Nomination Criteria

Have invested in people & human development
have built capacity & knowledge transfers
Have created jobs for the diaspora and in Africa
Have facilitated sustainable community development
Have introduced innovations in the business sector
Have facilitated social & private investment
Have facilitated diaspora, country or regional economic development
Have facilitated financial empowerment
Have encouraged community excellence
Have been a model of good governance
have done outstanding moral, financial and/or resource support & investment in the community
Have been responsible for outstanding achievements in education & academia
Have been outstanding in a sector of life