Arteh Odjidja

Creative Partner

Arteh Odjidja is a commercial fashion/portraiture and fine art photographer born and bred in London, where he resides today. Growing up with a father working in the film making industry, Arteh developed an early love for the creative process, and showed sure signs that he was destined for a career in art and design. Specialising in fashion/portraiture and fine art photography, Arteh has managed to build his portfolio with commissions from some of the world’s most recognized brands and organisations including Christian Dior, Leica camera, Paul Smith, Ozwald Boateng Savile Row, Montblanc, E.Tautz, Oxfam UK to name a few. Arteh’s desire to have his work make a positive impact on society, has led him into the Fine art world. The Savile Row designer and long-time collaborator - Ozwald Boateng OBE, housed his first solo exhibition 'Stranger in Moscow' in 2013. Which was shortlisted for the AOP awards in the same year. He has since exhibited his work extensively in the US and the UK at prominent galleries like the Tate Modern London, The British museum, City hall, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, to name a few. Arteh's work has also been featured in established industry publications such as Black + White Photography magazine, The BJP – (British Journal of Photography), The Photo works Annual, The New York times, the Huffington Post etc. Arteh’s passion to share his experience has seen him accept an ambassadorship from Leica Camera UK to run photography workshops throughout the UK and accepting invitations to speak on panels and present talks on different aspects of the visual industry. Credits include the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago IL, University of Brighton, London College of Fashion, London College of Communication, the Brighton Photo Biennial 2016, Autograph Gallery, Tate modern, The British Museum, City Hall London etc. Arteh continues to add to his widely featured and on-going portrait series 'The Strangers Series' which focuses on portraying the aspirations / dreams of young migrants. With the aim of re-addressing the so often negatively skewed narrative of young migrants living in major cities around the world. The success of the project has seen him work with impactful youth charities like Coram UK and present his seminal project to Her Majesty the Queen in 2018. Arteh has also had the opportunity to shoot quite extensively in West Africa covering everything from the recent 2016/17 Presidential campaigns in Sierra Leone, to oil spills and environmental devastation in the Niger Delta as part of the ‘Rise for Bayelsa campaign’. Arteh will also be running his first marathon this year for the amazing charity ‘Street Child’ that helps young people in the developing world gain access to quality education.

Donata Garrasi

Donata is a political scientist who specialises in policy and program design and implementation in crisis affected situations.  Over 20 years Donata has led high profile and multi-million US$ development and peacebuilding initiatives for governments and major international organisations in Africa and Asia. She has held senior management and advisory positions with the OECD, the UK Government, and the United Nations and consults regularly with multi-lateral partners, including the World Bank and the European Union, and with the private sector. Donata has contributed to designing and implementing global policies for effective development cooperation in conflict affected and fragile situations, and national recovery and peacebuilding strategies in a range of countries in West and Central Africa and Asia. She is currently working on a series of initiatives to attract and retain responsible business and investment in new emerging markets.  Donata is a Managing Partner of Europe Conflict and Security Consulting (ECAS Ltd).

Patrick Diamond

Patrick is Executive Chair of the Policy Network think-tank. He is lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London, Gwilym Gibbon fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a visiting fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Oxford. He is the former head of policy planning in 10 Downing Street and senior policy adviser to the prime minister. Patrick has spent ten years as a special adviser in various roles at the heart of British government, including 10 Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Northern Ireland Office. His recent publications include: His recent publications include: Can Labour Win? The Hard Road to Power (with Giles Radice, 2015); The Predistribution Agenda: Tackling Inequality and Supporting Sustainable Growth (with Claudia Chwalisz, 2015); Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister (2013); After the Third Way (with Olaf Cramme, 2012); Beyond New Labour (with Roger Liddle, 2009); Social Justice in the Global Age (with Olaf Cramme, 2009); and Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens, 2006). 

Robert Yates

Robert Yates is an internationally recognised expert on universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. He is a Director of UHC Consulting Limited and a senior fellow of Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs where he is Project Director of the UHC Policy Forum.

His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and governments on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a Senior Health Economist with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organisation, advising numerous governments in Asia and Africa on health financing policy and health systems reforms.

He holds a BA degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and a MBA, from the University of Leeds.

Teohna Williams

With her attention on international peace and security, Teohna spends the majority of her time working in an advisory capacity to senior officials focused on security, stability, and governance in conflict-affected and fragile states. Her recent work as Advisor to the UK Special Envoy for the Sudans involved advising on policy and programming for the UK’s support to South Sudan’s peace process.  

Over the last ten years Teohna has worked in South Sudan, the Middle East, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Moldova, and Timor Leste. She has also worked as a Programme Manager for UNDP on conflict transformation and peacebuilding and as a security & justice sector reform advisor with the Geneva Centre for Security, Rule of Law and Development (DCAF), where she led and supported many donor teams in their policy development.

Teohna holds a Master degree in International Affairs from Columbia University (New York), a Joint BA in Anthropology & English from Oxford Brookes University, and a Drama degree from the Arts Educational School (London). She is a qualified trainer & facilitator and having initially worked as a professional actor, Teohna uses theatre as a peacebuilding tool, working with communities to find non-violent solutions to conflict.

Carolann Alt brings 15 years of Global Strategic Marketing, Business Development and Commercial Execution across several industries including; healthcare, agri-business, power/renewable energy, real estate, SME and infrastructure.   A former executive in the biotechnology industry she facilitated the commercialization of international pharmaceutical and medical technology companies into the U.S. landscape.

Her company, Empower Management Company, is an African focus advisory development and commercial services consultancy offering clients a core competency in commercial strategy and evaluation of business opportunities with a concentration in project financing, along with business advisory.

Proven leader of transformational projects and driving direct value to Global Companies with strong interpersonal communication skills with C-Suite experience.   Creating innovative ways to maximize public-private partnerships to build sustainable economic development, drive job creation and create social impact.  Success driven by establishing a robust proprietary network based on decades of experience across a diverse range of strategic partnerships with national governments, private sector and NGOs.   

Since 2003, Carolann has garnered a strong affinity to sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Nigeria, with the ability to navigate the complex African business landscape.  She is an advisor for Sustainable International Medical Missions and she has been appointed as an advisor to the US-Nigeria Commercial Dialogue, which is a mechanism designed to promote increased, diverse and sustainable trade and investment between the United States and Nigeria.  Carolann is a Board Member of Quaint Energy with offices in the US, Nigeria, Tanzania and Pakistan, and is a Commissioner of African Affairs for the Maryland Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives

Specialties: Investment Sourcing & Deal Origination, Project Development, Project Finance, Strategic Planning and Market Entry, Collaboration and Global Strategy, Project Management, Sales and Marketing.

Carolann Alt