Global Advisory council Lynda Chalker Baroness Chalker of Wallasey Baroness Chalker is founder and chairman of Africa Matters Limited (UK), which provides advice to businesses, governments and other international organisations on developing business in sub- Saharan Africa. She is also a non-executive director of several major companies, as well as an adviser to the World Bank. Lynda Chalker has been a member of the Lower and Upper Houses of the UK Parliament for over thirty years. For eighteen of these, she served continuously as a Minister in Margaret Thatcher and John Major’s Governments. Between 1986 and 1997 she was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, holding responsibility for Africa and the Commonwealth, and from 1986 to 1997 also Minister for Overseas Development. She was made a Life Peer in 1992. Lynda Chalker dedicates significant time and energy to many major charitable organisations and is well known for her interests in African Healthcare, including Chairman of the Board of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Honorary Vice President of the British Red Cross, Advisory Council member of the African Medical and Research Foundation, Trustee of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, and Vice-President of WaterAid. She is a founder Board Member of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust. 8 Ifa lethu annual report 2012/13 Tor Sellström Robert Devereux Tor Sellström, a Swedish citizen, has closely followed the liberation struggles in Southern Africa, including Angola, Namibia and Zambia, Zimbabwe. His long relationship with Southern Africa and his experience as a Planning Economist with the Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA ), the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries (SAREC ) and other Swedish aid organisations, have given him a clear view of the issues facing the region. In October 2002, he took up the position as Counsellor (Economist) for development cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria, South Africa. Sellström joined ACORD in January 2006 as a Senior Advisor. He coordinates the Research Unit, serves on the Editorial Board of the African Journal on Conflict Resolution. He is attached to the Director’s Office for the development of the Africa Peace Centre, the design and roll-out of programmes on African leadership, peace agreements and political and socio-economic transitions, as well as for the building of partnerships with Sweden and the other Nordic countries. After graduating from Cambridge University, Robert Devereux worked with Amnesty International and Macmillan Publishers before joining Virgin in 1980 as Richard Branson’s partner. He established the entertainment division of the company of which he was Chairman, which included the creation of Virgin Vision, the launching of Virgin Radio, Virgin Net, Virgin Interactive Entertainment and masterminding the purchase of Virgin Cinemas. In 1996 Robert sold his interests in Virgin in order to concentrate on his family, leisure investments and his charitable activities. His non-commercial interests include the Portobello Trust, Save the Rhino International, Westside School and Kuona Trust. He has established The African Arts Trust, which supports professional practising artists. He is Chairman of the Tate’s African Acquisitions Committee and has recently joined the Ifa Lethu Global Advisory Council. Robert spends a significant amount of time in East Africa, where he owns a house in Lamu in Northern Kenya, and is involved in a number of community and commercial projects. He is also a passionate collector of modern and contemporary British art and African art and has formed the Daraja collection, in partnership with friends.
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