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Africa No Filter is a donor collaborative funded by Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society Foundations, Comic Relief, the Conrad Hilton Foundation and the British Council.

A donor collaborative is a group of funders with a shared vision who come together to advance it, with the core belief that funders working together can yield better results than an individual funder could accomplish alone.

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Hilary Pennington

Hilary Pennington is the executive vice president of the Ford Foundation, overseeing all of Ford’s programs globally, working closely across programs and offices to ensure strategic, meaningful, and well-aligned global grantmaking.

Wendy Trott
Deputy Chairperson

Wendy Trott is an Associate at Luminate, a philanthropic organisation that works towards enabling more accountable governance and meaningful civic participation, focused on Africa.

Shaheen Kassim-Lakha

Shaheen Kassim-Lakha leads the development and implementation of external engagements to unlock resources and shift policies that enable the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to multiply its impact.

Julie B. Ehrlich

Julie B. Ehrlich  is the Program Advisor and Chief of Staff at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Laila Hourani

Laila Hourani is a Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation MENA office in Cairo. Her grant-making is centered in the arts, culture, and media and focuses on amplifying the power of cultural expression to build inclusive narratives that enhance civic engagement.

Aguil Deng

Aguil Deng is the head of corporate philanthropy Africa at Bloomberg. She has over 18 years of experience in directing multimillion dollars-worth program portfolio, offering an excellent mix of full-time and consulting experiences both at HQ and field office levels

Aleema Shivji

Aleema Shivji is passionate about building a more inclusive, equitable world through fighting inequality and changing systems.

Moses Anibaba

Moses Anibaba was appointed regional director for British Council’s operations in Sub Saharan Africa in July 2017. Prior to this, he worked as director private sector partnership in Africa and the British Council’s global lead for partnerships with the extractive industry.