Group Chair, AFS Board of Directors
Member of UNAS and Management Consultant
Ken has a career path which is varied and global. He has worked extensively in Europe, North America, in Malaysia and throughout Africa. His management consultancy contracts have embraced many sectors including Construction, Aviation, Energy, Fund Raising, Charities, Aviation and Tour Operating. His expertise and specialist fields of knowledge include Market Analysis, Business Analysis, Corporate Risk and Corporate Strategy and Planning.
Key positions held by Ken include: Chair of International Development Working Group at United Nations Association, Edinburgh, Director of Funding and Project management at MNAS International Ltd and is an active supporter of the United Nations Association and the promotion of their beneficial and important role within Civic Society.
His well-established international contacts and networks range from the Private Sector spectrum to Governmental, Civil Service and NGO organisations and help provide AFS with both the benefit and depth of his global experience and his strong international relationships.
Beltus Etchu Ojong BA, MSc, FRSA, Accredited Assessor (EFQM)
Beltus holds a BA in Business Accounting with Distinction, and an MSc in International Finance Management. Beltus is the Chief Executive Officer of Next Step Initiative. He is also the co-founder, Fellow, and Director of the Centre for African Policy Development and Research Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has a wide and extensive experience in social entrepreneurship and enterprise through his pioneering work of successfully establishing and developing the Next Step Initiative’s Workspace and Business Hub, which is the leading African and Ethnic Minority Social Enterprise in Scotland. His entrepreneurial expertise and grasp of commercial opportunities in Africa has earned him appreciative recognition and respect within the private sector. He has over 12 years international business experience with special focus on trade with Africa. During this period, Beltus has led and facilitated high-level discussions with various African Missions/Consulates/Embassies in the UK and his input and direction has enabled numerous interested companies/investors to successfully engage and now trade with Africa commercial markets. Beltus is an advisor to leading UK corporations in the Financial Services, Technology, Capacity Building and Energy Sectors.
Festus Olatunde - ACA MBA MBCI
Festus has vast experience in economic and financial arena. He is a certified member of the Business Continuity Institute in the United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 18 years’ experience in the Financial Industry both internationally and the United Kingdom. He was head-hunted to work as financial consultant for Her Majesty, The Queen Mother of England in the Queen Nursing Institute and won commendation for recommending best financial and IT strategies that improved the financial operations. He has to his credit some commendations and awards for customer service delivery and contributions to the progress of Barclays, Barclaycard and Royal Bank of Scotland. Festus implemented Sarbanes Oxley and controls and ensure its compliance in Europe, Middle East and Africa for FMC Technologies, Cummins Inc. (an American multinational company), Sprit Inc (an Aeroplane manufacturing Company in Glasgow Prestwick). He served as Special Adviser and consultant on revenue and budget for the Chief Executive Officer, Perth and Kinross Council and later as, Senior Consultant, Lloyds Bank of Scotland.
He is the President of Scottish Council of African Churches, and also CEO of Greatway Foundation, a voluntary organisation registered by the Scottish Government to work on youth empowerment and poverty alleviation
He is a member of the Association of Masters in Business Administration and an MBA alumnus of the University of Manchester Business School and also a member of Harvard School of Divinity Summer Leadership Program. Apart from being a financial service specialist, Festus is also a Pastor with prophetic anointing.
Group Director of Strategy and Communications
Arnold has worked predominantly in Europe and various countries in Africa. His management endeavours spans across many sectors including Radio and TV Production, Music Production, Information Technology, Information Systems, Sales and Marketing, Digital and Online marketing, Fund Raising, Charities, Logistics and Manufacturing.
His expertise lies in Brand Analysis, Corporate Strategy and creating Investor links.
He currently holds directorship in a number of organisations in the .com, music, media and commerce industries.
Adeyemi Johnson MBA
Director of Programmes and Events
Adeyemi holds an MBA from Napier University, and he is originally from Sierra Leone. He especially encourages leadership, equality, empowerment and direction within Scots diaspora communities.
Peter Cecil BUEKOR completed his MSc (Masters Degree) in Waste Management with Environmental Management at the University of the West of Scotland and achieved his Bachelor Degree (BSc. Hons) in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Port-Harcourt.
His current professional and personal development has been such that he has also taken on subsidiary roles with Next Step Initiative in relation to facility management, administration and financial matters.