Charles Sekwalor is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a strong passion for driving social and economic change globally through the application of fundamental human principles, cutting edge technology and bringing together talented and diverse people to solve complex problems.
Charles is CEO and Founder of The Continent Group, a family of ventures targeted at transforming the African Continent socially, politically and economically. The Group includes “Movemeback” - A global bridge to Africa - the largest, most widely recognised curated talent community platform for Africa. Movemeback serves 60,000 of the world's top (1% skilled) African talent, leaders and entrepreneurs from over 170 countries and has enabled over 1000 organisations to enter, expand or invest in Africa. Movemeback is revered for enabling global brands such as Uber and Facebook to launch in Africa between 2015 and 2020; it is a Google backed venture and recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of Africa’s most innovative and transformative startups. The Continent Group is also responsible for “The Continent App (TC)” - Africa’s Linkedin; a mobile social professional platform enabling African Gen-Z talent to build credible professional identities (for the first time) using content and non-traditional data points in place of CV style credentials. TC is working to enable Africa’s future 1 billion+ young talent to become professionally visible, develop relevant skills and access region-wide and international job markets. As a part of the cohort of first generation African tech founders, Charles is an active early-stage investor primarily focused on startup’s driving social and economic development in Africa or those exporting African culture, services or IP. He also plays a broad role advising organisations, leaders, policy makers and institutions on all matters related to Africa’s social and economic development.
Charles is a British born Ghanaian (better known as Chale) with a passion for all things at the leading-edge of human and technological (im)possibility and enjoys collaborating with others to solve big problems through innovation and rewriting rule books. He built his first business in his teens and subsequently graduated from Imperial College with an Electronic Engineering and Management Masters. He launched a corporate career spanning 9 years across Accenture, Tesco and finally McKinsey & Company, where as a strategy consultant he advised global leaders, boards and Heads of State on their top most challenges and opportunities. His work includes being part of a small team leading the largest transatlantic health and beauty retail merger in history and being involved in shaping the UK Government’s Tech City (Silicon Roundabout) strategy in 2011, to build a world-beating global entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is a prolific traveler, avid follower of Formula 1, and is working on securing West Africa's first Formula 1 race whilst maintaining his long-term side ambition to launch his early-retirement F1 team.
Bridges to the Diaspora
Bridges to the Diaspora
At the center of long-standing debate is whether emigration from Africa has caused the continent more harm than good. According to reports, more than 70,000 skilled people leave the continent annually yet foreign inflows to the continent from Diasporan remittances have grown exponentially in the last decade to reach more than $50 billion each year. Beyond remittances, research has also shown that continuous engagement with the Diaspora can accrue additional benefits to the continent through increased trade, investment and knowledge transfer. Moreover, the Diaspora is also believed to have played a major role in promoting the adoption of African music and shaping the narrative of Africa on the global stage. This panel will discuss how Africa can strengthen its ties with the large Diasporan community around the world and foster deeper connections for mutual benefit. Does every country need a “Beyond the Return" campaign like Ghana or are there other creative levers the continent can pull to better engage its Diasporan community?