Global Advisory Board

The NCDF Global Advisory Board: Guiding sustainable development and impact

The NCDF Global Advisory Board is a distinguished group of experts and thought leaders from diverse fields who provide invaluable guidance and strategic direction to the NCDFGroup. Comprised of individuals with extensive experience in areas such as finance, technology, sustainability, policy-making, and social entrepreneurship, the Advisory Board plays a crucial role in shaping the organization's initiatives and ensuring their alignment with global best practices. Through their collective wisdom and expertise, the Advisory Board helps to drive sustainable development, foster innovation, and maximize the positive impact of NCDFGroup's projects around the world.

Chairman, Advisory Board

Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba Al Amin El-Kanemi Shehu Of Borno

Shehu Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, born on May 13, 1957, is the Shehu of Borno Emirate in northeast Nigeria. He assumed the position in 2009, succeeding his father, Shehu Umar Ibn Abubakar Garbai. Shehu Abubakar attended Government College Maiduguri for his secondary education and later pursued further studies at Kaduna Polytechnic (1978-1982) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1986), where he obtained an Advanced Diploma in Local Government Administration. Throughout his career, he served in various government ministries and held the position of Permanent Secretary.

Member, Advisory Board

Mr. Cliff Southcombe

Cliff Southcombe, the Managing Director of Social Enterprise International Ltd, has been instrumental in promoting the concept of social enterprise across 45 countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa for the past two decades. With a firm belief in ethical governance and social objectives, Cliff leads a team of 20 experts spread across Europe, South America, and Asia. He has established active Social Licences with like-minded international companies and is a key figure in the FairShares movement. Cliff, originally from India but now based in the UK, played a pivotal role in the early 90s Social Enterprise movement in the UK.


Omobola Oyeneyin

An accomplished and dynamic PMO professional with over 12 years experience in supporting large multinational organizations in the delivery of digital and infrastructure transformation projects across private and public sectors in Africa and United Kingdom. Proven track record in providing Quality Assurance, Governance and excelling in driving results and delivering successful outcomes. Expertise include the development and implementation of PMO framework, project management delivery standards, financial management, resource planning, creation of comprehensive project plans and roadmaps, and consulting with senior leadership to ensure project alignment with overall business strategy. Skills span a wide range of project management (industry) tools and technologies, including G-Suite, Microsoft applications, AWS, Cloud, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, ServiceNow and Salesforce. She brings a wealth of knowledge in PMO practices, technology, and strategic planning, making Omobola a valuable asset to our organization.


Carl Goran Dandanell

Carl Goran Dandanell is an experienced Investment Committee and Board of Directors Member with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry. Skilled in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Start-ups, Corporate Finance, Renewable Energy, and Strategic Planning, Carl has a proven track record in navigating diverse sectors. Holding a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on Accounting and Finance, he brings a strong financial acumen to his roles. Currently serving as the Chairman of the Board for a renewable energy company and another company, and the independent member of the investment committee for a European infrastructure fund, Carl has a proven track record in leadership roles. With significant experience in various positions, including Vice Chairman, Vice President, and Director, Carl has contributed to the growth and success of companies in the renewable energy sector. His commitment to sustainable investments is evident in his role as an Independent member of the investment committee, focusing on infrastructure assets in specific regions. Carl's wealth of experience and strategic approach makes him a valuable asset in the investment landscape.


Sebastian Winter

Sebastian is a business growth and M&A expert specializing in industrial tech, agrifood tech, and smart cities. With a background in research, advisory, and investment, he excels in deep-diving into industries, advising senior executives, and executing investment transactions. Currently focused on unlocking capital for regenerative agriculture, Sebastian leverages his family's background and industry experience to identify opportunities and drive capital into areas like financing new agricultural models, agricultural technology, infrastructure innovation, and emerging market initiatives for RegenAg. Beyond his work in regenerative agriculture, Sebastian actively collaborates with international investors, organizing impactful industrial and agrifood tech pitch events. As an experienced public speaker, Sebastian is open to engaging in various speaking opportunities, bringing his wealth of expertise to diverse audiences.


Rishi Gohill

Rishi Gohill is a versatile and commercially astute Strategy Consultant and Change Programme Manager with over 17 years of experience in financial services, spanning sales and trading, risk management, equity derivatives, rates, structured trading desks, and business planning. Known for top-level stakeholder management and engagement, with a focus on promoting business cases, facilitating management decision-making, and presenting optimal paths to delivery. Proficient in full project lifecycle management and utilizing front-to-back PDLC/SDLC frameworks, translating business requirements into tangible project deliverables. Key expertise includes blockchain technology, Bloomberg, Murex, ION, JIRA, Salesforce, and AWS, among others. With a background in Mathematics from the University of Southampton, excels in applying analytical skills to drive business strategy and growth planning, with a keen interest in number theory, topology, cryptography, and group/rings/field theory.

Advisory Board

James Norwood

James Norwood is an Executive Leader with over 23 years of experience in military and commercial leadership, spanning sectors like Maritime, Defence, Renewables, Energy, and Infrastructure. Holding an LLM, MBA, Management Diploma, GCGL, and BSc, James is recognized for transforming businesses, leading international teams, and achieving substantial revenue and profit growth. His competencies include board-level strategy, transformation, commercial management, P&L operations, tech innovation, and more. James' notable contributions include restructuring an AIM-listed PLC, leading corporate social responsibility initiatives, securing significant sales contracts, and successfully executing business transformations. His recent roles involve leadership in tech consultancy, management consultancy, and CEO positions in construction and housing technology companies. James brings a wealth of experience in defense, security, and environmental sustainability, making him a valuable asset to organizations seeking growth and development at both tactical and strategic levels.