Gibril Faal is a Visiting Professor in Practice at the Institute of Global Affairs and a multidisciplinary business and development executive. He was one of the global leaders who spoke at the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which led to negotiations for a Global Compact on Migration. In 2013, he delivered keynote addresses at the UN General Assembly at sessions of the High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development.
He has played a leadership role in the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) since its inception, serving as Grand Rapporteur for the 10th Summit, Chair of the Entrepreneurship & Circular Migration Committee, and Co-Chair of 2014 Civil Society Days. Gibril is the founding director of ADEPT (Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform), and co-founder of GK Partners – a company that specialises on socially responsible business models, social enterprise, development finance and programme implementation. He is vice chair of Bond – the platform of UK NGOs working on international development. He served on the boards of DFID’s Global Poverty Action Fund and the EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative.
For a decade, he served as chairman of AFFORD – a charity that pioneered concepts and practices of enhancing the role of diaspora in development and job creation in Africa. He founded RemitAid™ to transform remittances into a sustainable form of development finance. Gibril was a lecturer on The Open University's MSc on Global Development Management and external evaluator of COMPAS, University of Oxford.