Gibril Faal

Gibril Faal

Visiting Professor in Practice

Institute of Global Affairs

Key Expertise
Migration, International and African Development, Development Finance

About me

Prof. Gibril Faal is a multi-disciplinary business and development executive. He is a professor in practice at London School of Economics (LSE), and co-founder and director of GK Partners, which advises socially responsible businesses and development institutions across the world. He is the vice chair of Bond, the platform of UK NGOs working on international development, member of the advisory council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, and consultant to the African Union. He is the founding director of Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform, based in Brussels; former chairman of African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), which pioneered concepts and practices on diaspora-development; and founder of RemitAid™, a programme to transform remittances into sustainable development finance. Prof. Faal served as technical expert on negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration, and delivered keynote addresses at the UN General Assembly at the 2013 High Level Dialogue and the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. He previously served as co-chair, grand rapporteur and common space moderator at summits of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), and chaired the Entrepreneurship Committee of the GFMD Business Mechanism.

Prof. Gibril Faal was a lecturer on The Open University's MSc programme on Global Development Management, and external evaluator of COMPAS, University of Oxford. He was a board member of EC-UN Joint Migration & Development Initiative and the Global Poverty Action Fund of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Since 1998, Gibril has accepted UK public function appointments made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Secretary of State for International Development, the Lord Chancellor, and the Home Secretary. He served as technical adviser on behalf of the Swiss government to the Prime Minister's Office in Moldova, and the Office of the President in post-dictatorship Gambia. In 2004, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace and part-time magistrate and in 2014 was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to international development, having been nominated by DFID. Prof. Faal studied at five universities in London and has multiple academic and professional qualifications.

Expertise Details

Migration; Diaspora and Development; African Economics and Business; Remittances and Diaspora Finance; Sustainable Development; Policy Development and Implementation; Negotiations; Diplomacy and Multilateralism; Social Enterprise and Responsible Business