Vanguard Africa Announces Additions to its Distinguished Advisory Council (June 19, 2017)

Vanguard Africa is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Aref Ali Nayed and David Rice to our distinguished Advisory Council, which includes some of the world’s leading advocates for good governance, democracy and transformational leadership.

Dr. Aref Ali Nayed is a renowned scholar on Islamic theology and interfaith dialogue, as well as the founder and director of Kalam Research and Media (KLM). Dr. Nayed brings decades of unique experience as a diplomat, having represented the government of Libya as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and a wealth of experience in democracy building in highly complex environments. “I am honored to join the exemplary team of experts and committed activists at Vanguard Africa, an organization that has emerged as Africa’s premier pro-democracy organization in a very short period of time,” said Dr. Nayed. “I look forward to joining my colleagues to help create a loud and collective call for free and fair elections and ethical leadership in Africa.”

David Rice is a development economist who has written and taught extensively about economic development, governance, and public policy in Africa. His research has specifically focused on the critical role that the private sector must play in driving broader economic growth and social development across Africa. Most recently, he was the founding director of the Africapitalism Institute – which was supported by the Tony Elumelu Foundation – a pan-African think tank based in Nigeria, which he ran through the end of 2015. He is currently researching a book on the recent democratic renewal in the Gambia, a project in which he is collaborating with Vanguard Africa’s executive director, Jeffrey Smith. “Vanguard Africa is the type of organization that is needed at this crucial juncture in Africa’s democratic development. Having witnessed the profound impact made in the Gambia last year, I am convinced that this project has barely scratched its vast potential,” said Mr. Rice. “2017 will surely be an exciting and challenging year and I look forward to the positive impact that we can surely make together.”

Please join us at Vanguard Africa in welcoming the newest additions to our outstanding team. We could not be more proud or more enthusiastic to collaborate together in the coming year. We also encourage anyone who believes in our core mission to connect with us through our website or social media – both on Facebook and Twitter – and help our team continue to build the necessary support for fair elections and ethical leadership across the African continent.