Bringing smart solutions to scale faster by supporting excellence in African expertise.

Who We Are

Our Founders


AfricaWorks is a registered 501(c)3 under the US tax code. The founders have many years of experience in senior management at world-class policy research institutions, and have deep personal networks in the African research community and global development.

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Alex Awiti

Alex is the Founding Director of the East African Institute (EAI) of Aga Khan University. The EAI is a regional platform for policy research, performance and public engagement, which focuses on the consequential drivers of socio-economic, environmental and institutional change. He is also an adjunct professor at University of Fraser Valley, Canada. Alex was a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in the City of New York. He was also an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Under his leadership, the EAI conducted one of the most authoritative studies on East Africa’s youth. He is also leading pioneering work in big data analytics for policy evaluation and predictive policy making. His work on urban food systems is redefining how we think about feeding Africa’s burgeoning urban population. Alex is a transdisciplinary scholar, whose research intersects ecology, society, health and economy. As one of Kenya’s leading public intellectuals he has written over 550 opinion articles published in leading Kenyan newspapers and international publications. Based in Nairobi, he is regular and incisive commentator on local and international television.

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Tom Carver

Tom was until recently Vice President at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, one of the world’s most influential think tanks. He is an expert in growing communities of policy expertise and has worked with scholars across Africa, the Middle East, US, Europe, and Asia helping them to translate research into effective public policy. During his tenure, Carnegie Endowment moved from #12 to #2 in the rankings of think tanks with the greatest impact on global public policy.

Tom was previously an award-winning foreign correspondent for the BBC, based for three years in Africa, as well as in London and Washington. Following the BBC, he was senior vice president at Control Risks, a global risk intelligence company, and at Chlopak, Leonard & Schechter, a strategic communications consultancy. Based in Washington, he has strong connections to western policymakers, donors, global media and the western policy research community.