With expertise that centers around investments, innovation and insights throughout the African Diaspora, the Robinson (+) Consulting Group focuses on driving social and economic impact.
Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson
Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson is Chief Executive Officer of the Robinson (+) Consulting Group, a holistic, values-driven firm that supports and invests in high-growth innovators and start-ups globally.
Bahiyah served as Executive Director of Appfrica, one of the first early stage investment funds to provide growth capital to the first generation of techpreneurs in Africa, with co-investors such as the U.S. Department of State and the World Bank, and partners including the African Development Bank, Microsoft 4Afrika, the Kauffman Foundation and Nokia.
Bahiyah has held positions at several non-government organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations and Ashoka’s Changemakers, where she worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and clients such as Omidyar Network, Google, Exxon Mobil and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bahiyah is passionate about innovation and human-centered design advances in technology, media and the arts. She is a co-founder of media platform Ebola Deeply, one of Entrepreneur Magazine's most innovative companies (News Deeply); serves on the advisory board of a number of start-ups; and sits on the advisory committee for Global Citizen.
In 2012, Bahiyah created Young Art Collector, an online portal, artist residency and event series. She is the recipient of a Knight Foundation award and has spoken at conferences in Europe, Africa and the United States.
Consultants + Advisors
Danielle Kayembe has over 10 years of experience in international consulting and finance in New York, London and sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked on over $7.5 billion in business transactions for global banks such as Bank of America and HSBC, and advised global private equity firms such as Helios and Kingdom Zephyr on acquisitions in Africa. She also advises governments and businesses on how to integrate forward-looking initiatives in technology, infrastructure and renewable energy. Danielle is an advisor to social impact start-ups and a mentor to Columbia University’s business accelerator, Almaworks.
Danielle Kayembe is co-founder of FLOW Global, a global initiative to address women’s economic empowerment, both in developed and developing countries. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to women, social impact, technology and Africa at the United Nations, TEDx, Google, General Assembly and other events.
Raquel Wilson helps extraordinary thinkers and innovators build sustainable brands, and connects businesses to consumers and opportunities on the African continent. She is the Founder of Jetted, a membership air travel service for intra-Africa flights, and has worked with TEDxYouth, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, UNICEF, and as a Diplomat for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
The Co-Editor of No Tees Please: Why Africa Aid Campaigns #FAIL, a crowdsourced inquiry into the practices of inventing disadvantageous aid campaigns for the African continent, Raquel was Campaign Manager for Social Media Week Lagos’ #55FORWARD initiative, bringing together ambassadors from fifty-five African nations to discuss how they are using social media to meet the needs of the continent’s rapidly increasing youth population, and mentors emerging technology entrepreneurs.
Jacques-Philippe Piverger is a social entrepreneur harnessing business and philanthropic experience to effect change where it is needed most across the globe. Co-Founder of MPOWERD, a company bringing innovative solar lighting solutions to the developed and developing world, he is a former Director at AIG Asset Management and PineBridge Investments, participating in more than $100 billion in private equity, hedge and real estate transactions globally.
Jacques-Philippe is also Co-Founder and a Board Member at The Council of Urban Professionals, a nonprofit focused on education reform, access to capital, and leadership development for women and minorities and a previous Term Member at The Council on Foreign Relations.
A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and an avid speaker on leadership, impact investing and being a sound global citizen, Jacques-Philippe holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he was a Private Equity Research Fellow.
Tayo Akinyemi has an MBA in Sustainable Global Enterprise from Cornell University, and a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. She began her career at an NGO dedicated to advancing women in corporate business. Since then, she has been focused on understanding how businesses are built and sustained globally. From developing a community-inclusive business strategy for a greenfield sugarcane ethanol venture in Mozambique, to executing the US strategy for a digital marketing company in Brazil, Tayo catalyzes the social impact potential in commercial business.
Tayo is a Senior Consultant with the World Bank Group for XL Africa, an African post-accelerator program for digital startups. She is also an advisor for Afrobytes, a Paris based initiative that builds bridges between African and European technology innovators. Tayo recently drafted a toolkit for innovation ecosystem assessment for the ITU.
James Andrews is an entrepreneur, public speaker, media host and CEO at SMASHD Ventures which consists of SMASHD Labs, a startup tech accelerator, SMASHD.co, an editorial platform dedicated to culture and tech trends with 200,000 subscribers, and SMASHD, a brand innovation consultancy.
Experienced in digital storytelling and launching products, he has built and sold two companies in the last 15 years.
His past experience includes senior marketing and social media positions in entertainment (Sony Music), fashion (Ecko Unlimited), new media (UBO), and advertising and public relations (Isobar/Aegis Media, Ketchum).
James is a globally sought after speaker and contributor at Fox News and CNN.