The Africa-Europe Foundation is a consortium entity founded by a leading European think-tank, Friends of Europe, and a leading African Foundation, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, in partnership with the African Climate Foundation and the ONE Campaign and with a multitude of stakeholders from civil society, business, policymaking and the youth sector across Africa and Europe.

Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Groups – Our sectoral focus

The Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Groups are mandated to build a commonality of purpose from the complexity of sometimes diverging perspectives and approaches across priority domains of partnership; enlarge the Africa-Europe partnership to new and diverse actors; unlock dormant opportunities; leverage joint partnership action; open up space for fresh policy thinking, strategic foresight and a holistic rethink of critical sectors for multilateral cooperation; and reinforce Africa-EU on the international stage.

The Strategy Groups will focus on priority sectors that are central to Africa-Europe cooperation and critical in both the COVID context and in the face of the ongoing climate emergency. We recognise the interconnections across priority sectors and will work to break down silos and promote cross-sector initiatives.

The Strategy Groups will focus on the following priority sectors:

  • Health
  • Digital
  • Agriculture & Sustainable Food Systems
  • Energy & Green Transformation
  • Transport & Connectivity

The Strategy Groups are supported by the High-Level Group of Personalities who provides political and strategic orientations for the Africa-Europe Foundation.

Our cross-cutting themes

In promoting a whole-of-society approach we highlight the importance of embedding cross-cutting themes which are pivotal to taking the Africa-Europe partnership to the next level of impact:

Climate Change; Youth; Gender; Education; Mobility; Involvement of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES); and Governance.

The research partners affiliated to the Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Groups include IPEMED (Mediterranean World Economic Foresight Institute), the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), the Next Einstein Forum and FERDI (Fondation pour les Études et Recherches sur le Développement International).

The preparation of the Africa-Europe Foundation has been supported by the European Commission and in association with the African Union Commission through the “Debating Africa-EU” series.

The announcement of the Africa-Europe Foundation is a call to involve diverse organisations, youth and civil society networks, think-tanks, foundations and institutions working on the Africa-Europe partnership.


Paul Walton — Director

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Strategy Groups

Mohamed Ramy
Mohamed Ramy

Co-Founder of Generations for Health

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Mohamed Ramy’s work focuses on understanding how inclusive policies can resolve the divisive inequalities in healthcare systems. He previously undertook a Thomas J. Watson fellowship to explore the concepts of “healing” and “home” among refugee communities in six countries, before moving onto international development and global health. Ramy contributes to implementing culturally-informed, cross-disciplinary health strategies in Egypt. He currently acts as the Strategy & Partnerships Lead at Generations for Health to empower youth to speak on global health challenges, and has been recruited by DHB Global to lead in the expansion into the MENA market.

Cormac Russell
Cormac Russell

Managing Director of Nurture Development

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Cormac Russell is Managing Director of Nurture Development and a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago. Over the last 20 years, Cormac has worked in over 30 countries around the world. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths-based approaches in Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. He is passionate about the proliferation of community-driven change and citizen-centred democracy and has supported hundreds of communities to make ABCD visible through what he calls ABCD Neighbourhood Learning Sites.

Esperança Sevene
Esperança Sevene

Lecturer of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Eduardo Mondlane University

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Dr Esperança Sevene has worked as Clinical Pharmacologist at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) for over 25 years. In 2001 as part of the collaboration between UEM and Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM), she joined the Centre to work on the safe use of drugs and vaccines in pregnancy amongst other areas. She was involved in the implementation of the National Pharmacovigilance System in Mozambique and other African countries in collaboration with the World Health Organization. She currently acts as Director of the PhD Program in Bioscience and Public Health at UEM and part-time Associate Researcher at CISM.

Kristine Sørensen
Kristine Sørensen

Founder of the Global Health Literacy Academy

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Kristine Sørensen is a health literacy trailblazer, knowledge broker and trusted advisor on health literacy and global health perspectives. She is widely known for being the founding Director of the Global Health Literacy Academy, located in Denmark. Her experience includes work in international institutions, including several EU bodies and the World Health Organization. She also worked at McKinsey. Sørensen received the European Health Award 2012 for the societal impact of the European Health Literacy study, as well as the International Health Literacy Award and the AHLA Global Health Literacy Award 2018. She is co-author of the International Handbook of Health Literacy, and lectures at several leading universities.

Marleen Temmerman
Marleen Temmerman

Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women, Child and Adolescent Health at AKU East-Africa

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Marleen Temmerman is an experienced obstetrician, supervising over 18,000 births in different parts of the world and publishing around 500 contributions in the area of women’s health. Among her several awards and honours, Temmerman was elected in 2007 as Senator in the Belgian Parliament where she was member of the Committee on Social Affairs and Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Her previous leadership positions include Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at the World Health Organization, where she was the main penholder of the UN Global Strategy for Women’s, Children and Adolescent’s Health (2016-2030), launched in September 2015.

Sênoudé Pacôme Tomètissi
Sênoudé Pacôme Tomètissi

Member of the People’s Health Movement, Central and West Africa, PODEV, Benin

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Sênoudé Pacôme Tomètissi is a communication specialist and independent researcher and activist. He is a member of the People’s Health Movement (PHM), a global network of individual and organisations aimed at promoting the right to health, and is the Regional Coordinator for PHM West & Central Africa. Pacôme has previously worked as an independent researcher with Global Integrity on its African Integrity Indicators, with Transparency International Secretariat (Germany) on Benin’s National Integrity System report 2016 and with Transparency UK. He contributes to the Global Information Society Watch, a collaborative community committed to creating an open, inclusive and sustainable information society.

Sitawa Wafula
Sitawa Wafula

Founder of My Mind My Funk

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Sitawa Wafula is a Kenyan social entrepreneur with over 8 years’ experience in national and international mental health advocacy. She is also the founder of My Mind My Funk, a weekly podcast and mental health resource hub that provides people in Africa with mental health information and support. Her portfolio includes bringing mental health conversations to the forefront through her Google award-winning blog, setting up Kenya’s first free mental health support line, and mentoring the next generation of mental health champions in Africa. The impact of her work was recognised in the ‘Top 42 African Innovators to watch’ list.

Sarah Wamala Andersson
Sarah Wamala Andersson

Professor of Health and Welfare Technology at Mälardalens University, Sweden

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Sarah Wamala Andersson is Professor of Health and Welfare Technology at Mälardalens University, Sweden. Her current research includes reimbursement, implementation, evidence and effectiveness of digital health interventions. Internationally, Sarah contributes to research capacity building in Africa, training programs in science and leadership for transforming institutions and leadership development for health directors in Africa. Her previous leadership roles include serving as Director General of the Swedish National Institute of Public Health, Director of Health promotion and Disease prevention, Stockholm County Council, Professor of Health policy at Karolinska Institute and as Principal research scientist for multinational pharmaceutical companies.

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Founded by

  • Friends of Europe

    The think tank for a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-thinking Europe. Friends of Europe is Brussels' most innovative think-tank, and for two decades has been showcasing new ideas on Europe's future while challenging outdated ones.

  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation

    The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa. It is our conviction that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.

In partnership with

  • The ONE Campaign

    The ONE Campaign, a global movement and international not-for-profit organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease.

  • The African Climate Foundation

    The African Climate Foundation is the first African-led strategic climate change grant-making foundation


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