Board of Directors update - 19th February 2021

As an anti-racist organisation committed to fair and equitable treatment for all, Proudly Made in Africa abhors all forms of racism and recognises the hurt caused to the Traveller community in recent days.

Mr Aaron Forde has tendered his resignation as Chair and volunteer Non-Executive Director of Proudly Made in Africa.  Our Board of Directors has considered this fully and accepted Mr Forde’s resignation at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Thursday 18th February 2021.

Proudly Made in Africa will continue to help African businesses capture the value of their resources and sell to the rest of the world.

We will continue to support excellent African businesses to create sustainable jobs and thriving communities.



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The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of private sector partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector.

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Board Of Directors

Proudly Made in Africa’s Board of Directors brings together expertise in both development and business.


Sylvia Gavigan

Sylvia is the Ugandan Consulate General to Ireland, working on economic development programmes and supporting Irish investors expanding their businesses into Uganda. Sylvia has vast experience in both African business and education, having lectured for over 18 years at the National College of Ireland on these themes and running successful entrepreneurship programmes between Ireland and Uganda. She has previously sat on the board at Gorta and is currently working towards her PhD at Dublin Institute of Technology, themed around female entrepreneurship in emerging African markets.

 Mark Bonham

Mark Bonham is the Head of Risk and Compliance for OFX in Ireland who are a global money transfer and FX payments FinTech. Mark has specialised in payments compliance in FinTechs in recent years having previously worked for Optal and Airbnb.  Mark established his career working in executive leadership roles for global reinsurers for over 25 years such as Atradius and Sun Life Financial. Mark is CAMS Certified, a Chartered Director, and an ACT International Cash Manager. Mark has a particular passion for supporting organisations in understanding regulatory governance and providing support for innovative FinTech solutions.

Sandra Conway

Sandra is a solicitor with expertise in public, administrative, regulatory and information law matters. Sandra is a qualified barrister (non-practising) and has worked previously in research and advocacy roles in public and non-profit organisations in Ireland and overseas. She has direct experience of the Irish startup community, having founded an e-commerce platform in the consumer sector.



James Harold

James is a communications and development professional with over ten years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. Previously, he has held positions wit IOM - the United Nations Migration Agency and ORBIS International. He is an experienced fundraising and development manager and has tailored solutions for industry leaders including Davy, CRH, KPMG, Matheson and Avalon to complement their CSR goals. James is currently Head of Communications at Ireland's largest approved housing body, Clúid Housing. He holds an M.Phil in European Studies and a BA in French and Spanish, both awarded by Trinity College, Dublin. His current focus is on media relations, digital communications, business development and Government relations.

Catherine Mahoro

Catherine is an accountant with an extensive financial background with expertise in financial reporting, Tax returns, payroll, internal audits, credit control, bank reconciliation, and budgeting. Catherine also completed a BA in Development Studies with the Kimmage Development Studies Centre and has worked in development and non-Governmental sector’s. Catherine has a passion for technology and innovation including working with projects that bring about sustainable growth to communities.