Our Story

Our story began 2008 with our founder’s vision to end African poverty by enabling African industry to thrive and create decent work for local communities. With the support of two friends and a firm belief that capturing the value of natural resources locally was the key to prosperity, Proudly Made in Africa was created and within a year, we had producer projects running in Kenya and Ethiopia. Since then, we have supported over 700 businesses and entrepreneurs across 15 countries on the continent of Africa and connected ethically minded buyers with responsibly sourced African products. Here in Ireland, we've promoted the excellence of African industry to almost 20,000 business students through our education programmes.

Sustainable Development Goals

Proudly Made in Africa is committed to the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and our work contributes to target under Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals.

Our Vision

Equal Partnerships | Shared Learning | Accountability

Our vision is a world where African communities thrive, trading on equal terms with the rest of the world.


Our Mission

Support | Connect | Promote

To help African businesses capture the value of their resources and sell to the rest of the world.


Meet Our Team

Killian Stokes


Killian is an award-winning social entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in the tech and not for profit sectors working across Europe, America and Africa. Amongst other things, Killian is passionate about global value chain reform, sustainable development and the role innovation and creativity can play to make our world better. Killian is also a big coffee drinker and has, with Shane Reilly, cofounded Moyee Coffee Ireland UK (moyeecoffee.ie) to bring speciality “FairChain” coffee from the forests and mountains of Ethiopia to coffee geeks in tech and creative offices across Ireland and the UK.

Ngozi Elobuike

Project Manager and Development Consultant

Ngozi Elobuike is a global scholar and cultural broker, she has an insatiable taste for examining power asymmetries, strategic problem solving and developing human potential. Having managed over 70 people across non-profit teams and structuring the full life cycle of projects in Stockton, California, Washington, D.C., London, U.K., and Blantyre, Malawi, she has robust experience in organisational design, communicating with stakeholders, and culturally competent strategic planning. She is a reliable point of contact, establishing credibility has allowed me to conduct community needs assessments, rapidly scale campaigns and capacity build with cross-functional teams.

Dr. David Nyaluke

Development Education Officer

David ​is the Proudly Made in Africa Fellow in Business and Development at University College Dublin. Prior to joining us, David was with the Kimmage Development Studies Centre and Maynooth University, focusing on the role of business, NGOs and state in development and on Africa in the international system. Through this work, he has built strong relationships with several NGOs in the Irish development education sector. David holds a PhD from Dublin City University which investigated trajectories of political and development transformation of African states from independence into the 21st Century. He is the current vice-president of African Scholars Association of Ireland (AfSAI).

Claudia Zedda

Development Research Intern

Claudia M. Zedda is a Final year International Development student at University College Cork. Originally from Sardinia (Italy), Claudia moved to Ireland on her own at the age of 18 to pursue her academic studies. She has successfully completed the first three years of her degree with a First Class Honours and won two Quercus Scholarships for her academic achievements. Claudia has also been involved in community development and societies in her own college, being elected Events Officer (2020-2021), Vice-Chairperson (2021-2022) and current Ex-Officio (2022-2023) of UCC Fáilte Refugees Society, a society that welcomes and empowers refugees and the migrant community on campus and beyond.

Claudia Zedda

Development Research Intern

Katelyn Brickley Cristo is an undergraduate student at UCC. She is studying BSc International Development. She is from Cork city, Ireland. The key areas that she participates in at PMIA are helping in market research for projects, assisting with coordinating activities for the organisation, and supporting desk research. Her main interests in African development are agriculture and food security, children’s education, and gender equality.