Grace Owen photo


working in the African diaspora and on the continent

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Global Goals

I believe that philanthropy is an act of service. My first experience of doing philanthropic work began when I was a teenager. I started out by selling items at church jumble sales, befriending the elderly, fundraising and making donations.

Since then I have given my skills, time, resources and contacts to different organisations that are helping to create a world where all human beings can flourish.

African Diaspora Kids

In 2015 a dream came true when I founded and launched a new community legacy project, African Diaspora Kids, whose mission is to develop the next generation of African Diaspora Leaders in the UK.

Those of us involved in this project have a belief that every African Diaspora Kid has the potential to make a positive contribution to Africa and the diaspora. We will achieve our vision and mission by working with children (aged five to eleven), families, educators, supporters and partners.

To learn more about the exciting African Diaspora Kids project visit the website »

Diversity Resource International

In 2014 I met 29 pan African Diaspora leaders. We were brought together by Comic Relief, Unbound Philanthropy and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and Common Purpose.

One of those leaders, Mebrak Ghebreweldi, shared my vision to see more effective leadership values, mindsets, skills and behaviours in Africa and the diaspora. Through her social enterprise Diversity Resource International we designed and are delivering a five-day experiential leader development programme on the continent and in the UK.


In 2013 another dream came true when I was invited to join Camfed as a non-executive director. Camfed is an incredibly successful INGO that campaigns for female education in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Ghana, the USA and UK. Cama (the Camfed alumni of beneficiaries) is a fast growing and dynamic pan African movement of over 35,000 women who are role models and philanthropists. In this NED role I have a remit for leadership development.

To learn more about Camfed’s inspiring work visit the website »

A selection of organisations I have done philanthropic work for:

pre Enclampsia
watch africa
bromley by bow centre
wa carts
retail trust uk
save the children
common purpose
south bank centre
book bus
live below the line
lighthouse kidz
Diversity resource international
mat to fore
mothers union
1 more child
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camfed logo