Advisory Council

The Advisory Council meets biannually with the objective of giving strategic direction and advice as well as offering its experience across relevant sectors.

HE Manoah Esipisu, High Commissioner of Kenya

Mr Manoah Esipisu took up the post in November 2018 as High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kenya to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization.


He is also Kenya’s Governor to the Commonwealth Secretariat.

As Kenya’s top diplomat in the UK, he leads a team dedicated to strengthening bilateral relations around the key pillars of security and defence; trade, investment and diaspora; tourism, and education.

Prior to returning to London, MrEsipisu served for 5 years as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s key communications adviser in the role of Secretary, Communications and State House Spokesperson (starting from12 July 2013).

In this role he was head of the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU), responsible for messaging the Presidency and Government; the First Lady; research on policy, communication of government policy, digitization of presidency communications and branding of State events.

Mr. Esipisu, one of Kenya’s best known media public figures, has had a long and distinguished career as a journalist and diplomat, starting off his media career with the Standard Group, where he worked briefly before joining the global news and information group Reuters, covering the African continent and working in bureaus in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

He first came to London as a diplomat in 2006 and served with distinction at the Commonwealth Secretariat, where he was Spokesperson and Deputy Director of Communication and Public Affairs. There, he was responsible for, and, worked closely directly with Presidents or Prime Ministers, to deliver on all communication aspects for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Australia.

He joined the Kenyan Presidency from Tunis, Tunisia, where he was serving as a special assistant to the President of the African Development Bank, responsible for public affairs and stakeholder relations.

Throughout his career, Mr Esipisu has been a formidable mentor of journalists on the African continent and beyond, and is credited with the training of some of Kenya’s best-known business journalists.

Having travelled to more than 80 countries in his various roles, Mr Esipisu is an acquaintance of a number of African and global leaders and has leveraged this to lift the image of the President and Kenya throughout the continent and the world.

Mr Esipisu has spoken at dozens of fora around the world on Kenyan and African development issues and is the author of “Eyes of Democracy: the media in elections”, which chronicles the experiences of journalists and observers in covering elections.

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HE Nomatemba Tambo, High Commissioner of South Africa

Born on 19 October 1957, Ms Nomatemba Tambo is the daughter to apartheid struggle hero and former President of the African National Congress (ANC) Oliver Reginald Tambo and heroine Adelaide Tambo.  Prior to being appointed South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ms Tambo served in Hong Kong and Italy.

Ms Tambo acquired a BA Honours combined a degree in History and English from the Roehampton Institute in London, an LLB in Post Graduate Law from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a Diplomatic Training Diploma from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

High Commissioner Tambo is the co-founder of the South African Women’s Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Director/Founding Member of Women in Capital Growth (a Black Empowerment Company). She is also a Director of ‘Girls on a Mission’, a charity dealing with women, a Trustee for the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, Patron of SchoolAid, South Africa and Patron of People First, a charity focusing on the education of disadvantaged children in Rwanda.

Before London, her last diplomatic post was serving as Ambassador to Italy, Malta, Albania, San Marino and Permanent Representative to UN based agencies in Rome and she served as Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau.

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HE Papa Owusu-Ankomah, High Commissioner of Ghana

His Excellency Papa Owusu-Ankomah is a senior Ghanaian political figure, statesman and lawyer. He is a founding member of the New Patriotic Party, which he represented in Ghana’s Parliament as a member from 1997 to 2016 for the historic city of Sekondi in the Western Region. During his tenure in parliament, he served in many parliamentary positions, culminating in his selection as Majority Leader in Parliament.

His Excellency Owusu-Ankomah was a prominent member of the Kufuor Administration (2001-2008), during which he served in a record number of senior ministerial positions. He has served as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Trade and Industry, and Minister of Education, Science and Sports.

Aside from his political career, His Excellency Owusu-Ankomah is a leading member of the Ghanaian Bar, and the founding partner of Owusu-Ankomah, Arvo-Mensah, Dzigba and Associates.

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Tracy Black, Director CBI Scotland

Tracy Black was appointed Scotland Director on 1 January 2018, having first joined the CBI as Deputy Regional Director for Scotland in April 2017. A recognised thought-leader within the Scottish business community, Tracy regularly appears on platforms alongside Scotland’s foremost political and business leaders and has a growing reputation as an essential economic commentator.

Alongside a varied and distinguished career in the financial services sector, where she worked with top tier global financial institutions like Goldman Sachs International and UBS AG, Tracy has experience of working with a range of SMEs and entrepreneurial start-ups, particularly spin-outs from the higher education sector.

Tracy has also provided advisory services to a range of start-ups and financial services companies and is currently co-owner of Carter Vintners Limited, a company producing high-quality Australian wines.

In addition to professional roles, Tracy has been actively involved in leadership and mentoring programmes, in particular working with school children, prisoners and ex-offenders. She also sits on the Board of Skills Development Scotland.

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Upcoming Events

HMA Louise De Sousa, UK Ambassador to Tunisia, visit to Scotland 22nd & 23rd October

On October 22nd and 23rd our UK Ambassador to Tunisia, Louise De Sousa, will visit to discuss opportunities in Tunisia covering a range of sectors. On the evening of the 22nd, SABA will be hosting a meeting and reception covering opportunities in oil & gas

HE Linda Scott, High Commissioner of Namibia, Edinburgh meeting 30th October 2019

On the 30th October SABA will hold a private round table meeting with Her Excellency Linda Scott, High Commissioner of Namibia in central Edinburgh. Her Excellency will cover a broad range of sectors followed by a Q&A.

North African Heads of Mission Meeting Expected Q2 2020

Following the success of the African Heads of Mission Meeting in September 2018, which concentrated on Sub-Saharan Africa, SABA will host the Ambassadors and trade teams of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt in Edinburgh for two days of meetings...