About Us

The Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP) was founded in the UK in 2008 to enable African and disadvantaged communities to improve their lives through education.

To fulfil this mission, PCAP implements programmes in 3 main areas:

  • Education – we deliver educational projects as well as coaching and mentoring sessions that enable our beneficiaries to use education as a tool for personal and collective improvement.
  • Leadership development – we provide our beneficiaries with the training and nurturing they need to become effective leaders and change-makers.
  • Social engagement – we train, nurture and encourage our beneficiaries to become agents of positive social change.

Our Team

Staff and Volunteers

Anthony Ian

Anthony is a bright secondary school pupil who has been volunteering as a PCAP admin assistant when his schedule allows him to do so since 2017.


Sylvie is an award-winning educator, professional coach and entrepreneur with a Master of Philosophy from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Diploma in International Development from Birkbeck, University of London. She founded PCAP in 2008 and has been working as its executive director since. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and several African languages.

Iraklis Taxiarchis

Iraklis is an experienced modern Greek tutor and communications manager with an MSc in International Political Theory from the University of Edinburgh. His enthusiasm, imagination and research skills are huge assets to our charity.

Joan Nimarkoh

Joan is an outstanding development policy analyst with an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is strengthening PCAP’s work thanks to her experience serving multiple institutions including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Social Market Foundation.

Advisory Board




Desiree is a Broadcast Journalist in the Start Up space, with a particular focus on Africa, exploring innovative culture and eco systems around entrepreneurship. She is also a Start Up Strategist with a burning passion for helping people become Intrapreneurs (creating new opportunities within the company they work for) and Entrepreneurs (becoming their own boss).


Afonso is currently completing a Master in Business Administration at the London Business School. He served as Lead of the LBS team that delivered PCAP’s Impact Consulting project in 2018. He has extensive experience as a Researcher, Business Analyst and Management Consultant for institutions including Grameen Bank, the University of Michigan and A T Kearney.


Don is the former Director of Migrants Rights’ Network. He served as PCAP’s Trustee from the charity’s creation in 2008 until his retirement in 2018. He is an outspoken advocate for social justice, education and social engagement.

Board of Trustees


Chris qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and has since worked within the legal profession and in associated fields. He has particular experience in training and a strong interest in the legal aspects of immigration.


Amanda has worked in the Voluntary Sector for over 10 years. She is currently one of the 100 diaspora change makers and is proficient in programme management, fundraising, governance and monitoring and evaluation. She is passionate about community engagement, HIV/AIDS, education and advocacy.


Mohamed became a Trustee of PCAP in May 2011. He is an internationally respected analyst on topics related to Africa including African political engagement, history, economic development and international relations.