Bibi Bakere Yusuf

I was born in Lagos and spent my early childhood there. I left Nigeria to attend boarding school in England when I was 13, and from there, I went on to study Anthropology and Communications at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. I then did an MA in Gender Studies at the University of Warwick, followed […]

Maame Afon Yelbert-Obeng

I was born and raised in Ghana and have been living in the US for the past 12 years. Over the past decade, I have had the joy and privilege of working to support initiatives that bring significant and meaningful changes to the lives of women and girls across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). For five years […]

Amy Shupikai Tsanga

I live and work in Harare. More specifically, I am a senior lecturer in law, and Deputy Director of the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Women’s Law. (SEARCWL), a graduate feminist institution, focusing on women and the law, and housed in the Faculty of Law, at the University of Zimbabwe.  I teach Theories […]

Oury Traore


I am from Mali, but have been living in Accra, Ghana since 2005. I am an Independent Consultant working mainly in Peace and Security. I also undertake assignments in Leadership, Organizational Development, Gender, Human Rights and Civil Society. My primary skills areas are in research, training, Evaluation; Program Formulation & Design; Process Facilitation; and Institutional […]

Coumba Traore

I currently live in Mali where I work for Ashoka. My role is to support social entrepreneurs and their organisations, also known as Changemakers. The work I do is based on the assumption that every problem, every issue in any community can be solved by engaging people to find innovative solutions to these problems. Using […]

Tina Thiart


I live in Cape Town and I work with the Women’s Funds and Community Foundations in Southern Africa. I am a Board member in the interim for AWDF and also a board member for the Southern Africa Community Grantmakers forum, WINGS and Women’s Net. My role is to work with the Women’s Funds on sustainability […]

Fatou Sow


I received my baccalaureate in science and philosophy from the Université de Dakar before leaving for France to complete a doctorate in sociology, at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, and much later in my career a Research Director Habilitation from the Université Paris Diderot. At a very early stage of my career, I was attached as a […]

Leila Sheikh


I am the owner of a consultancy firm Studio Calabash Ltd. I specialize in designing strategies for lobbying, advocacy and for public education programmes. This includes conducting action research, mapping intervention strategies to mitigate disaster and disease and writing copy and scripts for radio, television, community theatre and billboards. My experience includes designing programmes for […]

Sally Jean Shackleton


I live and work in Cape Town, South Africa, and I work in South Africa. My work has a focus on media, communications and using information and communication technologies as a tool to raise voices for change. I work with sex workers, transgender people, gender activists and feminists. I am currently working with the Sex […]