Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Nigerian/British feminist and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and former Executive Director of the AWDF. She was previously the Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in the UK, with an Africa regional office in Kampala, Uganda. She has an M.A in History from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife Nigeria, and an M.A. in Gender Studies from Middlesex University, UK. She has experience as a journalist, writer, lecturer, trainer, and as an organisational development specialist. She has expertise in fundraising and organisational development, and training expertise in feminist leadership development and resource mobilisation. She conceptualised the African Women’s Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for young African women which has helped train over 2,000 women leaders in Africa over the past ten years.
She has served as Co-Chair International Network of Women’s Funds (2004-2006), Board Member Partnership for Transparency Fund (2004-2007), International Adviser, Global Fund for Women, Adviser, Mamacash Foundation, Editorial Board Member, Alliance magazine, and board member, International Women’s Health Coalition (2006-2009). She is a Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute, and has served as a Trustee of Comic Relief (UK) and President, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Toronto (AWID) (2003-2005). She has written and published several articles on feminist leadership, popular culture and women’s human rights.