African Women's Development Fund | Founder and Executive Director | Ghana
Bisi is Nigerian/British and is the Executive Director of the African Women’s Development Fund, an Africa-wide grantmaking organisation supporting the women’s movement in Africa. 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, and an M.A. in Gender Studies, and 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. During her time at AMwA, she conceptualised the African Women’s Leadership Institute which has helped train over 3,000 women leaders in Africa.
She has been Co-Chair International Network of Women’s Funds (2004-2006) Senior Fellow, Synergos Institute (2003-2005), and was President, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) (2003-2005). She is currently a board member of the International Women’s Health Coalition, an Advisory Boar d member of Realising Rights - The Ethical Globalisation Initiative, and a board member of Resource Alliance (UK).
She has written and published several articles on feminist leadership, popular culture and women’s human rights. She has participated in numerous conferences, seminars, workshops and training programs as a speaker, facilitator, co-convener, trainer and resource person in various parts of Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the United States. She recently received the `Changing the face of Philanthropy’ award from the Women’s Funding Network, USA.