Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Co-Founder, African Women's Development Fund, (AWDF)

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a feminist thinker, gender specialist, social entrepreneur, policy advocate, writer, and social change Philanthropy practitioner. She co-founded the African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF) – the first Africa-wide grant-making foundation for women, and served as the founding Executive Director from 2001-2010. AWDF has played a key role in the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Africa, through its support of grassroots initiatives, policy engagements and movement building for social justice.
She is currently Principal Partner, Amandla Consulting, specializing in leadership development for women, and she runs an online community called Abovewhispers.com. She is a UN Women Nigeria Senior Advisor, and was recently appointed as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, University of London. She serves on the Executive Boards of the African Women’s Development Fund, and the Global Fund for Women USA, where she chairs the Program Committee. She is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund and also serves on the Governing Council of Elizade University, Nigeria Bisi is the author of ‘Speaking for Myself’: Perspectives on Social, Political and Feminist Activism in Africa (2013), ‘Speaking above a Whisper’, (2013) an autobiography and ‘Loud Whispers’ (2017).