Akwasi Aidoo is a Senior Fellow at Humanity United, a social justice foundation dedicated to addressing systemic conditions for peace and freedom. Prior to that, Akwasi was founding Executive Director of TrustAfrica, a foundation that supports equitable and democratic development in Africa. His previous roles include the head of the health and equity program of the Canadian International Development Research Center in West and Central Africa, Director at the Ford Foundation’s offices in Senegal, Nigeria, and New York.
Akwasi currently serves on the boards of Human Rights Watch, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, and the Fund for Global Human Rights. He also previously on the boards of several non-profits including the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, the Africa Regional Office of the Open Society Foundations, OXFAM America, Resource Alliance, Crime Prevention Centre of South Africa, Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), Global Greengrants Fund, and Global Network Committee of the Ash Institute at Harvard University.
Akwasi was educated in Ghana and the United States and received a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1985. He has taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States. He writes poetry and fiction in his spare time.
Akwasi Aidoo is the 2015 winner of the African Philanthropy Award (APA).
Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Feminist Activist, Gender Specialist, Social Entrepreneur, Policy Advocate, and Writer. She has a BA (1984) and MA (1988) in History from the University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University). She also received an MA in Gender and Society (1992) from Middlesex University, UK.
She co-founded the African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF) – the first Africa-wide grant-making foundation for women, and served as the first Executive Director from 2001-2010. She is currently Principal Partner, Amandla Consulting, specializing in leadership development for women, and she runs an online community called Abovewhispers.com. She was until recently, a UN Women Nigeria Senior Advisor, and is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Africa Leadership Center, King’s College, 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, a member of the Advisory Board of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) of the Synergos Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of the HID Awolowo Foundation 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). She also co-edited ‘Voice, Power and Soul’, with Jessica Horn (2008) a compilation of images and stories of African Feminists. She is married to Dr Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State, Nigeria.
With over 15 years of experience in philanthropy and social change, Solomé Lemma is committed to community-owned and -determined social transformation. Solomé joins Thousand Currents most recently from Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), an initiative she co-founded and led for four years before its merger with Thousand Currents. She is also one of the founders of Africa Responds, a diaspora-led humanitarian initiative that was created to galvanize support for grassroots organizations that fought the Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa.
Previously, she served as Global Fund for Children’s Senior Program Officer for Africa for over five years, managing a portfolio of over 100 grassroots organizations in about 25 countries. Solomé has also worked with the UN Development Programme in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch in New York City, and the International Rescue Committee in Liberia. She received a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Stanford University. Solomé was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for her work with diaspora communities and has been featured in both Forbes and the Washington Post. She was also named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on twitter” at @innovateafrica.