Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Co-founder and Executive Director,
African Women's Development Fund

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the African Women’s Development Fund, the first Africa-wide grantmaking initiative for African women. Prior to her work at the Fund, she was the Executive Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) for ten years, an international development organization for African women that is based in the UK with regional offices in Uganda and Nigeria. She has years of experience as a feminist activist, fundraiser, trainer, and political thinker. She has particular interests in development of feminist leadership, inter-generational organizing, and promoting the interests of black and migrant women. During her time at AMwA, she founded the African Women’s Leadership Institute, which is a key training, networking, and information-sharing forum for African women activists, particularly young women. Her past and present voluntary experiences include serving as Vice Chair of the National Alliance of Women’s Organizations of England and Wales (1992-94), Adviser to the Mamacash Foundation (2002-present), International Advisory Committee Member for the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University (1998-present), Steering Committee Member for the International Network of Women’s Funds (2001-present), Steering Group Member for Grantmakers Without Borders (2001-2003), Editorial Board Member for ALLIANCE journal (2001-present), Board Member of ALLAVIDA (UK) (2002-present), President of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (2004-2006), and Member of the Board of Trustees of Comic Relief (UK) (1998-2001). Ms. Adeleye-Fayemi holds a B.A and M.A in History and an M.A. in Gender Studies.