AWLTT-AWMN MENTORSHIP NETWORK Mentorship Network Program connects our participants with specially-selected female mentors.
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Dr Oluremi Aribisala - (Nigeria)click
Dr (Mrs) Remi Aribisala was the Former Deputy Executive Secretary in charge of integration programmes for ECOWAS from 2001 -2005, being the first woman in West Africa to occupy one of the executive positions that hitherto were all occupied by men. She is the Chairperson (Africa) of African women Leaders Think Tank (AWLTT), She nurtured the Organization into existence as the pioneer Chairperson (Africa) and operationalise the programmes aimed at attaining the millennium goals.
She is a Regional Integration Adviser and in that capacity fast tracked the establishment of integration programmes such as: West African Gas Pipeline, West African Power Pool. She also coordinated the harmonization of national policies and the development of sector policies in Agriculture (ECOWAP); ECOWAS Common Regional Telecommunication Policy & Regulation; ECOWAS Air Liberalization Policy; ICT Policy for Development in West Africa; ECOWAS Protocol on Education. She facilitated Sub-Regional Integration of Education in West Africa within the NEPAD framework and coordinated the production of the West African Report on Human Development Index.
As a woman empowerment expert she coordinated the development of the West African Gender Policy. She also initiated and coordinated the establishment of ECOWAS Gender Development Center, Dakar in order to leave a legacy behind on institutionalizing an agency for coordinating women empowerment in West African Region. She is the Chief Supervising Consultant of Project Solutions Consulting Ltd (PSL consulting). She has over 35 years of experience in consulting. She was former Permanent Secretary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Bience Gawanas - (Namibia)click
Bience Philomina Gawanas(Born 1956 in Namibia) is Commissioner of Social Affairs on the African Commission. She was a Commissioner on the Public Service Commission in Namibia from 1991 to 1996, and an Ombudswoman in the Namibian Government from 1996 to 2003. She has also been a Lecturer in Gender Law at the University of Namibia, Director of the Board of the Central Bank of Namibia, and involved in many non-governmental organizations including Secretary-General of the Namibian National Women's Organization and patron of Namibian Federation of Persons with Disabilities
Siwela Sheila - Zambiaclick
H.E. Mrs Sheila Siwela, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zambia to the OPCW, presented her credentials to the Director-General on 16 February 2009. She is concurrently accredited as her country’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Benelux Countries and the European Communities.
Ambassador Siwela’s previously served as Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2005-2008 and in Abuja as Zambia’s Deputy Head of Mission to Nigeria.
Ambassador Siwela obtained her Diploma in Social Work at the University of Zambia, followed by a Bachelor in Administration at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She also holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Ndiaye Ndioro - Senegalclick
Professor Ndioro Ndiaye is the Deputy Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In 1988, she was appointed by the President of the Republic of Senegal to the post of Minister for Social Development. On behalf of the Senegalese Government, she coordinated humanitarian activities during the crisis between Senegal and Mauritania in 1989. As the supervising minister, Professor Ndiaye devised and implemented practical solutions to assist both Senegalese and Mauritanian migrants displaced by the conflict.
From 1990 to 1995, Professor Ndiaye was Minister for Women’s, Children’s and Family Affairs. Thereafter, and until her appointment as Deputy Director-General of IOM, she resumed her numerous activities at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, where she was highly instrumental in reforming tertiary education in Senegal.
In 1990, UNICEF invited her to take part in preparations for the World Summit for Children. In that context she proposed that the rich countries should plough back a part of debt service payments by poor countries into programmes to help children. She also made a major contribution to preparations for the World Summit on the Economic Advancement of Rural Women held in Geneva in 1992, which was followed by a meeting on the same topic in Brussels in 1994.
Amany Asfour - Egyptclick
Dr. Amany Asfour is graduated from Faculty of Medicine – Cairo University and had her Master Degree & M.D. degree in Pediatrics In her academic career; she is a Lecturer of Pediatrics at the National Research Center of Egypt. She joined the private sector since she was a student at the Faculty of Medicine. Within few years she was also able to establish a company for Medical equipments with more than 30 brands of medical equipments.
Her interests were not limited to establishing her private Business only but soon she realized the importance of creating an organization targeting Economic Women Empowerment & Young Women Entrepreneurship Promotion. As a result she established the Egyptian Business women Association in 1995 with the objectives of promoting young generations of Women Entrepreneurs & giving guidance to women business owners of Small & Medium enterprises. The organization also supports the mainstream of feminine gender in the Global Market. From her belief that financial independence gives the Power of Choice & Voice, she directed her activities towards Economic Empowerment of Women , Capacity Building, Development of Human Resources & to stress on equal opportunity for girls , Youth and womenfor education & training and promotion of Women and Youth in Science and Technology .and building partnerships with their colleagues
In Africa, Asia, Europe and all over the world
From her belief that Economic Empowerment ofWomen is a must for Economic Growth and for development She has been advocating for women Empowerment on the, African, Arab and Mediterranean regions .She founded, Business and Professional Women –Egypt and then established The African Alliance for Women Empowerment which has focal points all over Africa & the main target is Women Empowerment and promoting economic integration among women and Youth Entrepreneurs in Africa. And building partnerships across their colleagues in Asia, Europe and the whole world
Dr Asfour also initiated the Mediterranean Congress for Business and Professional Women as a platform for sharing experiences and good practices among women entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean Region and to have regional cooperation in the region
Jane Kwanu - Ghanaclick
Jane Kwanu is an independent Think Tank Professional and an International Gender Consultant. She was Africa Regional Programme Advisor of Planned parenthood. Former gender consultant o ECOWAS, she drafted he ECOWAS gender policy