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Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

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Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF, Nigeria/UK). AWDF is a fundraising and grantmaking organization launched in 2001 that supports African women's organizations committed to advancing women's human rights and their political and economic empowerment. Prior to her work with AWDF, Ms. Adeleye-Fayemi was Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international pan-African NGO that coordinates programs for the development of women's leadership skills and supports women's grassroots organizing.

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele

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Mamphela Ramphele serves as Chair of the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM), an independent organization launched in 2003 by the United Nations and various national governments from the North and South. GCIM seeks to investigate new initiatives for improving cooperation of migrant issues among international agencies; to promote a shared global concern for emigration, immigration, and transit; and to encourage the protection of the rights of migrants through an institutional focus. Dr.

Fatima Jibrell

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Fatima Jibrell is Founder and Executive Director of Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization (Horn Relief). Founded in 1991, Horn Relief is a leading grassroots development organization that works for social, political, and environmental change in Somalia. Through Horn Relief, Ms. Jibrell works directly with Somali communities and advocates for just and sustainable development internationally.

Nemat Shafik

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Nemat Shafik is Vice President of Infrastructure at the World Bank. She is responsible for managing the Bank's Energy, Water, Transport and Urban sectors, as well as Project Finance and Guarantees, and directs, jointly with the International Finance Corporation, the global product groups for Information and Technology and for Oil, Gas, Chemicals and Mining. Dr. Shafik is currently the visiting Director General and former non-Executive Director of the Management Board of the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID).

Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai is Assistant Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife in Kenya. An environmental activist for more than three decades, Ms. Maathai began her advocacy career when she joined the National Council of Women of Kenya in the 1970's. In 1976, she began planting trees with other Kenyans, mostly rural women, as a symbol of the importance of preserving environmental resources. She then co-founded the Green Belt Movement (GBM), a grassroots NGO that has worked in environmental conservation and community development in Kenya for over 25 years.

Zakia Salime

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Zakia Salime is founder of Women's Space, a non-governmental organization in Morocco that works to improve women's skills in microcredit and their access to market funds. She is also President of Espace Point de Depart (ESPOD) Association for Promoting Women’s Micro-Enterprises. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 she received a Goodwin Fellowship for her work in Sociology with a concentration in Gender Relations and International Development.

Judith Hadonou-Yovo

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Judith Hadonou-Yovo studied mathematics and physics at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France. After returning to Benin in 1996, she got her start in television with the station La Chaine 2 (LC2) at its founding. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, LC2 was the first private and commercial television station in Benin and in all of West Africa. At LC2, Ms. Hadonou-Yovo has been responsible for program acquisitions, schedules, and production and now directs the international department.

Ayoka Lawani

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Ayoka Lawani, a women’s rights activist and Executive Director of Women for Democracy and Leadership and Women for Development and Leadership (WODEL), works to support women’s leadership and participation in politics and development in Nigeria. WODEL holds training-of-trainers workshops for representatives of women's organizations to address leadership skills including public-speaking, campaigning, use of media, and lobbying issues. Participants in turn share the skills and information gained during the workshops with other members of their own organizations.

Najat Rochdi

Najat Rochdi, a computer science engineer with a masters degree in mathematics, is the Regional Coordinator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Information and Communication Technology for Development in Arab Region (ICTDAR) initiative. She previously served as Morocco's Deputy Minister in charge of Small and Medium Enterprise and e-services development, and as Director of Cooperation and ICT Development in the Moroccan Ministry of Post and Information Technology. Ms.

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

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