Hafsat Abiola

President, Women in Africa Initiative

Hafsat Abiola is the President of Women in Africa Initiative, the foremost platform organizing the continent’s leading women into a force for sustainable development.

An economist with degrees from Harvard and Tsinghua, a pro-democracy activist who lost both parents to her country’s democracy struggle, and a former member of her state’s cabinet in charge of the MDGs and trade and investment portfolios, Hafsat believes women’s equal engagement in the economy and governance systems at all levels will lead to a better world.

Her commitment to harnessing women’s power to transform society is reflected in her work, which spans from the local to global. In Nigeria, she founded KIND, a civil society organization that trains thousands of women in service-oriented leadership. She is one of 50 Councillors of the World Future Council, a Special Envoy to Africa for Women Political Leaders, a member of BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders GroupVital Voices 100 and an alumna of the World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders. She is also the recipient of several global and national awards; including, in 2019, the U.S. Civil Rights Museum Public Service Award.

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  • Mar 29 2022
    Blog Post Connected Women Leaders at Bellagio Who We Are Connected Women Leaders is a high-level cohort of global leaders, curated across geographies, generations, and expertise, initiated and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation. The mission of Connected Women Leaders is to activate the power of women, working together through connected leadership, to find better solutions to global challenges. Hafsat Abiola, Pat Mitchell, Ronda Carnegie