Greetings Glocal Citizens!
In preparation for this week's episode, I was excited to spend some time tuning my Francophone ears AND eyes watching episodes of African Woman 2.0, hosted by my guest, Aissata Sidibé N’Dia, president and founding member of Yelenba-Women in Action. The creation of Yelenba is the result of a collaborative decision to support, through concrete actions, African women and girls, offering them opportunities to improve their daily lives. In addition to her philanthropic pursuits, Aissata is also runs the popular Francophone platform www.afriquefemme.com.
Aissata holds an MBA from the University of Maryland in the United States and over 18 years of communications experience. She started her career at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where she spent thirteen years in various positions in the Communication Department. At the end of 2015, her family relocated to Abidjan, where she worked as a Communication Expert, with the team responsible for the implementation of the Compact Program of the Ivory Coast of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Following her work with MCC, Aissata served as the West Africa Communication Manager at the African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), a Nairobi-based development institution that operates in agribusiness and renewable energies. This position allowed her to expand her network in sub-Saharan Africa and gain a better understanding of the challenges of small private sector businesses and the rural communities they support.
Speaking with Aissata was definitely a treat you'll not want to miss as we take a mini tour living, working and playing in Francophone Africa.