Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell is an award-winning think tank founder and director, writer, leadership trainer, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples, an organisation established in 2008 in the UK to provide a platform for the engagement and education of African individuals and key stakeholders in Europe, Africa and elsewhere. Sylvie is also the Founder and Chief Executive Director of Medzan Training, a leadership and self-development company created in the UK in 2013. She has designed first-class courses that provide results-focused training to leaders, established or aspiring professionals, and young people.
Before founding the Policy Centre and Medzan Training, Sylvie served as UK Director of the Nigeria-based think tank Centre for Democracy and Development for over 3 years. Prior to that, she worked for institutions promoting human development, education and rights in Africa, Britain, Spain and elsewhere for nearly 10 years. In addition, Sylvie is a writer who publishes books and stories under the pseudonyms Susan Akono and Chantal Aboa.
Sylvie’s leadership and dedication to the promotion of human development and education through her work, writings, lectures, radio and television appearances has brought her international recognition. She won the 2013 African Diaspora’s Community Hero Award, and was short-listed as Author of the Year, Career Woman of the Year and Role Model of the Year for the 2013 Women for Africa Awards. She was also recently appointed a Board Member of the South Africa-based think tank African Democratic Institute, short-listed for the 2014 African Achievers Awards in the category of Excellence in the Diaspora, selected as one of the Royal Society of Arts’ Diaspora Change Makers, and chosen as a Judge for the 2015 British Awards for Africa’s Development and the 2015 and 2016 Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards.
Sylvie, who has a Master of Philosophy in Postcolonial Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid, and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and several African languages, has produced articles and comments for numerous media including The Guardian, BBC, Vox Africa, Press TV, The New Londoner, Colourful Radio, The Huffington Post, TeamPlayer 360, Ben TV, AllAfrica.com, and Arise TV.