Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell is the founder and executive director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples (www.policycap.org ), an educational charity established in the UK in 2008. The Policy Centre for African Peoples works to enable African and disadvantaged communities to improve their lives through education.
Aboa-Bradwell is also the founder and chief executive officer of Medzan Training (www.medzantraining.com ), a company created in 2016 to offer innovative, Africa-inspired executive coaching, leadership and professional development programmes.
Before founding the Policy Centre for African Peoples and Medzan Training, she 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.
Aboa-Bradwell is a fellow of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative, a business and management programme run by the New York-based Center for Global Enterprise. She was recently co-opted into the Medway Champions, a network of leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs who are collaborating with Medway Council and a wide variety of partners to boost business growth, regeneration and international business engagement in the post-Brexit context.
In addition, she one of the Royal Society of Arts’ Diaspora Change Makers. She recently served as a non-executive director of the diplomatic consultancy Grassroots Diplomat, as well as an advisory board member of the British Awards for Africa’s Development. Aboa-Bradwell’s leadership and dedication to the promotion of human development and education through her work, writings, lectures, radio and television appearances have brought her international recognition. She received an award in 2019 from Generation Success for mentoring young people, and won the 2013 Diaspora Award for Leadership and Education. She was short-listed as Career Woman of the Year, Author of the Year and Role Model of the Year in 2013 Women for Africa Awards, and a finalist for the 2014 Achievers Awards in the category of Excellence in the Diaspora.
Aboa-Bradwell has a Master of Philosophy in Postcolonial Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Diploma in Internal Development from Birkbeck, University of London. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and several African languages. She has produced articles and comments for numerous media organisations including The Guardian, BBC, TV5 Monde, Vox Africa, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, AllAfrica.com, and Africa Briefing.
- ‘With Sovereignty Comes Responsibility’, Africa Briefing, 9 May 2017 https://africabriefing.org/2017/05/sovereignty-entails-responsibility/
- ‘Entrepreneurship, Social Engagement and African Development’ in The Economics of International Development, Institute of Economic Affairs, October 2016 https://policycap.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/The-Economics-of-International-Development.pdf
- ‘Myth-Busting: A sine qua non for Africa’s development in the 21st century’, United Nations Association UK, October 2014 https://www.policycap.org/wp-advocacy/uploads/2014/12/United-Nations-A-UK-Article-by-Sylvie-Aboa-Bradwell.pdf
- African Women’s Decade Interview, Make Every Woman Count, October 2013 http://www.makeeverywomancount.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6465:our-interview-of-the-month-with-sylvie-aboa-bradwell&catid=59:our-monthly-interview&Itemid=164
- ‘Something Truly New Out of Africa’, Huffington Post, June 2013 https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sylvie-aboabradwell/africa-something-truly-new-_b_3465139.html