Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi was appointed as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the African Leadership Centre in the School of Global Affairs, King’s College London in 2017.
She is a feminist thinker and activist, writer, social entrepreneur, policy advocate and social sector expert. She is currently Principal Partner at Amandla Consulting, specialising in leadership development for women. She also runs an online community, Abovewhispers.com, in addition to her role as a UN Women Nigeria Senior Consultant.
Bisi served as the Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in London, UK from 1991-2001, where she established the African Women’s Leadership Institute that has trained over 6,000 African women leaders. She subsequently co-founded the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) – the first Africa-wide grant-making foundation for women, serving as its first Executive Director from 2001-2010.
She has designed and implemented policy, advocacy, grassroots empowerment and social inclusion programs across many African countries. She has also led campaigns to successfully pass legislation to promote and protect women’s rights.
Bisi is the author of 'Speaking for Myself: Perspectives on Social, Political and Feminist Activism in Africa' (2013), the autobiography 'Speaking above a Whisper' (2013) and 'Loud Whispers' (2017). She is also co-editor (with Jessica Horn) of 'Voice, Power and Soul' (2008), a compilation of images and stories of African feminists.