The Executive Board of the AWDF is governed by a diverse group of African women from different countries, backgrounds, and experiences. Learn more about them.
Hilda M. Tadria
Dr. Tadria is one of the AWDF’s founding members. She is an experienced researcher and consultant with a background in institutional management and social development research.
While lecturing as an Associate Professor at Makerere University, she founded Action for Development, an NGO working to empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda. She also founded the Mentoring and Empowerment Programme for young Women (MEMPROW), a programme for developing young women’s leadership and promoting their rights within learning institutions in Uganda.
Her leadership established AWDF as a leading institution in the area of social change philanthropy in Africa, and as one of the most effective feminist philanthropic institutions globally. She is also one of the founders of the African Feminist Forum and served on the AFF Working Group from 2006-2016.She is the recipient of the 2011 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of philanthropy, given by the Synergos Institute, New York. In June 2011, the New African Magazine named Bisi as one of the 100 Most Influential People of Africa.
Taaka has a Bachelors in Degree in Political Science from Harvard University, Boston MA, and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Columbia University, NY, New York. She also has a Certificate in Organisational Development from the Organisation Development Centre & the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, United States and an Advanced Certificate in Coaching from the International Coaching Academy, Melbourne, Australia. Taaka is a member of the International Coaching Federation.
Taaka sits on the Board of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and the Board of The West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI).
Arielle Enninful is the Chief Operations Officer of General Trust Company Limited (GENTRUST). Prior to joining GENTRUST, she worked with Ecobank Ghana Limited (Ecobank). She has over twelve years of work experience in the financial services industry.
Mrs. Enninful has held several leadership roles in her career. She set an industry standard by brokering the first finance lease deal by a local bank, for 100 taxis in partnership with an insurance company and an automobile dealership. During this period she was elected the first female Vice President for Ghana Association of Leasing Companies (GALCO). Mrs. Enninful also spent time at US Bank Nebraska prior to joining Ecobank.
Mrs. Enninful holds a Masters in Business Administration from Bellevue University, Nebraska, USA, a Bachelor Degree in English with Linguistics from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Diploma in Public Relations from the London School of Public Relations. She is married with two sons.
Chair of the Board
Prior to joining International Alert in 1995, Ndeye Sow was the Executive Secretary of the Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD). She is a founding member of Abantu for Development, a non-governmental organization that strengthens the capacity of African women and enhance their representation at all levels of developmental processes. She is also a member of the African Feminist Forum.
Agnes Utunga Phiri
Agnes Utunga Phiri is the Business Development Manager at Malek Group of Companies (MGC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to joining MGC Agnes worked with Afroes Transformational, a digital gamification and technology company that develops and distributes uniquely African mobile games-based applications.
Before venturing into Private Sector, Agnes had a long term career with UNDP as a Communications Specialist spanning over 20 years. She has undertaken consultancy work with UN Women, UNFPA and ILO Southern Africa on issues of Gender, Girl Child Empowerment and promotion of Maternity Protection for Informal Workers. She was also part of the UN Observer Mission to the first South Africa Democratic Elections in 1994.
Agnes has coordinated, co-edited and produced a number of publications: Opportunities and Challenges of using ICT for improved public sector performance (Case Studies Malawi, Zambia and Lesotho); Best Practice Documentation on Providing Integrated Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV Services for Swaziland Family Life Association Swaziland; Guide/Manual on Providing and Implementing Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV Services; and UNDP Capacity Utilization of National Volunteers for Mitigating HIV/AIDS in Zambia; Africa Women Leadership (Gender Culture and Development); UNW Africa UNiTE – From Regional Campaign to a Vibrant Movement to End Violence against Women and Girls.
Agnes is a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentee Alumni.