Maame Afon Yelbert-Sai
Maame Afon is many things so she simply identifies herself as a “Whole Woman” which means she brings all of who she is to everything she does. Born and raised in Ghana, Maame is passionate about transformative leadership, support, and mentorship for women and girls in Africa and the Diaspora. She holds an M.A. in international policy studies, gender and development and a B.A. in French and Spanish. Maame describes her calling this way “to support and inspire leaders, especially African women and girls, to enjoy a wholesome leadership journey,” and lives by the motto: “Do good, but first do no harm.” She believes that when we bring all of who we are to everything we do everyone benefits.
Named a 2016 Cordes Fellow, she participated as a Delegate at Opportunity Collaboration (OC) and returned as a Moderator for the Colloquium for Good at the 2017 OC. In early 2017, she was selected as a Hive Global Leader. Maame uses her experience in grant-making, philanthropy, women’s rights, leadership, and development to support social justice efforts. She served as Program Officer for Africa at the Global Fund for Women, and later as Africa Program Director at Women’s Earth Alliance via Earth Island Institute. Maame mentors emerging leaders, particularly Mastercard Foundation Scholars and Moremi Initiative Fellows. She serves on the board of We Care Solar, African Women’s Development Fund-USA, Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, and Cocoa360, while providing strategic advice to organizations including African Youth in Philanthropy Network, Global Women’s Leadership Network, and Girls Empowerment Sierra Leone (GESL). In 2015, she was named among 18 Phenomenal African Feminist to Know and Celebrate by “For Harriet” and featured in AfroElle Magazine. An activist and recording artiste, she uses her music and speaking engagements to promote social justice and Philanthropy. Maame enjoys a fulfilling relationship as a wife and mother of three young children, including twin girls. She serves as Director for Programs and Partnerships at Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa.