The Executive Board of the African Women’s Development Fund is pleased to announce that Theo Sowa has agreed to be confirmed in post as AWDF’s CEO.
AWDF’s Board Chair and Co-Founder Dr Hilda Tadria says, “ As many of you know, AWDF’s visionary Executive Director and Co-Founder, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, having led AWDF since inception, stepped down at the end of 2010, following her husband’s election as Governor of Ekiti State, Nigeria. Theo was approached to step in as Interim CEO, to provide a safe pair of hands for the organisation while the Board found the new substantive CEO. Theo did a sterling job of handling the transition for AWDF and her quiet, inclusive, yet firm leadership meant that many stakeholders did not even notice the transition taking place. Having started the Executive search, it became clear very quickly to the Board that the best person for the post was Theo and that confirming her in post would allow also for consistency, continuity and the grounding of some of the adapted systems she has introduced. I am sure you will join with the Board and staff of AWDF in our pleasure at this development.”