The Fourth Annual Forum for Strategic Impact Program for African Women Leaders Begins at Yale University

Event organized by the Women for Africa Foundation in collaboration with Yale University with backing from Banco Santander via Santander Universidades.

​The fourth “Forum for Strategic Impact” has begun. It is organized by the Women for Africa Foundation in collaboration with Yale University with backing from Banco Santander via Santander Universidades.

Tomorrow, Yale University will be hosting the fourth of these seminars, with thirteen outstanding leaders from eight African countries taking part this time: Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, the Minister for Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, from Botswana; Rasmata Compaore, the mayor of district 12 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Edith “Kah” Walla, President of the Cameroon People’s Party; Elizabeth Kade, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, from Chad; Maya Morsy, President of Egypt’s National Council for Women; Mariam Jack Denton, Speaker of Gambia’s National Assembly; Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister for Gender in Ghana; Nanfadima Magassouba, a former minister and Member of Parliament, Makale Traoré, a former minister and President of REFAMP, from Guinea-Conakry; Oumou Sall Seck, the Mayor of Goundam in Mali; Asmâa Morine Azzouzi, the president of AFEM, from Morocco; Valentine Rugwabiza, Ambassador to the UN for Ruanda; and Hibaaq Osman, the president of Al Karama, from Somalia.

The forum not only enables African women to strengthen — and share — their understanding of the challenges facing their societies, but also helps them develop the tools, networks, and policies to address them. The Leadership Forum for Strategic Impact empowers women to contribute to their full potential for the betterment of their societies. We are grateful to the Women for Africa Foundation and Banco Santander for their support of this important initiative.

Emma Sky, Forum Program Director

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, the president of the Women for Africa Foundation and former Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, will also be taking part in the seminar in the opening session.

The forum will be held for the first time under the management of Emma Sky, who is also the Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows program.

As in previous years, the forum will take place in two stages. The first will be held entirely at Yale, where over five days a team of lecturers from the university will give an intensive course of sessions on globalization, governance, global health, social activism, leadership & strategy, peace & security, and of course gender.

After this agenda, the participants will travel to Washington, where they will meet with significant individuals from the public sphere in the United States and internationally.

This initiative by the Women for Africa Foundation and Yale University has the backing of Santander Bank within the context of the collaboration that the bank has maintained with both institutions for several years through Santander Universidades.

Santander Bank is the company that invests most in supporting education in the world (Varkey/UNESCO-Fortune 500 Report), via Santander Universidades. It has 1,200 agreements for collaboration with universities and academic institutions around the world. More information:

Source: Santander Bank


Categories: World Government

Tags: Africa, Banco Santander, Leadership, Leadership for Strategic Impact, Women for Africa Foundation, Women Leaders, Yale University