Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

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Visiting Fellow

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn-in as Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone in May 2018, with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to address challenges in the city. A finance professional with over 25 years of private sector experience in strategic planning, risk management consulting and project management, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s public sector engagement began with her work during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic and her subsequent role as Delivery Team Lead for the second phase of a multi-stakeholder program to drive socio-economic recovery in Sierra Leone post Ebola. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr is a Chartered Accountant and holds an M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and a B.Sc. Hons in Economics from Fourah Bay College. She was recently recognized in the BBC’s 2020 100 Women List.

Expertise: Climate Change, Democracy, Populism, & Domestic Politics, Demographic Change, Development, Diplomacy, Global Governance, Gender Equality, Sustainability, Urbanization, Africa

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