Dr h.c. Hafsat Abiola-Costello

Executive President of Women in Africa Initiative (WIA) 

Hafsat Abiola-Costello is a human and civil rights campaigner and was appointed June 5, 2018 as the Executive President of Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative. The global platform is dedicated to the economic development and support of leading and high potential African women. She is the Founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) which seeks to strengthen civil society and promote democracy in Nigeria. In 2008 she founded China Africa Bridge (CAB), an organisation that seeks to ensure that growing Sino-African ties benefit both sides. Ms Abiola-Costello received the Youth Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission in 1997, the State of the World Forum’s Change Maker Award in 1998, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Leader of Tomorrow Award 2000.