Haj. Asiya Sani Suleiman

Director, Partnerships and Corporate Engagements

Asiya is a certified Public Relations and Business Development Service Provider. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) FCT Chapter. Her media and communications company – Envision Lamp – specializes in delivering innovative and engaging content across various platforms to connect and captivate audiences.


In recognition of her contributions to the development of her community, the Abuja FCT and Nigeria at large, and in acknowledgement of her sense of responsibility, she was conferred with the Traditional Title of ‘GARKUWAN MATA’ (The Shield of Women) in FCT by HRH the Ona of Abaji, Chairman Federal Capital City Council of Chiefs HRH, DR Adamu Baba Yunusa CON on the 22nd November, 2022.


Asiya completed her tertiary education at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi where having participated in campus politics as the only female senator-elect to represent the Mass Communication Department in the Student Union Government (SUG), she discovered her humanitarian tendencies. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and is currently rounding up her postgraduate program on International Relations and Diplomacy at Nile University, Abuja, Nigeria.


She kickstarted her professional career with the Nigerian Television Authority in 2008 where she did her Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) and returned in 2010 as a reporter and TV Presenter. Her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year was spent at the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism where she served as a support Public Relations Officer. In 2012, she was employed into the Nigeria Civil Service by the National Population Commission where she served as a Public Relations Officer and later moved to the Abuja Enterprise Agency which served as the perfect environment to further exercise her professional capabilities as a communications professional as well as work closely with the community due to humanitarian and community development services offered by the organization. While employed at the Abuja Enterprise Agency, she took the initiative to make a case to Management on the need for a Public Relations Unit for the Agency. It is to her credit that the Unit was subsequently inaugurated and operational to date. 


Asiya has since ventured into a lot of community service activities which include “innovation of the AEA charity outreach”, “innovation of Corporate Social Responsibilities for organizations and institutions” coupled with personal passion projects like “Paying for school fees”, “feeding the poor and vulnerable”, “Building borehole in Abaji Community”, “Sourcing for funding for orphanages and IDPs” through the world Islamic Development Bank,  the International Centre for Islamic Culture Education (ICICE), Qatar Charity Foundation to mention a few.


 As our Director, Partnerships and Corporate Engagement, Asiya provides leadership in forging mutually beneficial alliances and strengthening our corporate partnerships in furtherance of our advocacy initiatives. 



Mrs. Renée Q. Boateng 

Regional Chair – West Africa Hub

Renée is a dynamic Self Development & Empowerment Coach and an astute thought leader whose mission is simple – to bring out the inner power of women. She offers training, coaching and seminars on Personal Branding, Self Development and Confidence.

From her noteworthy corporate career with Gillette UK and Zenith Bank (Ghana) Ltd. to boldly stepping out into the world of entrepreneurship to launch one exponential endeavour after the next in fashion and beauty, she has leveraged the power of her personal brand to influence, impact and increase her access to extraordinary opportunities. Renée is so passionate about Personal Branding because she has realised that success is far too often hindered, not by a lack of potential, but by a lack of presence. 

In 2020, she was selected as 1 of the 74 people featured in the first edition of the book, Those Who Inspire Ghana. In 2021 she was selected as 1 of the 100 most impactful women in the first edition of an annual list of women contributing towards achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, by The Richer Women Inc, in collaboration with Vanguard Allure in Nigeria and this year, 2023, she was given an award for ‘Excellence in Marketing Communication for the Year 2022 (West Africa), by the Peak Performer Africa.

Her explosion of energy is a soul-stirring experience that keeps any audience engaged and focused and at the end of any time spent with her, she will empower you to own any room you enter. 

Constantly seeking ways to inspire others, and having been through a difficult time of infertility, she founded, ‘Butterflies and Pearls’, from divine inspiration; a movement that encourages and supports women waiting on the Lord, especially for the fruit of the womb. 

She has a lifestyle talk show, The RenéeQ Show, which is shown on Youtube and Praise TV in Ghana and is also an Anchor podcast. Renée is a trailblazer in every sense of the word – a rare talent of godly wisdom, relationship brilliance and unwavering optimism. 

In her role as Regional Chair – West Africa Hub, Mrs. Renée Q. Boateng provides leadership on complementing She Forum Africa’s regional advocacy efforts along the Western Africa corridor.

Hon. Nadia Ahmed Abdalla

Regional Chair – East Africa Hub

Nadia has had a distinguished and illustrious career in both public and entrepreneurial service. 

With over 2 years of experience with the National Government of Kenya as the Youngest Chief Administrative Secretary (Deputy Minister) in the Ministry of ICT, Innovation & Youth Affairs, a solid academic background with her Bachelors in Public Relations and Mass Communications with a minor in Journalism, as well as a Master in Arts in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, Nadia exhibits excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. She has vast hands-on experience in public policy formulation, program management and digital transformation. 

An exceptionally industrious and resourceful Policy and Communication specialist with a knack for results and quality outputs, Nadia is an avid champion of Children, Teenage Girls, Youth and Young Women as well as diversity and inclusion rights in Kenya and Africa as a whole.

Founder of Africa.Ni.Mimi, Nadia is an author, a Pan-Africanist, digital transformation champion, mental health advocate, a global inspirational speaker and a mentor to many. She is widely respected for her vast experience in Millennial and GenZ leadership. 


In her role as Regional Chair – East Africa Hub, Hon. Nadia Ahmed Abdalla provides leadership on complementing She Forum Africa’s regional advocacy efforts along the Eastern Africa corridor.

Dr. Sindy Zemura-Bernard 

Regional Chair – Southern Africa Hub

A seasoned leader, with over two decades of combined experience in international development and finance sectors in Africa, Europe, USA and Canada, Sindy is a specialized executive and consultant on gender equality, education, youth empowerment, ending gender-based violence, and poverty alleviation. She holds Undergraduate degrees in Business Studies, Social Work, Public Governance and Administration and master’s degrees in international relations and public Administration.

Founding CEO of the Southern Africa Embrace Foundation (SAE Fdn), an international development charitable organization which holds the UN-ECOSOC Special Consultative Status Accreditation and with operational impact in 7 countries in Africa; namely Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe and recently expanding to Ghana and Nigeria.

In 2022, Sindy led her organization to launch the Women Lead Forum (WLF) in Dar Es Salaam. It is a continental wide movement that has a focus on creating an intergenerational network of women and youth leaders for empowerment and mentorship. 

Sindy also served at the Inaugural African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (AU-OYE), as Consult – Special Advisor and Team Lead – Intergenerational Dialogues between 2019-2021. She pioneered and developed the African Union Intergenerational Dialogues brochure and Toolkit which was adopted by the AU-OYE as a guiding handbook on youth leadership and inclusion in Africa.

Her voluntary work and membership is expansional, serving in several boards and networks such as UN Women / AU (African Women Leaders Network), STOP TB Partnership, UNMGCY (United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth), Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWach), Ntethelo Foundation, The Boardroom Africa, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), IAS (International ADIS Society), Global AIDS Alliance, NGO CSW NY, EWEC (Every Woman, Every Child), VOW (Canadian Voice of Women for Peace), WIIS (Women in International Peace and Security) to name a few.

Amongst many of her recognitions, Sindy was nominated to represent Canada at the 2020 and 2021 UN-CSW conferences, she’s a 2017 humanitarian nominee with MIPAD’s (Most Influential People of African Descent) 100 under 40 Influencers, Canada’s top 40 Immigrants 2018, Top 100 Canadian Black women leaders 2018, Recognized by Prince Harry in 2018 for advancing HIV Awareness and youth empowerment in Africa, 2019 North America Business award winner at the Africa Powerful Partnership Awards at CSW-UN, 2019 – Top 100 ‘The Young Independents – Africans influencing policy, brands and people, 2022 Gender Mainstreaming Finalist at the Accenture Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is an award honouree as one of the ‘100 Women to Know in America’ by JP Morgan Chase, recognizing her global humanitarian and advocacy work and most recently, the 2023 Philanthropy Award winner at the Prestigious Toronto Waterfront Awards in Canada.

In her role as Regional Chair – Southern Africa Hub, Dr. Sindy Zemura-Bernard provides leadership on complementing She Forum Africa’s regional advocacy efforts along the Southern Africa corridor.


Dr. Mercy O. Umeri

Chair – Diaspora Hub

Dr. Mercy Umeri offers a unique blend of teaching, administrative, leadership, and HR experience in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors with over twenty years’ global experience combined. She started her own management and development consulting firm and became deeply involved in building capacity for governments and organizations. She has organized educational and training workshops in personnel and workforce development, thereby offering performance improvement to government agencies, private institutions, and non-profit agencies within and outside Africa. Dr. Umeri is very passionate about people, education, social equity, workforce development, social and mental health issues and is a strong advocate for girls and women. 

Dr. Umeri has a background in education, public policy, and human resources. She has a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Wichita State University, Kansas, in the United States of America. A master’s degree (MPA) in public administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, (WSU) Kansas as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nigeria (UNN). These educational trainings have impacted Dr. Umeri’s life’s work which has always been from a place of advocacy for better learning systems and outcomes, girls and women’s rights, access to quality education for minoritized populations, and sustainable workforce development programs.

Since moving to the United States, Dr. Umeri has worked in the Career Development Office of Wichita State University and as a Program Analyst with the City of Wichita Housing and Community Services Department. In her current position in the Hugo Wall School, she is an Assistant Teaching Professor, the MiniMPA Coordinator, and handles recruitment/professional development for the school. In addition, Dr. Umeri has taught human resources in public and non-profit organizations at the graduate level, and introduction to public administration at the undergraduate level. She assists in building and delivering online course content, engages in recruitment activities, conducts research, provides online support to professors and graduate students.

Dr. Umeri is a Society for Human Resource Management- Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), a certified trainer with the Center for Management Development (CMD), Nigeria. Certified in mediation and restorative justice with Mediation without Borders, USA, and Mental Health First Aid with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, USA. She also belongs to the following professional bodies in the US: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA), International City/County Management Association and (ICMA) and American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. Umeri serves on the following boards and committees: Section of Women in Public Administration, (SWPA), Secretary to the Board at the Section on Public Administration Education, (SPAE), Kansas Nonprofit Chamber and the Scholarship & Student Aid Committee, Wichita State University.

Dr. Umeri is a Keynote and TEDx speaker and has presented papers and talks at such places as, the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), Los Angeles, CA, Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) Topeka, KS, Zibah Leadership Women’s Initiative, Nigeria, She Forum Africa, Wichita State University Foundation, Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects Symposium (GRASP), American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA), International Conference on Public Design, Miami, KNOSK School, Nigeria, Boys and Girls Club of South-Central Kansas, and the Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) at Kansas City, MO.

In her role as our Chair – Diaspora Hub, Dr. Mercy O. Umeri provides leadership on complementing She Forum Africa’s advocacy efforts for our Diaspora Community.

Doris Uwaleme

Curator, Youth Space Africa

Doris Uwaleme serves as Curator, Youth Space Africa, the youth engagement community of She Forum Africa created to support youth co-leadership grooming,  SDGs partnerships and intergenerational mentorship.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Anambra State University, Awka, Nigeria and currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Doris is passionate about youth involvement in the development sector. She has demonstrated this passion over the years working and volunteering as an advocate for youth and women empowerment and has participated in several projects in this capacity. She is skilled in project coordination and management.

When Doris is not engaging the youth she leverages her coordination skills to work as an event consultant. Doris is inspired daily by her compassion for humanity and interest in human development. She believes that human capacity building is key to community development.

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