Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell is the Founder and Executive Director of the think tank African Peoples Advocacy (APA). APA is a platform for the engagement and education of African communities and key stakeholders. Sylvie has an MPhil in Post-Colonial Studies and an MA in English from the Complutense University of Madrid. Before founding APA in 2008, she served as UK Co-ordinator of the Centre for Democracy and Development, a non-governmental organisation that promotes sustainable development and democracy in Africa. Sylvie also worked for several organisations catering to African communities in Spain first and, subsequently, in the UK. She is a Board Member of the Association for African Owned Enterprises.
In addition, Sylvie writes fiction and non-fiction under the pseudonyms Susan Akono and Chantal Aboa. Her book, Cuentos africanos, was the first collection of stories by an African writer released by the Spanish publishers Laberinto in 2007. Her short story, ‘Letter to Clara’ was included in the anthology African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices published by the University of Wisconsin in 2010. Her latest creative writing projects include an historical African fiction series dubbed the “African Dr Who”, whose first book, Bala in the Mali Kingdom, was published in October 2012. She was short-listed as ‘Author of the Year’, ‘Career Woman of the Year’ and ‘Role Model of the Year’ for the 2013 Women for Africa Awards, and won the African Diaspora’s 2013 Community Hero Award. Through her work, writings, lectures, television and radio interventions, Sylvie has long been a strong advocate of development, education, human rights and good governance in Africa, the UK, and elsewhere in the world.