Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell – Sylvie, the founder and CEO of Medzan Training, is a highly experienced leadership trainer and educator. She is also the founder and director of the Policy Centre for African Peoples, an educational charity. Her work promoting education and leadership development in Britain, Spain, Africa and elsewhere for over 15 years, has brought her international recognition.
Sylvie won the 2013 Diaspora Award for Leadership and Education, and was short-listed as Career Woman of the Year, Author of the Year and Role Model of the Year in 2013 Women for Africa Awards, and a finalist for the 2014 Achievers Awards in the category of Excellence in the Diaspora. She is a leadership mentor for the TuWezeshe Fellowships, and recently served as a non-executive director of the diplomatic consultancy Grassroots Diplomat; advisory board member of the British Awards for Africa’s Development, and board member of the African Democratic Institute.
Sylvie, who has a Master of Philosophy from the Complutense University of Madrid, is fluent in English, French, Spanish and several African languages. She has produced articles and comments for numerous media including The Guardian, BBC, TV5 Monde, Africa Briefing, Vox Africa, The Times, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, AllAfrica.com, and Arise News.
Martin Armitage-Smith – Martin is a collaborator of Medzan Training. He is a graduate from Cambridge University who has worked for 25 years in finance, most recently in African Frontier Markets.
During his career, Martin has progressively explored connections between markets and other disciplines, such as psychology, ecology, systems theory and consciousness, which has led him to study for an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychology. He is Co-Founder of Motherland Entertainment, a talent agency managing African artists, including Youssou N’Dour of Senegal. He is also the founder of Cedar Tree Coaching, and is involved in the financing and emergence of revolutionary green energy technology.