Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell – Sylvie, the founder and CEO of Medzan Training, is an award-winning think tank founder and director, writer, international speaker, and entrepreneur. Her work promoting education, human development and rights 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. Sylvie is a non-executive director of the diplomatic consultancy Grassroots Diplomat, an adviser to African Union Watch, and one of the Royal Society of Arts’ Diaspora Change Makers. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and several African languages, and has produced articles and comments for numerous media including The Guardian, BBC, Vox Africa, the Times, The Huffington Post, TeamPlayer 360, the Sunday Times, AllAfrica.com, and Arise News.
Martin Armitage-Smith – Martin is Co-Director 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.