Fellowship Year: 2012
Nationality: Cote d'Ivoire
Job Title: Founder & CEO
Organisation: African Luxury brand YSWARA and YSWARA Foundation.


Job Title: Founder & CEO

Organisation: African Luxury brand YSWARA and YSWARA Foundation.

Professional History: Swaady is one of Africa’s most recognized young leaders, influencers, and tastemaker. She has 20+ years of experience in Business Management & Strategy, new Business Model development Brand Building working with corporations, and various entrepreneurial ventures (family businesses, start-ups). She is a former Corporate Executive at the Fortune 500 company GE (General Electric). She is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, founder of one of Africa’s most admired brand, YSWARA African tea company.

A Consciousness activist, she founded Tounché Global Consciousness Summit & Events and LovingKindness Boma, an independent publishing house creating conscious books for children with diverse main characters.

Swaady is an alumna of the Harvard Divinity School, NYU Stern, The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), HEC Paris Business School, and HEC Lausanne. She’s an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, a certified Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher, and a certified Pranic Healer.

Swaady was profiled extensively in the media, she featured on several magazine covers, received numerous recognitions including the Forbes and Oprah Winfrey O Power lists for Africa. She is also a Board Member of the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) and a founding member of Facebook’s Group Global Initiative 'The Boost Leaders Network'.

Academic and professional credentials: Master in Economic Sciences - University of Lausanne
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - London School of Economics
NYU Stern Business School & HEC Paris



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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.