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Caroline Kouassiaman | Executive Director, Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest


Caroline Kouassiaman (she/her) is a queer, bilingual (English/French) African feminist of Ivorian and African-American heritage. She is currently based in Accra, Ghana, where she works with Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO), a West African LGBTQI activist-led organization working to build a more just and inclusive West Africa. Caroline’s work and activism have focused on bolstering and amplifying the work of women’s rights and LGBTQI-led activists, groups and organizations; supporting entrepreneurship skills development; managing research projects, and; expanding access to education. She has extensive experience in feminist and human rights centered grantmaking, including providing technical and strategic support in the development of ISDAO and as one of the founding advisors of the Queer African Youth Network (QAYN), the first queer womenled regional organization in West Africa.  She holds a Master of Public Administration degree and a Master’s in International Relations from Syracuse University (USA). Caroline sees herself as a builder, a connector and a question-asker – and is delighted to bring these perspectives and experiences to ACTIF.