Marie Leopoldine Tossou

2017 Fellow from Cote d'Ivoire

Marie-Leopoldine Tossou has over four years of experience in the community development sector, specially focusing on youth leadership and women's empowerment. Currently, she serves as Founder and Executive Director for the Smart African Women Leaders Platform (SAWLP) , where she designs, directs, and executes programs to provide a favorable environment that enables girls and women to explore and develop their leadership and be empowered. She served as Project and Communication Manager Assistant in the Foundation Life Builders and as an Accountant in Aiesec. She holds a bachelor's in Business Management from Graduate School of Management in Abidjan, and has skills in business management, project management, financial management, and communication.Upon the completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Marie-Leopoldine plans to implement the 'ICT 4 HER' project, which aims at providing ICT skills to disabled women to enhance their competitiveness and preparedness to seize economic opportunities. She also intends to run a nonprofit incubator center to further their skills in civic engagement to more efficiently and effectively run their organizations and have a huge impact on Africa.

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