Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr is the Mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone. She is a finance professional with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, risk management, and project management in the public and private sectors.
She has held senior management roles providing risk management, regulatory and corporate governance consulting services to blue-chip clients in the UK financial services industry. She was the Investment Director of IDEA, owners, and developers of the Hilton Freetown Cape Sierra Hotel.
In 1999, she co-founded the Sierra Leone War Trust (SLWT) which continues to support disadvantaged children and young people in Sierra Leone. She remains actively involved with SLWT and is a member of the Board of Trustees.
Aki-Sawyerr served as the Delivery Team Lead for the President’s Recovery Priorities – the second phase of a multi-stakeholder program to drive sustainable socio-economic recovery in Sierra Leone post-Ebola. She led the design and implementation of an innovative approach to public service delivery that facilitated, coordinated and supported the activities of eleven Ministries, Departments and Agencies in seven priority sectors to achieve specific targets over 15 months.
Yvonne is passionate about the development of Sierra Leone. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MSc in Politics of the World Economy (London School of Economics) and a BSc Hons in Economics (Fourah Bay College).
She was listed in the second publication of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 by Avance Media.