Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specialising in international social development with a particular emphasis on children’s rights and protection issues. She is currently the interim CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund.
Born in Ghana, she has lived and worked in many countries in Africa, as well as the UK, Europe and the USA. Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international women and children’s rights activists and leaders, and policy development and advocacy with a variety of international agencies and organizations.
Sowa is a board member of various national and international civil society organizations and grantmaking foundations, including being a trustee of Comic Relief and chair of Comic Relief’s International Grants Committee, a member of the African Advisory Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a member of the British Refugee Council’s Leadership Board, a patron of Evidence for Development; and a board member of the Graça Machel Trust. Theo holds a public appointment as a board member of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. She was awarded a CBE in June 2010.