Aida Bakri, of Ethiopian and Swiss origin, is a global citizen and social entrepreneur ardently working for better regulation. In her philosophy: rules matter and she connects change-makers with policy decision makers. Co-Founder and Chair of the Advisory Council of the LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub, which was launched in October 2018, LadyAgri provides access to finance, facilitates B2B partnerships, and provides technical assistance to women agri-entrepreneurs in Africa. With vast experience as a Founder and Managing Director of a prominent Brussels-based consultancy, ADS Insight, she has a strong sense of leadership and management in the field of international and European affairs for over 20 years. Her expertise is in public affairs, corporate social responsibility, international relations and European Union policy and funding instruments.
In the area of food safety, agri-supply chains and nutrition, she has supported African Union Commission programmes notably in their efforts to address the contamination of food by aflatoxin through the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) and has raised awareness for the challenge in Europe. In Europe, she sits on the expert working group of the Horizon Europe Food 2030 and Food Systems Africa pathway, and is an adviser to the European Commission on setting investment priorities in other funding instruments, as well. She is passionate about the complex debate around social investment – particularly in the area of agri-business and women, and the methodologies that serve to calculate impact. In May 2019 she delivered a TEDxULB talk on Empowering Women and Youth to Embrace Social Entrepreneurship.
Aida is a 2019-2020 mentee of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, a global movement investing in women leaders. She has lived in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Switzerland, and currently resides in Belgium. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Science and speaks five languages.