Judge-Naasu Genevieve Fofanah

Naasu Genevieve Fofanah is an entrepreneur, author, and public administrator with extensive gender and global public policy experience. An award-winning women and girls rights activist, she has championed controversial issues globally. 

She launched Susue Women’s Finance during the COVID-19 pandemic to influence government policy on women’s business and access to finance. Susue Women’s Finance and Sierra Leone Commercial Bank formed the Women’s Bank Initiative to offer savings and loans at single-digit interest rates.

The Bank of Sierra Leone Financial Literacy Working Group elected Ms. Fofanah Co-Chair in 2022.

Naasu was Sierra Leone’s first Special Gender Adviser to erstwhile President Ernest Bai Koroma. She initiated and spearheaded gender equality and women’s (GEWE) as a priority in the National Strategy Document—Agenda for Prosperity (2013–2018). GEWE was then expanded into a separate policy and recently became landmark legislation (the GEWE Act 2022), signed by President Julius Maada Bio.

Naasu became the first Sierra Leonean and Vice Chairperson to represent West Africa at UNECA’s Women and Development Bureau. During her tenure, she provided technical support for the Common African Position Post-2015 Development Agenda. 

Naasu is a Yale World Fellow (2023) and Guest Fellow Timothy Dwight College, Yale University.

She holds an EMPA from New York University/University College London (Pentland Scholar 2018), an MA from the Institute of Education at UCL, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Westminster.