Board Member Accomplishments

Board Members

We are proud that our board members are accomplishing great things. Their individual and collective successes enrich our organization. Here are a few of our favorite things.


Board Member Lola Akinimade Åkerström

Board Member Lyota Swainson

Core Radiance Beauty

Lyota and her partner and long time friend launched a holistic hair care line. Core Radiance holistic hair care products works synergistically with each other to promote an optimum environment for your scalp and hair to thrive. Each product is designed to work hand in hand with the others to address your specific hair needs. Your stylist will prescribe a customised regimen for you. Be sure to consult with your hair care professional to achieve the greatest results with the Core Radiance family of products.

Uniquely formulated of organic content from all over the world!

Our restorative formula provides each person the opportunity to achieve the healthiest and most manageable hair and scalp because of our therapeutic blend.

Board Member Adrianne George

AWC Stockholm

Adrianne was elected President of the American Women’s Club in Stockholm for the 2018-2019 Club season. The American Women’s Club is a nonprofit organization that strives to support women within Stockholm. With the dedication of some outstanding volunteers, the AWC organizes events to help expats adjust to Swedish culture and build lasting friendships. The American Women’s Club in Stockholm brings together women of all walks of life through the core bond of strong ties to the States. Monthly events are organized throughout September- May to learn, laugh, and grow with each other.

Board Member Irene Opira

Ms Opira made a contribution to the Swedish Women’s Encyclopedia on Kalomira Kakossaios.

Kalomira (MiraKakossaios
1917-12-15 — 1990-11-24
Skolkonsulent, medborgarrättskämpe

Mira Kakossaios var en betydande förkämpe för invandrarkvinnors rätt till utbildning, arbete och en plats i det svenska samhället. Hon grundade organisationerna Internationella föreningen för invandrarkvinnor och Riksförbundet internationella föreningar för invandrarkvinnor.

Mira Kakossaios föddes på ön Poros utanför Peloponnesos i Grekland 1917. Hon var äldsta dottern till sjökapten Stamatis Dousinas och hans hustru Elene. Modern var lärare vilket var någonting mycket ovanligt på den tiden. Det fanns välstånd och en anda av solidaritet i föräldrahemmet, vilken kom att prägla barnens uppfostran. Modern blev en förebild för Mira Kakossaios genom sitt yrkesval och sociala engagemang. Under Mira Kakossaios barndom var tuberkulos en folksjukdom som härjade i regionen och drabbade främst de fattiga. Varje lördag hjälpte hon och systern sin mor med utdelning av mat och medicin till sjuka och fattiga. Föräldrarna uppmuntrade tidigt barnen att utbilda sig och som tonåring fick Mira Kakossaios möjlighet att gå i den bästa skolan i Aten, där hon så småningom utbildade sig till lärare mellan åren 1932–1937.

Click here for the full entry on Kakossaios.

Founding Board Member Lesley-Ann Brown

Lesley-Ann Brown

Our board member Lesley-Ann Brown will have a new book published next year. Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to Her European Son will be available in paperback on –15 May 2018.

A Trinidadian-American writer and activist explores motherhood, migration, identity, nationhood and how it relates to land, imprisonment, and genocide for Black and Indigenous peoples.

Having moved to Copenhagen, Denmark from Brooklyn over 18 years ago, Brown attempts to contextualise her and her son’s existence in a post-colonial and supposedly post-racial world where the very machine of so-called progress has been premised upon the demise of her lineage. Through these letters, Brown writes the past into the present – penned from the country that has been declared “The Happiest Place in the World” – creating a vision that is a necessary alternative to the dystopian one currently being bought and sold.

Pre-order now in Europe or the US.


Board Member Adrianne George

Investing in our future

Google Developer Challenge Scholarship
You have been accepted into the Google Developer Challenge Scholarship

I am very pleased to have received this news! In my application I stated that I want to learn how to ensure that I can fulfil one mission of our organization:

To provide alternative platforms to mainstream media to showcase and promote positive images and news stories about black women in Europe. The platforms will include a multi-award winning blog and social media.

Congratulations! #GoogleUdacityScholars

We are excited to offer you a Google Developer Challenge Scholarship
to the Front-End Web Developer track. We received applications from many talented and motivated candidates, and yours truly stood out.

Class begins November 6, 2017. As a scholarship student, you will be automatically enrolled into the program. We’ll be sending you an email on the first day of class, November 6th, 2017, with instructions to get started.

Chaitra, on behalf of the Udacity and Google Scholarship Team.


Board Member Irene Opira

Our Board Member Irene Opira’s organization organized an evening in Stockholm with Nobel Prize Winner Nandi Flames. Presented by Maisha Cultural Association.

Board Members NANDI FLAME

Welcome to an evening inspired by Wangari Maathai, environmental activist and founder of the Green Belt Movement, also the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. If the trees – Nandi Flames could speak, then they would sing about Wangari Maathai and tell you this evening about the global climate and the situation in Africa. A performance of dance, music, and ghosts will be to and fro about the climate.

Extreme weather and natural disasters around the world make us unable to shut up for climate change. But much can be prevented and prevented.

Come and listen to Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador who tells you about
their amazing work in East Africa. On stage, dancers meet and have a dance show! The Troubadour Tauna Niingungo plays on several instruments, including a rainstorm.

Board Member Lola Akinimade

Our board member Lola Akinmade Åkerström has published a new book, Lagom: The Swedish Secret of Living Well.

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Books We’re Loving this Month: August

The hardcover version, released this month, was chosen by the famous British bookseller WH Smith for inclusion on their reading list for August:

We love nothing more than discovering new books, and even better, having a good chat about them afterwards with fellow bookworms. And so whether you’re devoted to Richard and Judy’s recommendations, searching for some Fresh Talent to read before all your friends, or simply looking for something new to get lost in on a Sunday afternoon, take a look at the books that we can’t stop talking about this month and let us know what you think!

We couldn’t be more proud!

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Board Member Jonas Lind

Our board member Jonas Lind was part of the team at the Development Concepts Doctrine Centre at the UK Defence Academy that produced several documents including Understand to Prevent. Understand to Prevent (U2P) is a multinational project to determine the contribution defence forces can make to the prevention of violent conflict.

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