Abigail Burgesson is an international development practitioner, feminist and women’s rights activists with 21 years of experience in the Non-profit sector in Ghana and internationally. She is a member of the Senior Management Team at African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and serves as Special Programs Manager responsible for fundraising, partnership and outreach. Prior to joining AWDF, Abigail worked extensively in Democratic Governance and Human Rights. Abigail’s expertise cuts across a range of issues including women’s rights and leadership, women’s economic security, health and reproductive rights, education, social change and philanthropy. She uses this vast and diverse background as a resource person, trainer, facilitator, moderator, mentor and motivational speaker. In recognition of her contributions to women’s rights, Abigail received an award for Feminist Leadership in Africa from Akina Mama Wa Africa (AMWA) Leadership Institute in 2008. In line with her passion for women’s rights, she volunteers her experience in support of women’s right, currently serving on the Council of Advisors for Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Boston, USA. Additionally, she is a board member with Women’s Funding Network (WFN), and previously served on the board of Prospera— an International Network of Women’s Funds in Mexico. In May 2015, Abigail was nominated by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to represent Civil Society Organizations in Ghana at the 15th African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) Africa Trade and Economic Forum. Abigail graduated from the University of Ghana with a BA in English, and obtained an MA in International Relations from Boston University’s European Program in the UK. She has also received training in relevant courses, including a program in International Negotiations from the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland.