Scaling Systems Change 
Local Leadership for Global Transformation

Tuesday, September 29
8AM PTD / 11 AM ETD / 3 PM GMT


Tostan CEO Elena Bonometti hosts an interactive conversation with Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr Obe of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Her 3-year #TransformFreetown plan details 19 concrete targets across 11 sectors and covers issues ranging from tackling environmental degradation to facilitating the creation of jobs in the tourism sector. We will discuss local government systems change, COVID response, and address audience questions.


Elena Bonometti is CEO of Tostan, an Africa-based organization working directly with rural communities leading their own development across five West African countries. Her background is in the field-based management of development programs, specifically focusing on community health and economic empowerment.

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn in as Mayor of Freetown in May 2018 with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to address challenges in the city. A finance professional with over 25 years of private sector experience Mayor Aki-Sawyerr’s public sector engagement began with her work as the Director of Planning at the National Ebola Response Centre during the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015.




Tostan is proud to partner with Catalyst 2030, a global movement of social change innovators. You can download Embracing Complexity, a new report about how to fund systems change.