We express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Campaign Committee members – passionate and volunteer leaders, champions and changemakers who are coming together to support our global campaign.



Denise Epoté


Chair of the Campaign Committee and a leading figure of French and African television,Denise was the first journalist to present the news in French on national Cameroon public television. Currently, she is still a journalist and the host of a TV show and Head of Africa Department at TV5 Monde, a renowned French television network.

Aïcha Bah Diallo


International President of Aide et Action and Co-Chair of the Campaign, Aïcha is a renowned women’s rights activist and champion of girls’ education. She served as Minister of Education of Guinea from 1989 to 1996, and was responsible for implementing major reforms improving education among young girls. For almost a decade, she served as a senior education leader at UNESCO and from 2005 to 2009, she served as Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO for Africa.


Carole Da Silva


Passionate about women’s empowerment, Carole is the Host and Producer of “Femme&Pouvoir” (“Woman&Power”), a documentary series promoting multicultural diversity and female leadership to create a fair and a more inclusive society.

Carole Gaillard


After having been a teacher for many years, Carole decided to become an entrepreneur and create “Chais Elles”, an events and communication agency that focuses on female winegrowers who represent a world where values and knowledge transmission plays an essential role.

François Thiellet


A changemaker and entrepreneur, François, together with Edouard De Broglie and Aide et Action, initiated the project “A light for Africa”, which focuses on bringing electricity to schools in Africa. He is also the founder of “THEMA”, a company specializing in distribution of thematic TV channels on Pay TV platforms.

Marie-Aline Vadius


Marie-Aline is a principal of an autism-specialised school in Montreal. She is very involved in her community. Her professional journey and numerous commitments are dedicated to social cohesion to build a more inclusive society by improving intercultural relations and promoting diversity.

Stephenie Foster


Stephenie is a recognized voice in women’s leadership and empowerment, with a career spanning government, the nonprofit sector, and law. She is a founding partner at Smash Strategies, which counsels corporations, institutions, and philanthropists to ensure that their investments in women and girls are effective and transformational.

Edouard De Broglie


A changemaker, entrepreneur and business angel, Edouard specialises in social innovation and inclusive management. Creator of the project “A light for Africa”, Edouard, in partnership with Aide et Action, helped bring electricity to schools in Africa. This project has grown across Africa and is currently deployed by Aide et Action in cooperation with the French Development Agency (AFD). As the Founder and President of Ethik Investment Group, Edouard promotes solutions to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace.

Carole Mbazomo

France, Switzerland

Carole is the Arts Director of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations where she is co-developing, leading and driving cutting-edge programs that foster inclusion in the arts sector in Africa, America and Europe. She’s also the General Secretary of the African Business Club and an Aspen Institute European Young Leader.

Joëlle Pacteau


Joëlle est Directrice du marché francophone en Europe au sein du Groupe Lombard Odier, un groupe bancaire suisse basé à Genève, nommé meilleure banque d’Europe occidentale pour la gestion des fortunes en 2017 par Euromoney.

Sanjeev Kotnala


Sanjeev est membre du Conseil d’administration d’Aide et Action International, un entrepreneur et un consultant dans les domaines de marques et marketing avec plus de 30 ans d’expérience. Il est le fondateur d’INTRADIA World qui organise des ateliers spécialisés dans le domaine de l’idéation et de l’innovation.

Sharyanne Mcswain


Sharyanne is the Chief Operating Officer at Echoing Green, a nonprofit organization that funds social entrepreneurship and innovation. She has more than 30 years of financial services and business operations experience, working in nonprofit management, financial engineering, financial services marketing, and municipal finance.

Frédéric Lepage


Frédéric is an entrepreneur, author, film writer and producer of programs and documentaries. He is an expert in China and AP markets.

Sylvie Combe


Sylvie is a consultant in sustainability and communications. She has been Head of communications and sustainability for international companies like Lafarge, Primagaz or Kingfisher. Sylvie is an Aide et Action donor.

Aïcha Bennani


Aïcha occupe actuellement les fonctions de directrice générale de la Fondation Ennajah de SAHAM Assurance, fondation qui se consacre à l’aide aux familles dans le besoin, et responsable du marketing et de la communication de Sanlam Pan-Afrique. Elle a reçu le prix de la « meilleure directrice marketing en Afrique » de l’Union des agences publicitaires africaines.


Founded in 1981, Aide et Action is the leading French-based international NGO in ensuring access to quality education for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in Africa, in Asia, and in Europe.