Women's Economic Imperative

WEI Global Institute

Driving Change. Influencing Perspectives.

WEI recognizes that the issues impacting women and girls must be addressed within the broader context of human, economic, social, environmental and political agendas. 

We are committed to working on these comprehensive issues with a particular focus on addressing the specific issues impacting women, girls and under-represented groups, particularly in the global south. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the need a multi-disciplinary approach to the response and recovery as well as for increasing resilience in the face of future pandemics and shocks.

WEI has established the Global Institute to:

  • Convene collaboratives of thinkers and key stakeholders
  • Co-create solutions and initiatives that lead to concrete actions and impact on the ground
  • Contribute to research and provide thought leadership


Our Advisors

Women’s Entrepreneurship:

Dr. Barbara Orser​

Trade & Investment Policy:

Dr. Roseline Wanjiru​

Health of Women & Girls as an Economic Value:

Dr. Yonette Thomas​

Media and Advocacy:

Amadou Mahtar Ba

Social Cohesion

Human Capital


Women’s Entrepreneurship

Get Involved

Click on “LEARN MORE” for more information on how you or your organization can join WEI in its mission to achieve positive change to enable the advancement of women in the global economic community

Dr. Barbara J. Orser – Board Member

Dr. Barbara J. Orser is a Full Professor, and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises at Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Her research and industry outreach focus on gender and women’s entrepreneurship, finance, SME procurement and policy.

Dr. Orser is the lead author of over 100 academic and industry publications and has served as an advisor to many distinguished global agencies. Her research and contributions have been acknowledged through numerous awards, including the Women’s Executive Network’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women in Canada’.​

Web: https://telfer.uottawa.ca/en/directory/barbara-orser/

Dr. Roseline Wanjiru – Trade & Investment Policy​​

Dr. Roseline Wanjiru is Associate Professor at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University at Newcastle. Her research projects cover economic development and international business with extensive experience gained working across countries in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Roseline is an expert on international investment and trade policy and consults for governments and business in these areas. She is currently an advisor to the UK government on international trade support. In 2018, she was appointed to the Exports Guarantees Advisory Council, an expert group which advises national Government policy on official support for UK trade and exports, as well as the operation of UK Export Finance. ​​

Roseline is a member of relevant professional associations, a Fellow of the Institute for Trade and Innovation (Offenburg), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Geographical Society, and member of the Academy of International Business. ​​

Roseline supports the work of Women Economic Imperative (WEI) on international trade and the impacts on women and girls.

Dr. Yonette Thomas – Board Member 

Dr. Thomas is a globally acknowledged thought leader, urban health champion, and an advocate for valuing the health of women and girls as an economic imperative. She founded Borjoner International and Strategic Transitions to influence the progress, health, and wellbeing of individuals and communities across the world. As a founding board member of Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI), she leads the organization’s focus on the health of women and girls as an economic value.

Her work as global advisor for Evidence for Sustainable Human Development Systems in Africa (EVIHDAF) and the Centre for Urban Health and Development within the Asian Institute of Poverty Alleviation (CUHD-AIPA) extends her focus on the global south and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals in this last decade. She is the Associate Editor for Women and Girls for Cities & Health.

Web: http://yonettethomasphd.com

Amadou Mahtar Ba – Chair of the Board

Amdou Mahtar Ba is the co-Founder and Executive Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, Inc., and owner and operator of AllAfrica, the largest specialized content service provider on the African continent.

Mr. Ba sits on several boards and participates in a number of international working groups including the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Councils, and the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE.

He is the recipient of many distinguished awards and recognitions in Africa, Europe and the United States, including being selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Africans” three years straight by New African Magazine. Forbes Magazine listed Mr. Ba one of “The Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa” in 2014.

Janiece Welcome Bio

Janiece Welcome has worked for several years in the fields of management, administration and education. She has developed her management and administration experience in a number of different large corporations, including Starbucks Coffee Company. In addition, she has worked with AmeriCorps Project Change and the Montgomery County Public Schools. 

Her commitment to incorporating diversity into her project management work contributed to her successful completion of projects and increased the impact of her efforts in effecting progressive change within her community.

Janiece is a leader, whose outstanding customer service and drive shines through her work. She has extensive operational and technical skills.

Janiece attended Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. She has completed a training program at the Project Management Institute and is currently pursuing her certification in Project Management.