- The Skinny - 20131226- Bisila Bokoko

Bisila Bokoko is what happens when an African girl is educated, empowered and focused. 

Bisila Bokoko has a true passion for fashion and creatively harnessing the cooperation and power of the business community to support sustainable change. Her passion for human rights fueled her educational pursuits. She earned two Master’s degrees in International Relations and Business and a Law degree from Universidad CEU San Pablo. Bisila’s dream has always been to be a catalyst for change, working with global leaders to foster cooperation among countries focused on a unified goal of peace and mutual respect. Her African roots are a constant reminder of the responsibility she bears for working in an ethical way and inspiring others to do so as well.

 

Bisila Bokoko is the founder and chairperson of The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote literacy among the African people. She has focused her efforts on organizing people and resources to build modern libraries in Africa.

 

In addition to running a non-profit organization, Bisila is a consultant for private companies in Europe and Africa. She works as a Spokesperson/International Brand Ambassador and Business Developer for companies where she helps to create pathways and opportunities, such as: Pikolinos, Carmencita, and Amparo Chorda.

 

In 2010, she became the face behind a new wine, Bisila Wines.Bisila sits on the advisory board of many African, European and American organizations, such as: Macdella’s Coooper Foundation, Feacoba, African Development Institute, Empretec (UNCTAD-Geneva), Fashion for Development, Africa Fashion Week NY and among many others.

 

For nearly 7 years she ran the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in New York as Executive Director.The Chamber is a bi-lateral private U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to fostering trade, investment and institutional relations between Spain and the United States.. She has helped companies successfully enter international markets in Europe, U.S. and Africa. Her ability to develop and cultivate relationships with foreign Heads of State, Ministries of Commerce / Economy and International business leaders has made her one of the ten most influential Spanish women in the American business.

 

 

Bisila has been the recipient of numerous global honors including Ladybrille Magazine’s International Woman of the Month, Woman of the Year 2011 by MCP and African Committed to Excellence in 2011 by Face2Face. In 2010, she was inducted into the Movers and Shakers.