Who is Tonia Dabwe?

You don't often meet someone who has achieved good results both in the public and private sectors, who runs a successful NGO in Africa and who works with companies from Africa as well as Europe. What does it take to be able to do this? Knowing how to quickly get to the heart of the matter, being capable of working well with people from very different backgrounds, as well as the ability to achieve great results in various settings. Oh, and the ability to use that broad experience to find the best solutions!

Critical thinker who’s good at putting her finger on the sore spot, who enthuses & mobilises people, comes up with creative solutions and preferably manages multiple projects at the same time. Daughter of a Dutch mother and Liberian father. High school in Liberia, French language & literature at university in Ivory Coast, Business Economics and Business Administration at universities in the Netherlands.

Lives in Deventer and regularly travels abroad. Go-getter, likes to travel, with a large international network and passionate about entrepreneurship. Loves challenges & deadlines, salsa & classical ballet, hiking & museums, sailing & photography. Usually doesn't fit neatly into a box. Very allergic to injustice.

What I do

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Advisor on business development, international business and export strategy development for business clients. Policy development and programme management for public sector clients in the Netherlands, Europe and the US.

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Business coaching and online learning for start-ups and growing companies in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Specialises in: organic business growth, profitability, international expansion, and export.

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Education and entrepreneurship in Liberia. Business training, coaching and microloans for women and young people. Affordable private nursery and primary education with a curriculum designed in the Netherlands and the US.


Community Impact Leader

BAWR, UK, 2015

International African Woman of the Year

Women4Africa, UK, 2013

Diva of Colour Ambassador

Divas of Colour, UK, 2014

Rising Star

Provincie Overijssel, 2007

You'll find more information about me, my work and my NGO on my LinkedIn profile.