Prior to joining BSR, Awa drove in-house corporate responsibility strategies and projects at DER Touristik Group, a European travel company. There, she managed the group’s environmental protection and resource conservation program, developed and implemented its global animal welfare strategy, and contributed to industry projects on sustainable food, among others. Awa has also worked to promote renewable energy by consulting on bringing new technologies to market and by managing initiatives to study and scale renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa. This included working with grassroots organizations and community members to assess the viability of small-scale solar applications to mitigate climate change and health risks.
Awa holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies, a M.A. in International Development from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Journalism and Business Communication from the University of Europe for Applied Sciences. She speaks German and English.