Aida Axelsson-Bakri



Paris, France

Mentored by:

Norah Casey


Founder and Managing Director, ADS Insight

Aida is founder and managing director of ADS Insight, a consultancy that helps to create an enabling environment through sound legislative policy so that businesses can grow and thrive while maintaining high environmental and social standards.

With an educational background in environmental science, Aida combines scientific proficiency with over 20 years’ experience in the European Union legislative domain. Driven by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Aida and her team of 15 staff help clients from around the world navigate the EU’s politics, policies and funding mechanisms, specifically in sustainable transport, climate resilience, agri-food systems, and circular economy.

Aida is a passionate social entrepreneur and advocate for women’s financial inclusion, access to finance, and technology. In the context of agricultural resilience in the face of the climate crisis, Aida’s activities on women’s economic empowerment have concentrated on women agri-entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa and the small island developing states. Her recent TEDxULB talk specifically aims to inspire women and youth to embrace social entrepreneurship.

Aida is a highly motivating and plurilingual global citizen. She is Ethiopian and Swiss, and speaks English, French, (Swiss) German, and a bit of Swedish and Amharic.