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Sawida Magba-Kamara

Founder, Padi Network

Sawida Magba-Kamara, the founder of Padi Network, embarked on this journey while pursuing her master’s in entrepreneurship and innovation management. It was during her research on black female entrepreneurship and their unique barriers to entry that she realised the pressing need for change. The discouraging statistics painted a bleak picture, but Sawida saw a glimmer of hope in the power of community and mentorship. Driven by her passion for fostering connections and empowering others, Sawida set out to create a space where black women could come together to share knowledge, support one another, and feel empowered to pursue their dreams. Drawing from her experience as a seasoned networker, she recognised the importance of a safe and nurturing environment where women could thrive individually while uplifting each other collectively. Community lies at the heart of Sawida’s mission, and she is committed to equipping black women with the resources, tools, and support they need to overcome obstacles and achieve success in their professional journeys. Through Padi Network, Sawida is on a mission to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create opportunities for black women to thrive and shine. Beyond her leadership at Padi Network, Sawida is a multifaceted professional with roles spanning customer success, career coaching, makeup artistry, public speaking, and ministry. Grounded in her faith and unwavering values, she finds joy in travel, new experiences, and authentic connections with people from all walks of life.