Sindy Zemura-Bernard

Sindy Zemura-Bernard

Award Winning Humanitarian


Brief info

Sindy is an award-winning humanitarian, social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and pioneer focused on
empowering marginalized women, girls, and youth.

A seasoned leader, with over 12+ years in International Development as well as 15 years in the finance
sector, Sindy is a specialized consultant on Women and Gender, Education, Youth empowerment, Peace
and security and HIV awareness.

Given her passion for these causes, Sindy is the Founding CEO of the Southern Africa Embrace
Foundation, an International Development charitable organization located In Toronto, Canada which also
holds Special Consultative Status at the United Nations - ECOSOC. The Foundation supports the
the wellbeing of vulnerable women, children, and youth in seven countries in Africa, focusing on the areas
gender equality, youth empowerment, education, HIV awareness, and rural development.

In addition to her work with the SAE Foundation, she also served at the Inaugural African Union Office of
the Youth Envoy as Special Advisor and Team Lead – Intergenerational Dialogues between 2019-2021.
Her voluntary work and membership is expansion, serving in several boards and networks such as the UN
Women / AU (African Women Leaders Network), STOP TB Partnership, UNMGCY (United Nations Major
Group for Children and Youth), Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWach),
Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), IAS (International ADIS Society), Global AIDS Alliance,
NGO CSW NY, EWEC (Every Woman, Every Child), VOW (Canadian Voice of Women for Peace), WIIS
(Women in International Peace and Security) to name a few. Sindy has also been a guest contributor at
WIIS -Canada and NATO Canada publications since 2015, writing on education in Africa, peace and
security, gender equality, women and children’s health issues, International development, NGOs and on
HIV/AIDS in the continent of Africa.

Sindy’s passion for the security and empowerment of vulnerable persons has awarded her opportunities
to moderate events as well as speak amongst and before diplomats, celebrities, politicians and
dignitaries globally. Amongst many of her recognitions, she has been
nominated as MIPAD's (Most Influential People of African Descent) 100 under 40 Influencers for 2017,
Canada’s TOP 40 Immigrants 2018, Women of Influence Finalist 2018, Top 100 Canadian Black women
leaders 2018, received recognition from the Duke of Sussex in 2018 for advancing HIV Awareness and
youth empowerment in Africa, North America 2019 Global Business Award by the African Powerful
Partnership Awards at CSW-UN and was named one of the 2019 ‘ The Young Independents Top 100’ –
Africans influencing policy, brands, and people.