Abi Daré is the author of The Girl with the Louding Voice, which was a New York Times bestseller, a #ReadWithJenna Today Show book club pick, a BBC Radio 4 Bookclub Pick,and an Indie Next Pick. Translated into 20 languages( till date) and studied on curriculums across the world, the Girl With The Louding Voice tells the story of Adunni, a 14 year old girl who is desperate for an education.  The novel has received critical acclaim and has been shortlisted for several awards including The British Book Awards Best Book of The Year , The Nigeria Prize for Literature ( Africa’s largest literary Prize), and in 2020 was named as The legendary Dolly Parton’s favourite of 2020 as well as selected as an Amazon Best Book of The Year for July 2020. 

Abi grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and went on to study law at the University of Wolverhampton. She graduated as Best Performing Student in her MSc in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University,  and acquired an MA ( with distinction) in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London.  A well- sought after speaker and teacher , Abi is passionate about storytelling and recently delivered a storytelling masterclass at Harvard Business School. In 2022, Abi was appointed as Board Member for the BIC Corporate Foundation. Abi lives in Essex, UK with her family.



Abi honored students at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School by accepting our invitation to be a keynote speaker at the 24th annual Social Enterprise Conference (SECON). Through relatable anecdotes and engaging stories, Abi inspired a group of over 500 to find their louding voices. She was incredibly generous with her time, not only offering Q&A after her address, but also facilitating an additional workshop for a subset of the attendees. Abi’s energy, passion, and affability resonated with everyone in attendance, and we look forward to the opportunity to work together again in the future
SECON 2023 Co-Chairs
Shivika Bhasin, Marc Alain Boucicault, Nora Jendoubi, Lia Parker-Belfer
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