Andrea Coleman is co-founder of Riders for Health. She and co- founder and husband, Barry Coleman, are life-long motorcyclists. They saw that well-maintained motorcycles in Africa meant health care delivered, money saved and people trained in saleable skills. Andrea’s motorcycle racing life and her work in promotion and sports management provided her with a practical outlook and a set of skills that have helped to guide the financial and advocacy development of Riders.
In 2013 Andrea won the Women of the Year Award, sponsored by Barclays, for revolutionizing medical provision across Africa. In 2004 she won the Sage/Daily Telegraph Best Business Leader award and in 2006 won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Andrea and Barry were selected to join the Schwab Foundation network of social entrepreneurs in 2004 and Andrea has been a fellow of the Skoll Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship since 2005. Prior to leading Riders for Health, Andrea worked as a Funding Consultant for Save the Children and was co-director of Coleman Communications.
‘Introducing innovations for vehicle management in Africa to deliver health care requires persistence and an impatience with the status quo. I have both in abundance’ she says.