As co-founder and CEO of Riders for Health, Andrea Coleman from Great Britain is a pioneer in social entrepreneurship. 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.
She and her 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.
In 2013 Andrea won the Women of the Year Award, sponsored by Barclays, for revolutionising 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.