Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the new mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone, speaks at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. “For decades, there had been no structure, no focused thinking of a strategy for the city,” she says. “The way my brain works is with plans. I have to have a to-do list.”

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the new mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone, speaks at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. “For decades, there had been no structure, no focused thinking of a strategy for the city,” she says. “The way my brain works is with plans. I have to have a to-do list.”