Our Ambassadors

Women for Women International's ambassadors play a key role in helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Ambassadors use their platform to raise the voices of the women we serve and shine a light on the issues faced by women in some of the world's most dangerous places.

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Mick Élysée

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Mick Élysée

Mick Élysée is a Michelin Star-trained chef, originally from both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, where he experienced conflict throughout his upbringing. 

Mick fled from Brazzaville during the civil war in 1993. As a refugee in Toulouse, France, Mick became a trainee chef opening his first restaurant at the age of 22. After a few years, he started to travel to learn as many food techniques as possible. Finally settling in London, Mick worked for 5-star hotels and restaurants such as Soho House, Firmadel group and Brooks private member club. In 2010, he launched his company chef consulting, a cooking show and published a recipe book about healthy African cuisine. Today, Mick mostly focuses on consulting for restaurants.

On International Men's Day 2022, Mick Élysée announced his new role as Ambassador for Women for Women International. Mick is our second male Ambassador, joining Tom Burke, and is excited to use his platform to demonstrate the positive action men can take to promote women's rights. Mick knows what it means to be affected by war, and this experience has motivated him to amplify the voices of women survivors of conflict.

Women for Women International Ambassador Mick Élysée
Women for Women International Ambassador Mick Élysée. Photo Credit: Scott KBG.

Organisations like Women for Women International are vital to give a voice to those who are very often the first touched by catastrophes.

Mick's #ServingUpSisterhood virtual classes have helped to raise awareness of food insecurity around the world. Photo Credit: Scott KBG.

Serving Up Sisterhood

Mick has previously offered up his culinary expertise by running virtual cooking classes for our #ServingUpSisterhood campaigns in 2021 and 2022. During these classes, he demonstrated how to make delicious meals whilst bringing attention to the issue of food insecurity for women survivors of war and their families.