Ezekwesili, Others to Address Women’s Critical Role in The African Economy
In seven days, Lagos will witness the first conference of its kind on African soil that will assemble some of the most successful female entrepreneurs and business leaders from diverse African countries and beyond, under one roof on a fundamental agenda.
The event is Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) holding at Lagos Oriental Hotel on 8th and 9th September 2015. AWIEF will also feature two Pre-Conference business capacity building workshops on 7th September. AWIEF will assemble female enterprise and industry leaders from Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Togo, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and many other African countries, with a great number coming from the African Diaspora.
The event which is easily the biggest gathering of Africa’s top female entrepreneurs and industrial giants, has the primary aim of generating innovative ideas and systemic changes in the African business environment, in order to reduce the disadvantages faced by women within the African business turf.
AWIEF 2015 is produced and hosted by ICO Conferences & Events Ltd, in partnership with International Women’s Society (IWS) Lagos, LEAP Africa and Business School Netherlands (BSN).
According to Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and Managing Director of ICO Conferences & Events Ltd, “it is now widely accepted that investing in women has an extensive impact on the building of strong and thriving societies. AWIEF will address women’s critical role in economic leadership and development and discuss opportunities to unleash their full potential to unlock Africa’s sustainable growth”.
Going further, Ochem explains that AWIEF will among other things highlight how educational tools, financial resources and micro and small enterprise opportunities can be expanded to support women’s inclusion and full economic participation and entrepreneurship. Among the more than 30 astute female game changers who will be speaking at the event are:
Former VP Africa Region, World Bank & Senior Economic Advisor Open Society Foundation
ADJARATOU FATOU NDIAYE
UNWomen Deputy Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS
Director, Empretec Nigeria Foundation (UNCTAD)
Founder/Director, LEAP Africa & Partner, Sahel Capital, Nigeria. LUCIA QUACHEY
President, Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE) & Secretary General, African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs
Founder/Managing Director, SECURICO Security Services, Zimbabwe
Co-Founder/Executive Director, Falcon Corporation Ltd & FalconGaz Ltd
Managing Director, Covenant Bank for Women Tanzania Ltd, Tanzania
General Manager, Enterprise Marketing, MTN Business Nigeria
NorthWest Petroleum & Gas Co. Ltd
President, Quintessential Business Women Association
President, ECOWAS Federation of Business Women and Entrepreneurs (ECOWAS-FEBWE)
Partner, Detail Commercial Solicitors
Founder/President, Youth for Technology Foundation
Managing Director, Jumia Nigeria & Founder, Jumia Ivory Coast
Managing Partner, Dalmeida Ogunlana & Co.
TV Presenter/Radio Host & Founder Brand Woman Africa, Ghana
President, International Women’s Society (IWS) Lagos
Chairperson, African Women Leaders Think Tank (AWLTT)
Founder/MD, Upbeat Marketing (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
Speaking at her Lagos office, Mrs Irene Ochem noted that “the time has come for a paradigm shift; Africa must not continue suffering as a continent by disadvantaging women who constitute 50% of its core producers and entrepreneurs. The time has come for women to take the gauntlet and change the situation for better”