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7th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF2021)

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Irene Ochem

Founder & CEO, Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)

John Nkengasong

Director, Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Paula Ingabire

Minister, ICT & Innovation, Rwanda

Rania Al-Mashat

Minister, International Cooperation, Egypt

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Minister, Communications & Digitalisation, Ghana

Beth Dunford

Vice President, Agriculture, Human & Social Development, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Brett King

Founder & Executive Chairman, Moven

Virginia Rose Losada

Global Coordinator & Senior Technical Officer, Women’s Entrepreneurship Development – SME Unit, ILO

Buhle Goslar

Chief Executive Officer, Africa Region & Pakistan, Jumo

Daisy Molefhi

Founder & Vice Chancellor, ABM University College, Botswana

Bethlehem Tilahun-Alemu

Founder & CEO, SoleRebels

Lindsey Keighley

Vice President, Product, Yoco

Virpi Stucki

Chief, Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation & Human Security Division, UNIDO

Olugbenga Agboola

Chief Executive Officer, Flutterwave

Mark Eddo

UN Development Consultant, TV Presenter & Founder, Mark Eddo Media

Chebet Lesan

CEO, BrightGreen Renewable Energy

Marek Zmyslowski

Co-founder, SunRoof & Regional Manager Africa, RTB House

Ada Osakwe

Managing Partner, Agrolay Ventures

Adele Dejak

Founder, Adele Dejak

Myriam Fournier Kacimi

Founder & CEO, Sungy

Rose-Marie Bouboutou

Broadcast Journalist, BBC News

Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa

Founder & Executive Director, Chil Artificial Intelligence Lab

Omar Shoukry Sakr

Founder & CEO, Nawah Scientific

Sabdiyo Dido

Head, Gender & Inclusiveness, AGRA

Nuru Nyerere-Inyangete

Executive Director, Epitome Architects Ltd

Mansi Dholakia

Founder & CEO, Global Mental Health Association, India

Shirley Machaba

Chief Executive Officer, PwC Southern Africa

Mark Matovu

Founder & CEO, Managing Partner, Nampya Farmers Market

Odunayo Eweniyi

Founder & COO, Piggyvest

Eleni Giokos

CNN Anchor & Correspondent

Sharmla Chetty

Chief Executive Officer, Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE), Bryanston

Jenna Clifford

Founder, Jenna Clifford Designs South Africa

Oulimata Sarr

Regional Director, West & Central Africa, UN Women

Ramah Nyang

Business Journalist, Bloomberg & CGTN (Africa Bureau)

Manal Rostom

Nike Ambassador & Nike Run Club Coach

Nonkqubela Mayatula

Founder, Miarestate Wildlife Estate

Natasha Parmanand

Managing Director Operations, Southern Africa, FedEx Express

Sandra Orta

General Manager, Roche Diagnostics

Waris Dirie

Model, author, actress and human rights activist, Desert Flower Foundation

Zineb Sqalli

Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Yavi Madurai

Regional Advisor, Global Project, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, GIZ

Lesa Bradshaw

Managing Member, Bradshaw LeRoux Disability Inclusion Specialists

Asanda Beda

Broadcast Journalist, SABC

Mimi Fawaz

Broadcast Journalist, BBC News

Vanessa Adams

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Chief of Party, AGRA

Precious Nkabinde

Communications Lead, South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, Roche Diagnostics

Rose Sibisi

Media Entrepreneur & Journalist

Peter Ndoro

Broadcast Journalist/Anchor, SABC

Colleen Harrison

Head of Marketing, Payfast

Chris Cooter

High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

CEO, African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development)

Barbara Makhubedu

Chief Financial Officer, Shell Downstream, South Africa

Izabela Milewska

Digital Skills Global Leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Jemimah Njuki

Director for Africa, IFPRI

Betty Kiplagat

Government Affairs Leader for Africa and the Middle East, Corteva

Victoria Sabula

Chief Executive Officer, AECF

Carl Man

Vice President, Social Impact for CEMEA region., Visa

Tabitha Karanja

Chief Executive Officer, Keroche Breweries Limited

Sthembiso Dlamini

CEO, Gauteng Tourism Authority

Farouk Khailann

CEO, Premium Africa Holdings

Nirmala Reddy

Strategy Specialist, Enterprise Development, Business Banking, Nedbank

Tiara Pathon

Digital Skills Lead – Africa, Amazon Web Services

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Thobile Dube

Retailer Recruitment Manager

Michelle Koza

Operations Support Manager, Shell

Amel Hamza

Acting Director, Gender and Civil Society Engagement Department, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Dorothy Tembo

Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre

Micheal Sudarkasa

CEO, Africa Business Group

Sawa Nakagawa

Founder & Partner, ThreeArrows Impact Partner

Liebe Jeannot

Founder and Managing Partner, Akazi Capital

Eric Osiakwan

Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital

Juan Pablo Davila

Industrial Development Expert, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

Mpho Phalatse

Executive Mayor, City of Johannesburg

Pierre D. Kadet

Senior Regional Director – West Africa, Middle East & North Africa Programs

Natasha Parmanand

Managing Director, Operations, FedEx Express, Southern Africa

Nomalanga Sitole

Entrepreneur | Speaker | Storyteller | Online Facilitator

Ester Matlou

Acquisition Manager | Retail Relationship Banking | Nedbank Limited

Myriam Fournier Kacimi

Founder & CEO, Sungy


Minister, Communications and Digitalisation, Ghana

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