AWIEF 2020 Conference Holds on December 2 & 3

(From left to right) Vera Songwe, Irene Ochem and Arunma Oteh, former Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank and Academic Scholar, Oxford University(Source: (AWIEF) 

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SOUTH Africa:  The 6th edition of the annual conference and Award of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum will hold on 2nd and 3rd December 2020. The theme of the edition according to the organization is: “Reimagining business and rebuilding better.”

The Keynote addresses will be delivered by H. E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); Landry Signé, a Senior Director and Full Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development Program and a Distinguished Fellow at the Standford University’s Center for African Studies; and Ayodele Odusola, UNDP Representative for South Africa.

Government and diplomatic sector representatives expected at the conference include Honourable Vera Kamtukule, Malawian Deputy Minister for Labour, Skills and Innovation and Véronique Haller, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland to South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mauritius and Namibia.

A special panel “Conversation with African business leaders” will include an elite group deeply versed in African business and economy namely: Aida Diarra, Senior Vice President and Head of VISA Sub-Saharan Africa; Kunle Elebute, Senior Partner, KPMG Nigeria and Chair, KPMG Africa; James Mwangi, Executive Director, Dalberg Group; and Robyn de Villiers, Chairman and CEO Africa, Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW). Pratibha (Pat) Thaker, Editorial Director, Middle East and Africa, The Economist Intelligence Unit, will moderate this session.

Members of the panel discussion on “Rebuilding in Africa: The bridging role of technology”
are some top level executives among them are: Cathy Smith, Managing Director of SAP Africa; Vanessa Adams, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Chief of Party, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA); Katya Blouin, Chief Business Officer at APO Group; and Jonathan Smit, founder and Managing Director  of PayFast.

Other high-profile global speakers include Dorothy Nyambi, President and CEO, MEDA, Canada; Monica Delores Hooks, Executive Director, Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI), USA; Onyeche Tifase, Managing Director and CEO, Siemens Nigeria;  Toyin Sanni, Group CEO, Emerging Africa Capital Group and the chairperson of Women in Finance Nigeria; Salma Okonkwo, founder and CEO of Blue Power Energy, Ghana; Saul Molobi, CEO, Brandhill Africa; Ken Etete, Group CEO, Century Group, Nigeria; and Amith Singh, Head of Energy Finance at Nedbank, South Africa.

AWIEF remains Africa’s largest and most prestigious women entrepreneurship platform where participants can network, connect and build new business relationships The conference is expected to bring together more than 1,300 pan-African and global stakeholders to engage inspiring industry experts and thought leaders through keynote presentations, panel discussions, and testimonials.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Conference and Awards ceremony will take virtual format. Registration  for the events is available through this link   (, and for more information and the programme visit the AWIEF website (