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AWIEF 2017 Executive Advisory Council

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We are proud to introduce the AWIEF 2017 Executive Advisory Council (EAC). Members are strategic, dedicated, and thoughtful contributors, enabling AWIEF to achieve success. Led by AWIEF Founder and Chief Executive Officer Irene Ochem, the team’s mission is to find the very best speakers, partners and candidates to ensure that the greatest impact and inclusive growth towards Agenda 2030 becomes a reality.


Michelle Korevaar has been appointed as Marketing Director and a Member of the Executive Advisory Council for AWIEF 2017. Michelle is a Marketing Strategist, Digital Storyteller, Change-maker and Founder & Chief Excitement Officer of SPICE4LIFE. She is passionate about strategy, filling the gaps and collaborating with dynamic partnerships, innovative leadership, utilising technology, media and global expertise to do good business for good and inspire Africa through example.

Michelle had this to say “What an honour to be asked to serve this amazing organisation. Purpose driven business that benefits women, youth, society and the world at large is my greatest passion. I look forward to an exciting year ahead, working with an amazing dynamic team with a mission to bring positive impact for not only women in South Africa but for women in Africa and including women delegations from abroad. Read more of Michelle’s profile here


We are thankful for Vuyisa Qabaka, an instrumental player for showcasing South African talent within multiple sectors. It takes strong men to support and facilitate strong women to thrive, and this is what Vu, along with a wealth of expertise and a valuable network, brings to AWIEF. His support and role as a Strategic Advisor for AWIEF on the 2017 Advisory Council, is a very real example of “He for She”, where strong influential men support the advancement of women as equals.

Vuyisa (Vu) is a tech and small business advisor, as well as lean start-up practitioner and partner at venture builder, Entrepreneur Traction. He holds directorships on various start-up boards, and a non-executive director seat at the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF). Read more of Vuyisa’s profile here


Lungi is a trailblazer, a humanitarian by nature, a social development strategist and communications executive whose depth of experience and skills amassed over the years renders her best place to traverse both commercial, social, public service and development landscapes. Lungi is the grand-daughter of the venerable Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Read more of Lungi’s profile here

AWIEF is also proud to announce the launch of our new organisation website: www.awieforum.org

The new website features membership opportunity to join the AWIEF Community of African Women Entrepreneurs. This is an excellent platform to network, share and engage with leading fellow female entrepreneurs from across the continent and diverse sectors. Register through our online registration portal at www.awieforum.org and help other female entrepreneurs find your business.
Membership is OPEN and FREE to all women entrepreneurs and business owners, at all business stages and in all business sectors, in Africa and its diaspora.


Email: admin@icoconferences.com

Call: +27 21 826 8878 | +27 76 052 1199 | +234 814 376 9875 

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