A message from our CEO Irene Ochem:
It was an exciting journey of engagement with different government, development and private sector stakeholders, high-level speakers and sponsors which finally culminated in our Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum AWIEF2022 conference, hosted in person in Cairo, Egypt and online, on 26 and 27 September.
We partnered with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation under the dynamic leadership of H. E. Minister Rania A. Al-Mashat and with the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA).
Delivering extensive and stimulating dialogue and insights were over 60 global speakers including: H. E. Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission, H. E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, H. E. Ms. Nivine El-Kabbag, Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Solomon Quaynor, VP, Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialization, African Development Bank Group, Maya Morsy, President, National Council for Women, Egypt, Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator, Egypt, Dalia Tadros, Assistant Minister of Public Enterprise, Egypt, Jackie Jones, Director, Gender Equality Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Izabela Milewska, Digital Skills Global Leader, AWS, Uzoma Dozie, Founder & CEO, Sparkle Nigeria, Christine Arab, UN Women Country Representative, Egypt, Dina Saleh, Regional Director, Near East, North Africa, Europe & Central Asia at IFAD, Patricia Obozuwa, VP, Public (Government) Affairs, Communications & Sustainability, Africa at The Coca-Cola Company, Dr.Amany Asfour, President of the African Business Council, Cynthia Griffin, Minister Counselor, U.S. Department of Commerce, Yahya Al-Wathiq Billah, First Undersecretary Minister Plenipotentiary and Head, Commercial Services, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Egypt, Nirmala Reddy, Strategy Specialist, Enterprise Development, Nedbank, Chizor Malize, MD/CEO, FITC, Dr. Chinyere Almona, DG, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ali Eissa, Chairman, Egyptian Businessmen’s Association, Nevine Abdelkhalek, Keiko Miwa, Regional Director for Human Development, Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank, Prof Glenda Gray, President & CEO, South Africa Medical Research Council, Dolapo Kukoyi, Managing Partner, Detail Commercial Partners, Hossam Elgamal, CEO, Iken, and Dalia Ibrahim, CEO, Nahdet Misr Publishing Group & Founder, EdVentures.
Thank you to our sponsors: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amazon Web Services (AWS), African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Africa-Europe Foundation, Nedbank and Sparkle Nigeria, and to all our other partners and supporters, in particular, APO Group and EdVentures.
And a very special thank you to the delegates who joined us on-site and online.
#AWIEF2022 truly achieved what we wanted it to: To inspire and connect the Pan-African entrepreneurship ecosystem and to drive the promotion and acceleration of MSMEs and SMEs growth across the continent.
See you at #AWIEF2023!