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International Women's Day (IWD) is set aside for the global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Across Africa, women are driving change and disruption and contributing to job creation and socio-economic growth in their communities. African women have come a long way but there is still a lot left to be done to achieve gender balance.
Join us for this special AWIEF Business Networking event to celebrate the economic and social achievements of women. Connect with local and international business leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials, and community advocates.
More Info Speakers Director, Programme & Coordination of Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF)
Teju Abisoye is a lawyer and the Programme & Coordination Director at the LSETF. Prior to joining the LSETF, she has worked across various roles in pr...
Read more Vice President, Country Support and Delivery at Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Vanessa Adams, Vice President Country Support and Delivery at AGRA, is a proven leader with strong private sector, investment facilitation and project...
Read more Business Correspondent, Nigeria at Thomson Reuters
Didi Akinyelure is an Award-Winning Journalist and Thomson Reuters Business Correspondent. In 2016, she won the prestigious BBC World News Komla Dumor...
Read more Founder of Dragon Africa
Obi is the Founder of Dragon Africa, a strategic communications agency and conferenceproducer and is the Chairman of Social Media Week Lagos which is ...
Read more COO at Hirsch's Homestore
Margaret Hirsch has become a leading example to business women in Southern Africa – coming from a humble background, to co-founding and running the mu...
Read more Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria Read more Director, Communications & Public Affairs of GE Africa
Patricia Obozuwa is the Director of Communications & Public Affairs for GE Africa –since April 2012 when she built the function at GE. She leads a tea...
Read more CEO of Jonellies Autos
The fastest growing online car leasing, sale and rental company
Read more Executive Director, Small and Medium Enterprises of Bank of Industry, Nigeria
Dr. Olagunju serves as an Executive Director of Small and Medium Enterprises at Bank of Industry Ltd since August 2014. He was the Chief Executive Off...
Teju Abisoye is a lawyer and the Programme & Coordination Director at the LSETF. Prior to joining the LSETF, she has worked across various roles in project planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian projects. She also has extensive experience with government-driven entrepreneurship programmes, especially YouWIN!, an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Vanessa Adams, Vice President Country Support and Delivery at AGRA, is a proven leader with strong private sector, investment facilitation and project management experience. Ms. Adams has 25 years of progressive experience working in 42 countries, integrating over twelve agricultural and consumer goods value chains into regional and global markets. Previously, she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for DAI. Prior to that, she worked in West Africa as the regional Export Business Development Director, Trade and Investment Director, and ultimately the Chief of Party (Regional Director) on the USAID West Africa Trade Hub program, Chief of Party in Ethiopia on the USAID flagship Agricultural Growth Program–Agribusiness and Market Development Program, and COP of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub, managing large multi-cultural teams and budgets. She contributed to founding three pan-African nongovernmental organizations, including the African Cashew Alliance, Borderless Alliance, and Global Shea Alliance, as well as initiating the Women in Agribusiness Leadership Network in Ethiopia and has brokered numerous partnerships with African small and mid-size companies as well as Fortune 500 companies in win-win sustainable frameworks resulting in over half a billion dollars in exports from and investments in in Africa. Vanessa holds an executive MBA from INSEAD.
Didi Akinyelure is an Award-Winning Journalist and Thomson Reuters Business Correspondent. In 2016, she won the prestigious BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. In December 2018, she received the University of Nottingham's Special Excellence Alumni Laureate Award.
Prior to this, Didi presented the CNBC International television series “IOT: Powering the Digital Economy”, focused on digital transformation and “Living on the Edge” on the BBC World Service, a radio series on the impact of climate change on communities around the world. Didi is an accomplished presenter and producer with extensive experience working in television, radio, print and digital. She has also built an impressive career as a Moderator and Speaker. In 2018, she chaired a high level conversation on the impact of science and technology for sustainable development, with Sir Roger Penrose and Nobel Laureate, Jacques Dubochet at the United Nations in Geneva. Didi started her career in banking and finance but her passion for telling the African story led to a career change in January 2012. She has been featured in Forbes Woman magazine and included in a list of the world’s most influential business journalists and the 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria.
Obi is the Founder of Dragon Africa, a strategic communications agency and conference
producer and is the Chairman of Social Media Week Lagos which is the largest new media and technology conference in Africa. He also co-Founder other media and entertainment companies which include Cabal entertainment (a new 360 entertainment company), and is a co-Founder/director of 5ive Music, which provides support to independent artists in Nigeria. Obi has worked across the sports, music, television, live events, social media and technology industries with multiple cross platform experience in the creative industry to advancing tech, media and entertainment in Nigeria leading him to be known as one of the principal advocates of Nigerian Soft Power. He has been an Executive Producer for amongst others, Fifa U20 World Cup 1999, CAF Nations Cup 2000, Big Brother Nigeria 2006, Dragons Den Nigeria, 2007, The Apprentice Africa 2008, Naija Sings 2009-2012, Calabar Festival 2008 & Calabar Rocks Tv Series 2008, Soccerex West Africa, WorldPension Summit Africa Special to name a few. Obi Asika has advised multilaterals corporations/organisation, governments, brands and agencies on the creative industries, strategic communications, events and more. He was the first African appointed to a cabinet rank for Digital Policy and Social Media at the Federal level and is recognized as one of the drivers of the Nigerian entertainment explosion. Obi Asika was educated at Eton College and The University of Warwick, he is a core advocate of Nigerian soft power and is focused on convergence.
Margaret Hirsch has become a leading example to business women in Southern Africa – coming from a humble background, to co-founding and running the multi million rand Appliance and Electronic retail organisation, Hirsch’s. Margaret has been recognised through her efforts in building a successful business, and her determination to give back to the community by, over the last four years, winning a multitude of business awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards in business and entrepreneurship.
As Chief Operations Officer of the Hirsch group, a sought after speaker at business events and schools – where she has established a successful motivational programme - across Southern Africa, this dynamic woman, who is passionate about her business and the people who work for and with her, has become a legend in her time.
Patricia Obozuwa is the Director of Communications & Public Affairs for GE Africa –since April 2012 when she built the function at GE. She leads a team of communicators across Sub-Saharan Africa, building and protecting GE’s brand and reputation. She established GE Africa’s corporate social responsibility platform, GE Kujenga aimed at empowering people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are solving Africa’s challenges. In 2016, Patricia established the ‘GE Lagos Garage’ a hub for advanced manufacturing skills development that has produced over 250 graduates in Nigeria to date (June 2018). She is the founding co-hub leader of the GE Africa’s Women’s Network. She is a member of the Lagos State Industry Advisory Board for the Yaba ICT Hub/Cluster project. She is also the West Africa co-regional leader for the Africa CEO Forum Women in Business Network and she is on the jury of the “Africa Excellence Awards” (since 2016).
Prior to joining GE, she was Head, External Relations, Nigeria and Corporate Communication Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa at Procter & Gamble (P&G). Before joining P&G in 2005, Patricia was the Arts and Sponsorship Manager for the British Council in Nigeria.
Dr. Olagunju serves as an Executive Director of Small and Medium Enterprises at Bank of Industry Ltd since August 2014. He was the Chief Executive Officer and Acting Managing Director of Bank of Industry Limited since April 17, 2014 until 27th May 2017. Dr Olagunju bagged his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Lagos in 1981 and 1984 respectively, as well as a professional certificate in Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis from the Queens University, Canada in 2013 and a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the Paris School of Business in 2017.