W O M E N I M P A C T S U M M I T
Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, GCSK, CSK, PhD, Dsc
Professor. Biodiversity scientist. Entrepreneur. Author. 6th President
Republic of Mauritius
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been the Managing Director of the Centre
International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and
Innovation as well as Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair
at the University of Mauritius. Since 2001, she has served successively as
Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor (2004- 2010). She
has also worked at the Mauritius Research Council as Manager for Research
Ms Gurib-Fakim earned a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey
(1983) and a PhD from the University of Exeter, UK (1987). During her
academic journey, she has participated in several consultation meetings on
environmental issues organized by international organizations. Between
2011-2013, she was elected and served as Chairperson of the International
Council for Scientific Union – Regional Office for Africa, and served as an
Independent Director on the Board of Barclays Bank of Mauritius Ltd
As a Founding Member of the Pan African Association of African Medicinal
Plants, she co-authored the first ever African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. She
has authored and co-edited 30 books, several book chapters and scientific
articles in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable
development. She has lectured extensively across the world; is a Member
of the Editorial Boards of major journals, has served on Technical and
national committees in various capacities. Elevated to the Order of the
Commander of the Star and Key by the Government of Mauritius in 2008,
she has been admitted to the Order of the Chevalier dans L’Ordre des
Palmes Academiques by the Government of France in 2010 and is the
recipient of 5 DSc (s).
Elected Fellow of several academies and societies, Ms Gurib-Fakim received
several international prizes including the 2007 l’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for
Women in Science, the African Union Commission Award for Women in
On 05 June 2015, she was sworn in as the 6th President and the First
Female President of the Republic of Mauritius and served in that capacity
until March 2018.
She was elevated to the Order of GCSK by the Government of Mauritius,
and received the Legion d’Honneur from the Government of France in
2016. In 2017, she received both the lifelong achievement award of the
United States Pharmacopoeia-CePat Award and the American Botanical
Council Norman Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award. In
2018, she received the Order of St George at the Semperopernball,
Dresden, Germany. In 2019, she received the ‘Trailblazing award for
political leadership’ by the World Women Leaders Council in Iceland.
In June 2016, she was in the Forbes List for the 100 ‘Most Powerful women
in the world’ and 1st among the Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017,
2019. She is honoured as one of Foreign Policy’s 2015 Global Thinkers.
Ms. Bogolo J. Kenewendo
Bogolo J. Kenewendo is a Former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry of Botswana and was the youngest minister and female Member of Parliament in the history of Botswana.
As Minister, she introduced a number of reforms like the online business registration System, digital economy strategy, supplier development program for SMEs and e-commerce ecosystem to transform trade and business in Botswana. She chaired several trade agreement negotiations including a post-Brexit agreement with the United Kingdom, the Joint Council Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union and the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement. She promoted protection of children’s rights by moving two motions, “The alignment of the penal code to the Children’s Act” and “The creation of a sex offender’s registry.” She has served in other leadership positions including Program Leader for the Molaya Kgosi Women Leadership and Mentorship Program and the Board Chair of Molaya Kgosi Trust, member and advisor for the United Nations Secretary-General (UN SG) António Guterres‘ High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, member of the WEF Global Future Council for Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She is a Chevening scholar with an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex (UK), a certified Project Management PRINCE 2 practitioner and a BQA accredited trainer on economic issues. She has received a number of honours like the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award, Botswana ChangeMakers award in business and leadership, the Formidable Woman award, Chevening’s 35 Global Changemakers award and she constantly features in Africa’s most Influential person’s lists.
Fatima Alimohamed the CEO of African Brand Warrior is an African and Kenyan. She is an advocator for Africa and African brands with a solid track record across African markets that lead her to change from boots to heels where needed. Fatima is a thought leader in Strategy, Brand Development, Consumer Relationships, NPD, Marketing and Communication. Her belief is that every contact she makes through her various African markets visit must educate, inspire and help transform the lives of people. She believes that lifting the people up through brands is the one way to grow both people and businesses.
Fatima was honoured with the TOP 50 CMO’s Global award in Singapore and the TOP 100 Most Talented Marketers Global Award in India and was recently handed a Citation for Leadership Excellence by the African Women Leaders CMO Asia in Mauritius. She was Stooled as the Queen Mother (Nkosohemaa) in Memia, Western Ghana for her role in social development in the area of women and children. This has earned her the title of a Queen Mother and a Local name 'Nana Nyanzu'.
In May 2018, she was awarded in London, United Kingdom at two separate events the ‘Inspirational Woman of the year’ By Women4Africa and also won the award of Marketing Woman of the year by WinTrade London. In April 2019, the Women Economic Forum awarded Fatima with the award of ‘Iconic Woman Building a better World’ in Delhi India and again was awarded in Egypt in February 2020. Fatima is the regional director for Africa for ‘Nations of Women’ and is the Country head Ghana for All Ladies league a global initiative.
Ms. Getrude Matshe
Topic: Ubuntu 4.0 - Visioneering your Future - Within Crisis is Opportunity
Organization: Her Story Conference
Getrude Matshe-Kanicki is an inspirational speaker who has been described as a vibrant bundle of African energy whose zest and passion for life inspires everyone she meets. She is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential and find their individual life purpose. She is passionate about individuals’ success. This makes her an energetic, inspirational and enlightening speaker. Getrude has written several books and is launching her new book “Ubuntu Leadership” in 2020.
Her speaking career started in Norway 1989 and for 12 years she has worked in the IT industry as a Systems Analyst, Systems Support Manager and Project Manager. Getrude immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 with nothing and founded four successful companies.
- Founder and Global Curator of the HerStory Circle and HerStory Women’s Global Empowerment Conference 2019
- Founded Medical Recruiters of New Zealand Ltd 2002
- Founded GM Global Investments Ltd 2003
- Founded Simzisani, a talent agency catering for the film and advertising industry. Instrumental in supplying ethnic extras for prominent movies such as Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and James Cameron’s Avatar
- Founder and CEO of the Africa Thrive Foundation, which supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe 2001
- Founded Walk on the Wild Side Tours – a symbiotic tourism company that takes tourist to Zimbabwe to work with Aids orphans 2007
- Rooney International Scholar 2012; worked at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
- Mother of three children; a well-known African Storyteller, poet, artist and published author.
- She a script writer and an Independent Film Maker
- She writes for CNN iReport, Blogs for the Huffington Post
- Actress in the movie “Cry Freedom” with Denzel Washington in 1987
- Speaker at the UN Annual Summit on the Status of Women, 2014 and 2017
Joanne Mwangi- Yelbert
Purpose leads to excellence, and excellence leads to cash.
As the Founder and current Chief Executive Officer of PMS Group Africa Ltd and Chair of COMESA’s FEMCOM, present in 21 countries across Africa with the primary goal of enhancing women’s economic power, Mwangi - Yelbert brings more than 23 years of multi-faceted experience in pan African commerce, integrated communication and public relations within both the public and private sector. Her partnerships straddle the globe and create opportunities for top talent in over 24 countries and four continents.
Ms. Mwangi- Yelbert has won numerous local and International Awards. She is a 3rd time finalist at The All Africa Business Leaders Award, is an Organization of Women in International Trade Woman of the Year award holder, a KPMG and Nation Media Group Top Entrepreneur of the Year and bearer of the coveted Head of State Commendation for her extraordinary achievements in formalizing the efforts to include women, youth and persons with disabilities in the Kenya Government’s Procurement policy.
Mwangi-Yelbert has an extraordinary track record for structuring complex deals and investments as a venture capitalist in Lion’s Den, a television series in the Dragons Den and Shark Tank genre.
An internationally acclaimed Marketing Guru, she values her position as President of the Stanford Seed Network whose methodology she uses to scale businesses for value creation, constantly reinforcing her mantra that purpose leads to excellence and excellence leads to cash.
An entrepreneur at heart and in practice, Mwangi-Yelbert loves and is inspired by trail blazers, youth and women trail blazers being her hero’s.
A much sought-after public speaker, her eloquent, humorous and greatly simplified adaptation of the most complex theories, coupled with honest renditions of personal experiences and missteps make her both memorable and immensely impactful.
Joanne received her Undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi in Anthropology and Public Service Management and her graduate degree in Management from the United States International University. She recently completed the specially designed Babson College, Entrepreneurs Business Launch and Grow Program in Boston, USA and is a proud and distinguished Alumni of the Stanford SEED program.
Ms. Mwangi- Yelbert has served as a strategic advisor to several government and private sector boards and devotes her time to nurturing the aspirations of young businesses straddling all sectors of enterprise as they are the change drivers across the third world and emerging markets.
Ms. Augustina Austin
Virtual MC and Speaker on Digital Marketing
MS.ABA (also known as Augustina Austin) is a multi-faceted entertainer: music artist, an award-winning radio-personality/broadcaster, speaker, former beauty queen and communication strategist.
In 2016 she founded BYAustin, where she has made it her mission to help a diverse group of clients from start-ups, international organizations and non-profits to build a strong brand in African and Diaspora markets. The company specializes in brand strategy, visuals, communication and business development. BYAustin has facilitated clients like Growing Business Together, a Dutch acceleration program for Dutch-Ghanaian entrepreneurs, Uganda’s Best Farmers tour, Netherlands-Ghana Trade fair and more.
MS.ABA holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and served as a board member of Young Ghanaian Professionals Benelux, a Dutch-Ghanaian professionals’ network for over 7 years. She is passionate about building professional relations between the Diaspora and the African continent.
MS.ABA started her own blog: Abina Online in 2010, where she and her team of contributors share their insights on fashion and African lifestyles. She rolled into the writing industry as a contributing editor and writer for This is Africa/Ghetto Radio, A renowned Sub-Saharan entertainment and lifestyle platform focused on promoting youth culture.
In 2018, MS.ABA was awarded by the Tema Citizens Club of the Netherlands for outstanding vision, dedication and distinguished service to the Ghanaian community of the Netherlands. In March 2019, the presenter won Best Radio Presenter of the Year by the Afro-Diaspora Influential Awards.
MS.ABA works as an independent presenter, voice-over artist and broadcaster. You can listen to her every Sunday from 7pm (CET) on Hiradio on her weekly show: Africa on Focus, a radio show aimed to promote entrepreneurship and success stories to African Millennials. Africa on Focus the Podcast, the recap of the radio show is available on Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes. When she is not presenting, MS.ABA is performing between the Netherlands and Ghana as a music artist.
Ms. Kimberly Ofori
Topic: Growth mindset and resilience in times of adversity.
As an entrepreneur at heart, Kimberly Ofori has founded multiple brands and companies over the past decade ranging from digital platforms, human resource solutions to lifestyle brands.
She is the founder & managing consultant at Ofori Inc. a consultancy helping (European) companies expand into African markets, with emphasis on activating diaspora led companies to do the same.
Kimberly is the founder and curator of SheWins, a consultancy with a community platform that focuses on educating, upskilling and funding professional career and business women.
She also founded the Apreneur Network, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs that was recently sold to a US investor.
Barbara Gwanmesia is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of Afrii Company - whose celebratory sweet-snack ‘afribol’ has appeared seasonally since 2016 in AH togo - a division of The Netherlands' biggest Super Market Albert Heijn. When Barbara is not talking or thinking afribol, she is busy masterminding copywriting gems that drive readers to take action on clients’ or her own websites. Either that or she is on the trail of her ‘woman-power’ magazine BygGyrlsDyntCry. Barbara is presently working on structuring and establishing the policy standard for a small local TV Channel in The Netherlands, and putting her singer/song-writing skills to work in her shower. Or in one or two other professional studios.
Ms. Winnie Mabena
Topic: Living Positively in Uncertain Times
Organization: Living Positively Brand
Winnie is a certified Personal Development Coach, an international speaker, Amazon Best Selling Author, magazine contributor and a mentor who is saving a founder of Living Positively Brand where she is working to empower others to live above life's challenges and develop a positive mindset so they can live their lives positively. Winnie holds a Double Major Bachelor of Arts Degree in Library and Information Science and Public Administration and a Diploma in Management Studies.
Being HIV positive and growing up in a rural community, Winnie Mabena is passionate about community development and servant leadership. She is the founder of The Knowledge Effect a non profit organisation working to empower communities through promoting literacy especially in rural communities. Under this she facilitates for resource mobilisation and fundraising to finance education for the vulnerable children in rural communities, provide mentorship and run a reading club.
In terms of volunteer experience, Winnie is currently volunteering as a board chairperson for Young Women in Action an organisation empowering young women to maximise their potential and take up leadership positions through capacity building, networking, and advocacy. She was recently appointed as Board of Trustees for Cruise Education Uganda. She volunteered with Plan International Zambia as the National Representative for the Youth Advisory Panel where she took part in local and international consultation processes on ending child marriage notably formulation of social movement guidelines for southern Africa to end child marriage and traditional and social media campaigns on girls rights and education.
Mr. Danny den Hartog
Danny den Hartog is the Founder of Coach Africa, social entrepreneur and international business/ scaling coach. Danny has a love for Africa and an obsession for personal development. Danny believes that "Everything we create in life, we first create in our minds and that we can only change the world inside out"
Danny loves Africa because of its diversity, its wonderful people and its infinite potential. His first visit to Uganda, as the MD of a renewable energy crowdfunding platform, shattered the stereotypical image that he had of Africa. At the same time, he was frustrated about the lack of a level playing field and made it his mission to help change the one-sided story about African in the West and to help create more opportunities for ambitious/driven people.
Coach Africa guides (female) business owners and changemakers to their next level of success and IMPACT through coaching, mentoring and online summits and courses from Africa's female leaders.
Mr. Kemo Camara
Topic: Harnassing the Power and Talent of African Diaspora
Kemo is the founder of Omek, a community-centric platform dedicated to the social and professional advancement of the African diaspora talents. He has also co-founded many businesses and non-profit organizations and played various leadership roles in community organizations in both the United States and Europe.
Kemo has more than 15 years of professional experience in leadership and management working for multinational corporations including banks and manufacturing companies. He is a firm believer in representation and equal access to opportunities. He enjoys bringing people from diverse backgrounds to work together toward a common goal.
Kemo believes that the African diaspora talent, especially the bicultural group, is greatly untapped; and if unlocked, will make meaningful contributions to our economy and culture.
Kemo has lived and worked in cities across Africa, the United States, and Europe, and has a BA in Business Administration and a Master in Development Economics and International Studies.
Terrie Ruth Nyaboke
Terrie an award winning young woman who was voted the UN Climate Action Change Maker of the year 2019/ 2020. She is a young enthusiastic lady keen on innovating for health as young African lady who not only has faced major health challenges but has defied all odds to become who she is. Thus she found RHDCHD action group in Kenya which is a group of young people that aims to create awareness, research and innovations geared towards heart disease treatment.
Terrie is advancing her studies Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering making her to work in a male dominated field.
She believes young people do not need critics but role models thus she sets herself as a role model to her peers especially girls aspiring to study Engineering.
Martha is a fintech & payments thought leader, an immigrant, a social entrepreneur, diversity & inclusion advocate and a philanthropist with years of experience in cards, payments, financial industry, NGOs and social entrepreneurship.
Martha is the Founder & Chair to the Executive Board at European Women Payments Network (EWPN), a Pan-European network championing diversity & inclusion in fintech & payments; Founder of African Women in Fintech & Payments (AWFP); Founder of Dali Spaces-Coworking Spaces for Women, Femtreat & The Fintologist.
A passionate philanthropist, she founded, Beyond Innocence Foundation (BIF), a charity organisation to provide a rescue center & safe house for sexually abused minors aged 0-16 in Taita, Kenya.
Before that, she worked as Global Card Scheme Compliance Director for Payvision and Client Advising Manager for TSYS.
Martha has been listed on Women In Fintech Powerlist 2016, 2017 and 2018
Ms. Joy Wanjiru Zenz
Joy Wanjiru Zenz is the founder of African Women in Europe. (AWE), the CEO of African Market in Europe (AME), Awarded as one of the African living legend in Germany 2018, Winner of 2018 African Business Support Award (The Voice Awards Amsterdam), Nominated for International Diversity Leadership Award 2018.
She was born in Kenya, a mother living in Germany. Her aim is to connect African Women living in Europe and around the world through AWE platform irrespective of their geographical locations. Joy started her website in 2008 and now has over 4000 actively involved women networking among each other. African Market in Europe is a Market solution for customers to find African Products and Services in Europe on one platform. It is a bridge between both continents.
She is a professional Event Organizer. Together with her team she has been able to move one
step forward from networking online to face to face networking by organising successful events
for the past 10 years. (Köln, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Berlin, London and Geneva). AWE Host
AWE Awards every second year to acknowledge the achievement of its members in different
Joy Zenz Compiled the first AWE Book a collection of 11 co-authers including herself sharing true stories. A reflection of the strength and positivity of AWE Women.
Prior to raising her children, Ms Zenz has worked in administration offices in UK. She has a diploma in Institution Management. she has worked in Pharmaceutical Company in Basel Switzerland as an administration, communication and event co-coordinator.
She is currently involved in branding Africa and Europe by joining up in different ventures with
African companies and European Investors. Through African Market in Europe Website she is
able to market client goods and Services.
Joy believes in African women empowerment here in Europe. Through the AWE platform
African women have been able to connect and build a positive image of African Women in Europe. Through the Awards women have reflected true icon to the future generation.
She has the passion to encouraged women and Africans in the Diaspora especially in Europe to
start investing in Africa. Through partnership and connecting investors in Europe and Africa to
the right market and being the bridge .She believes diaspora are the once to build Africa
Joy believes in working together as a team and her Motto is
“Together we are STRONG……..”
Rehmah Kasule, Founder CEDA International and Senior Fellow of Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative
Rehmah was born a village girl, but she refused to become a village woman. With inner strength and peace with who she is, dreaming big, strong passion, hope for the future, and positive role models and mentors, enabled her to transformed her life from mare survival to success and significance. At 26 years, she started her own branding and marketing business. Her story is a true testimony that one’s background doesn’t determine their destiny, people have the power to design the future they want.
In 2009, she “shifted from building brands to shifting mind-sets” by starting CEDA International, a nonprofit organization that has inspired, mentored, empowered and skilled over 186,000 youth and women to re-frame their thinking and attitudes, and lead change in their communities. Her work has won several international awards, was recognized by President Barack Obama, Fortune/Goldman Sachs Global Women Leaders Award and she was named one of Most Influential African Women in government and civil society in 2016.
Rehmah is an author of “From Gomba to the White House - A journey of an African Entrepreneur” and she has delivered expert consultancy on strategic planning, education reform, gender mainstreaming and trade, youth development, policy analysis and private sector development for the United Nations, African Development Bank, International Trade Center and European Investment Bank. She has served twice as a Judge to the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change, a $100 Million Competition to help solve a critical social problem.
In 2019, during her fellowship year at Harvard University, she innovated the PLUS+AFRICA, a social venture that is creating employment pathways for young women through entrepreneurship education, business incubation, innovation and technology. With a great passion for gender equality, she uses her voice to empower other women to succeed and thrive by creating positive and authentic narratives to mentor future generations. One thing she knows for sure it that “the night sky is never lit by one bright star, it’s lit by the billions of stars that come together, and if you walk alone, you go fast, when you take others, you go far. We are Stronger together.”
NORAH NJUBA BWAYA
Norah believes in the vast potential of people. Her passion lies in facilitating self-discovery, self-development and self-actualization. She is known for her effectiveness in leadership development and for spearheading advocacy for improving work culture and ethics in Uganda.
She is a multi-skilled Certified Executive Coach, Organization Development Consultant, Facilitator/trainer, public speaker and author.
Her working experience spans across 4 careers (Accountancy, Marketing, Insurance, Coaching) in 21 countries across 3 continents (Africa, Europe, America). She has supported top-tier executives in over 100 organizations across several sectors: Petroleum, health, banking, hospitality, insurance, beverages and development sector. Has served, and still serves, on numerous development and private sector Boards.
She founded the first coaching firm in East Africa—Coach Africa Ltd. and Institute of Work Culture and Ethics.
She holds a Doctorate in Executive Performance from Middlesex University and is a credentialed Professional Coach (ICF).
Uchenne L. Umeh
A former Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, Uchenna L. Umeh (Dr. Lulu aka The Momatrician) is also a board-certified pediatrician, global speaker on youth suicide, 2-time bestselling author, and youth suicide activist. She is Nigerian born, mother of three and the CEO of Teen Alive, and Dr. Lulu’s Youth Health Center, both dedicated to suicide prevention and high-risk teens.
In 2016 she started speaking out publicly following suicides of colleagues, and a patient, and is herself a victim of domestic abuse and has suffered with a depressive crisis and suicidal thoughts. A regular on media outlets, she is a 2020 TEDx speaker, she has her own show on public television in San Antonio, freelance-writes for magazines, and has a podcast (Suicide Pages with Dr. Lulu) and blog (Words by Black Butterfly).
Angela Mirembe Semwogerere
Angela Mirembe Semwogerere is the Founder of Coding In Heels, a Social Enterprise that focuses on inspiring Girls and Women to embrace STEM ( Science, Technology,Engineering and Maths) with her focus on technology. She is also a consultant and a member of Uganda’s National Taskforce on emerging technologies - (Fourth Industrial Revolution- 4IR) and an IVLP (International Visitors Leadership Program) Alumni.
With 12 years experience working in the IT & Telecommunication Industries, she has great passion for technology and she is seasoned in this field and is an authority in matters concerning digitization, youth and innovation.
Currently, Angela also “speaks” for a living specifically advocating for Girls and Women to embrace technology and become acquainted with the trends of the Digital revolution. She provides support to girls and women through the use of inspirational talks and practical training.
Her life’s purpose is to be deliberately active in closing the digital gender gap and have women sit at the table and participate in shaping the future.
Mary Chirwa Tshuma
Mrs Tshuma is the first Director General of the Zambian Financial Intelligence Unit, which is the Financial Intelligence Centre. She has held this position since September 2013 to date. She has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Analysis, Financial Investigations and Intelligence Gathering. She further holds an Advanced Certification as a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist-Financial Crimes Investigations. Prior to joining the Financial Intelligence Centre she was the Senior Assistant Commissioner and Head of the Anti-Money Laundering investigations Unit (AMLIU) under the Drug Enforcement Commission. At the regional level, she serves as the Chairperson of the Typologies Working Group of the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG). Mrs Tshuma is a qualified AML/CFT Mutual Evaluation Assessor. She is a fellow of the International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals. Mrs Tshuma holds an award in her maiden name for courageous leadership awarded by Nudge Global Impact, a Netherlands based institution.
Evangelina Nangula Hamunyela
Nangula Hamunyela has held various executive positions in Postal, Banking and Petro-Chemical industries. As former Managing Director of Engen Namibia, the largest supplier of fuel in Namibia, Nangula has distinguished herself as a business leader with a solid track record of delivering result.
Nangula is the co-founder and Executive Director of the International Coaching and Mentoring Institute Namibia
She is also certified Integral Coach, and is passionate about unlocking potentials of especially women leaders, and facilitating their transformation.
Nangula coaches in an integral way to help people achieve a balance between their three centers of intelligence; cognitive (head) emotional (heart) and (somatic body).
Finding this balance is key to get clarity of vision, strategy and direction as well as to avoid burnout and find work life balance.
Nangula would like to connect with business leaders in executive roles or those who aspire to executive positions.
Execute. Make. Do. Build... = Entrepreneurship. The art of materializing one's dream.
Matthias, through StartHub Africa, is dedicatedly building missing parts of entrepreneurship ecosystems in Subsahara Africa. To enable ideas to escape brilliant minds and come to life.
Starting in 2017, he built a hands-on startup academy now continuously running at 10 Ugandan universities and beyond.
What is the next step? What to build? How to execute? Survive & raise money? How to evaluate progress? Those and more challenges arise after starting. Since 2019, the StartHub Catalyzer guides Startups to answer those questions. With StartHub Africa: Every African Entrepreneur's Co-Founder.
Sophia (Klumpp) Grinvalds is a pioneer of the global Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) movement and an award-winning entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of AFRIpads, an impact-driven, social business dedicated to advancing the MHH needs of women and girls in developing countries. Her motivation stems from the belief that if we can overcome menstrual barriers, we are one crucial step closer to gender equality. With over a decade of experience in Africa, Sophia has led AFRIpads from a seed idea to one of the leading manufacturers of reusable sanitary pads in the world. AFRIpads has operations in Uganda and Kenya, over 175 employees, and has distributed over 3.5 million products across 37 countries in Africa. Sophia’s work was most recently honoured with the Power Together Award in November 2019 from the Women’s Political Leadership Forum, recognizing AFRIpads as a leader in the movement to end period inequality. Sophia holds a BA from McGill University in Canada and has resided in Uganda since 2008.
Eileen Walusimbi Oloya
Eileen Walusimbi Oloya is passionate about unlocking potential amongst women and youth. She believes that personal growth is key to enabling people to live authentic lives. She is a transformational speaker, an internationally certified trainer/facilitator a Business coach, and a Management consultant.
She has over 15 years of working and consulting experience in both the public and private sectors. She is the founder and CEO of Linkit Management Solutions, a business advisory firm that supports business entities to create and stay relevant.
Her life purpose is to use her passion and creativity to inspire and transform women and the youth, by supporting them to discover and express their God-given potential harmoniously and lovingly.
Nellie Kangwa, Cynthia Pillay, Cleopas Chiketa, Nangula Hamunyela, Esther Katu.
Moderated by Angelique van Eeuwen-Bos
Topic: Designing your business & life
Organization: Coach Africa
Primrose Kiberu is a business leader who is passionate about uplifting the lives of young women. She believes that the future of this world is female and as such, has positioned herself to use her creativity and skill set to cause transformation in the lives of young women.
As a Certified Member of the John Maxwell team, her virtue of accepting and believing in herself naturally propels her to use her knowledge, skills, and experience to coach both individuals and organizational teams.
She has over 20 year’s experience working as a Corporate Communication Specialist within the private and public spheres and is currently the founder and CEO of Prim & King Ltd, a Public Relations, Corporate Communication, and Advisory firm in Kampala, Uganda. She is also a Co-Director at Linkit Management Solutions, a business advisory firm that supports business entities to create and stay relevant.
Her mission in life is to nurture and inspire young women into discovering their God-given talents so that they can embrace their authentic selves.
SMILE with Lois.
S – Speaking and Storytelling
M – Mentoring
I – Inspiring
L – Learning facilitator - individual and group interactions and immersion workshops
E – Empowering using coaching and consulting (Certified Conversational Intelligence® C-IQ coach)
Lois Wagner lost a business and went bankrupt, she was attacked, raped and left for dead, she was forced into retirement, and experienced many other challenges.
She has also learned to forgive and to move on to a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
As a thriver, her inspirational stories support individuals who are facing a difficult life challenge to triumph over their trauma so they can find peace and emotional freedom. She does this by building their resilience and grit, developing a growth mindset, and energising their mojo, using her signature (and humorous) A-Z process via one-on-one or group coaching and keynote presentations.
Lois helps you understand the power of forgiveness and teaches you how to forgive yourself and others
Lois is a South African businesswoman with extensive local and international speaking, human resource, training, business management, project management, marketing, consulting, and leadership coaching experience.
Anita de Werd
Anita de Werd joined Maersk as Head of Marketing and Business Development Africa and as Member of the Board for Safmarine on 1st of January 2019.
Anita is a transformational and energetic business leader in global B2B organizations, she has a track record in building global brands that differentiate their value proposition in the market. This is achieved by focusing on customer insights, working with open-minded leaders and approaching the market in innovative ways.
Anita has broad business development experience for global sustainable trade, especially for women. She uses her strategic marketing experience, co-creation with customers and digitally enabled tools to drive the benefits of trade.
In the Logistics world, Anita is a known speaker on gender diversity & inclusion as well as developing women in corporate organizations and in SMEs to create a better world with equal opportunities. She is keen on deploying capability training, facilitating meetings for gender parity and interacting and educating women by sharing experiences.
A bridge-builder between Africa and Europe, believer in public-private partnership to bundle together value chains to build capabilities on the African continent. On Linkedin, she contributes towards changing the narrative of Africa as a continent of resilience and opportunity.
Currently Anita lives in Lagos, Nigeria. As a global citizen, she lived in Indonesia, Netherlands, Kenya, Switzerland and South Africa. She worked previously with IBM, Royal HaskoningDHV, DSM, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Damco, and Philips.
She is a mom of 3, and to keep herself balanced, she practises yoga, enjoys swimming and walks in the woods.
Angélique van Eeuwen-Bos
Angélique is an experienced international certified coach and group facilitator and lives in Tanzania. She accelerates the growth of professionals and (senior) leaders across countries and cultures on-line and off-line in the field of (personal) leadership and team development. Africa is close to her heart and she joined CoachAfrica as an Advisor as she believes that this is the time to unleash the full potential of so many Africans.