April 27, 2015

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF 2015)

The first edition of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) will take place from 7 to 9 September 2015 in Calabar, Nigeria under the theme “Investing in Women Entrepreneurs: Unleashing Africa’s Economic Growth” (www.awieforum.com).
Holding at the prestigious, brand-new, ultra-modern and world-class Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC) (www.conventioncentrecalabar.com), the pioneering and pan-African Forum will bring together African entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, social innovators, NGOs, CSOs, Governments and the private sector in a colloquium towards the growth of the Continent’s economies through women empowerment

Organized by ICO conferences and Events Limited, Nigeria and South Africa (www.icoconferences.com), the event is geared to benefit ultimately the African woman in an all-ramifying spectrum.

AWIEF is structured to open on 7 September with two pre-conference capacity building workshops, while 8-9 September will be dedicated to the main conference and exhibition programme.

AWIEF 2015 features unrivalled and unprecedented pre-conference management and business skills training workshops, presented and facilitated by two globally renowned and world-class Organisations – LEAP Africa and Business School Netherlands (BSN), Nigeria.

The full-day Workshops offer an excellent opportunity of learning from high-profile and acclaimed industry thought leaders, experts and faculty on the topic areas of: Leadership, Ethics, Strategic Management and Marketing.

The two-day Main Conference programme on 8 -9 September will focus on priority areas of Education, Women’s Health, Access to Finance and Financial Inclusion, ICTs, Sustainable Agriculture, Business Skills Training and Economic Opportunities.
"Women hold the key to economic growth in Africa, just as they hold the key to economic growth around the world." - Hillary Rodham Clinton

Speakers include (Left to Right):

  • Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili, Former VP Africa Region, World Bank & Senior Economic Advisor Open Society Foundations (OSF), Nigeria
  • Mrs Edak Iwuchukwu, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs Cross River State, Nigeria
  • Mrs Ndidi Nwuneli MFR, Founder/Director, LEAP Africa/Partner, Sahel Capital/Co-Founder, AACE Foods, Nigeria
  • Mrs Lucia Quachey, President Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE)/Secretary General African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (AFWE)/Vice President ECOWAS Federation of Business Women & Entrepreneurs (ECOWAS – FEBWE), Ghana
  • Mrs Candide Bamezon-Leguede, President, ECOWAS Federation of Business Women and Entrepreneurs (ECOWAS-FEBWE) Director General ARCANDIA Consulting & Services, Togo
  • Chief Dr. (Mrs) Nike Akande OON CON, Deputy President Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Nigeria
  • Professor Lere Baale Director, Business School Netherlands (BSN), Nigeria
  • Lady Onyeka Onwenu MFR, Director General National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Nigeria
  • Mrs Sabetha M. J. Mwanbenja, Managing Director Covenant Bank for Women Tanzania Limited, Tanzania
  • Mrs Divine Nduhlukula, Founder/Managing Director Securico Security Services, Zimbabwe
  • Dr (Mrs) Oluremi Aribisala, Chairperson African Women Leaders Think Tank (AWLTT), Nigeria
  • Dr (Mrs) Lilian Asomugha, Founder/CEO The Asomugha Foundation, USA
  • Mrs Njideka U. Harry, President/CEO Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), USA
  • Mrs Grace Ongile, Country Representative to Nigeria & the ECOWAS, UN Women, Nigeria
  • Mrs Martha Alade, Founder Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN), Nigeria
  • Mr Evans Wadongo, Co-Founder Greenwize Energy Ltd, Kenya
  • Mrs Frances I. Bekey, Managing Director Future Growth Microfinance Bank Ltd, Nigeria
  • Mrs Toki Mabogunje, Principal Consultant Toki Mabogunje & Co/Vice President Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), Nigeria
  • Betty Enyonam Kumahor, Managing Partner, Cobalt Partners, Ghana

8 Reasons to Attend AWIEF 2015:

  1. JOIN Africa’s top women entrepreneurs, leaders in innovation and top economic transformers from diverse sectors.
  2. CONTRIBUTE to the exchange of ideas, approaches and good practices in the area of promoting empowerment, innovation and entrepreneurship for women.
  3. FIND measures to improve access to finance to women entrepreneurs through a comprehensive programme.
  4. EXPLORE the role of various intermediaries such as social enterprises, associations, foundations, NGOs, and micro-finance institutions towards enhancing and facilitating women innovation.
  5. MOBILIZE media attention to strategic responses to women entrepreneurship challenges in Africa
  6. CELEBRATE the accomplishments of trend-setting women entrepreneurs and professionals in key sectors of the African economy.
  7. PROMOTE intra-Africa and inter-continental trade and collaborations and link the informal rural productive sectors with formal business environments.
  8. LEARN about MDGs as they relate to African women and submit suggestions for Beyond 2015 SDGs.

Who Should Attend?

  • Established women entrepreneurs
  • Aspiring women entrepreneurs
  • Social entrepreneurs and social innovators
  • Governments and policy makers
  • Private sector
  • MSME promotional agencies/organizations
  • Business development service providers
  • NGOs, CSOs, trade & industry associations
  • UN agencies and other international organizations
  • Multilateral and bilateral organizations
  • Foreign Missions in Africa
  • Academia
  • Domestic and international funding agencies and donors
  • Media

AWIEF will create networking opportunities with potential business partnerships, knowledge sharing and peer learning. The Conference targets the broadest spectrum of participants from across Africa.

The forum therefore allows African women entrepreneurs compare their challenges, learn and connect across borders to enhance and expand their impact. AWIEF will provide an opportunity for African women to gain greater economic impact in the society.

AWIEF is also for exceptional companies, organizations and women in trade to showcase their projects and innovations, products, roles and contributions to the economy and society.

By bringing together both local and international representation of women in business, the conference will not only promote trade, but also reveal achievements and act as a catalyst to network, share skills, dialogue and shift the bar higher, taking the African woman to new heights in becoming more economically influential and impactful.

Why Sponsor or Exhibit 

  • Showcase your new products, technologies and services to a pool of dynamic African and global women leaders and update them on existing products.
  • Raise your company profile and awareness within the African market
  • Extensive networking opportunities with female industry colleagues and decision makers across diverse sectors
  • Face-to-face meetings with key women thought leaders and business professionals
  • Meet with corporate Africa and extend your growth opportunities and reach
  • Access to Africa's most influential female business decision makers over two days 
  • Unrivalled peer-learning platform


To participate in the conference as a delegate, sponsor or exhibitor, companies, organizations and individuals are to register via online @ www.awieforum.com.

Alternatively, free online brochures and full proposals can be emailed to you upon email request sent to: elvisudegbe@icoconferences.com or clementdike@icoconferences.com.

Print off a copy of The AWIEF 2015 Registration Form (PDF file) and email your completed form back to your sender.

Managers will also speak to you on +234 (0)808 991 5450 (ELVIS) or +234 (0)807 721 9566 (CLEMENT)

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