Wendy Luhabe, Fraser-Moleketi among speakers confirmed for this year’s AWIEF conference

Featured image: Economic activist, Women's Private Equity Fund founder and Winde co-founder Wendy Luhabe (Supplied)

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Awief) has announced the lineup of speakers for its fifth Awief Conference which takes place on 29 and 30 October at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC).

Among those confirmed are entrepreneur and Women’s Private Equity Fund founder Wendy Luhabe (pictured above) and Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, a former minister for public service and administration and the current chancellor of Nelson Mandela University.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Enhancing Impact: Digitalisation, Investment and Intra-African Trade”.

The annual conference serves as a platform where women entrepreneurs and innovators from across the continent and diaspora can meet with policy makers, investors, academics and thought leaders.

The Awief Conference will be held on 29 and 30 October in Cape Town

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Guinea’s Minister of Agriculture Mariama Camara
  • Former World Bank vice president and treasurer Arunma Oteh
  • Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) vice president country support and delivery Vanessa Adams
  • City of Cape Town executive mayor Dan Plato
  • Labacorp Power Company president and CEO Bako Ambianda
  • Botswana Innovation Hub CEO Alan Boshwaen
  • Frost & Sullivan vice president commercial brand demand Middle East and Africa Birgitta Cederstrom
  • Grit Real Estate Income Group CEO Bronwyn Corbett
  • Boldly Digital founder and CEO Hanan Darwish
  • Visa sub-Saharan Africa senior vice president and group country manager Aida Diarra
  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation director Michael Hailu
  • Almas Jiwani Foundation CEO Almas Jiwani
  • International Working Ladies Group founder and CEO Patricia Nzolatima
  • Awief founder and CEO Irene Ochem
  • Tencent Africa chief innovation officer Tramayne Monaghan
  • APO Group CEO Lionel Reina
  • Finca International president and CEO Rupert Scofield
  • UN Economic Commission for Africa executive secretary Vera Songwe
  • BrandEQ Group Inc CEO Nadine Spencer

The conference will also feature an exhibition and the Awief awards.

The awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs and business leaders who contribute to the transformation and development of Africa’s economy by creating jobs and opportunities across the continent.

Registrations for the conference close on 22 October.

Featured image: Entrepreneur and Women’s Private Equity Fund founder Wendy Luhabe (Supplied)



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