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    • L to R: Nevine Abdelkhalek, Board Member, Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA), H. E. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister for International Cooperation, Egypt, Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder & CEO, and Mohamed Youssef, Executive Director, EBA, at a joint press conference held at the Ministry of International Cooperation’s offices in Cairo, Egypt, on 10 May 2022 to announce Egypt as the host country for AWIEF2022.
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Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Announces Stellar Speaker Line-up for AWIEF2022 Conference and Awards

Egypt's Ministry of International Cooperation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Amazon Web Services to headline AWIEF2022

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) has announced a stellar speaker line-up for its prestigious and benchmarking annual conference and awards taking place on 26 and 27 September on-site in Cairo, Egypt, and virtual. AWIEF, which is celebrating the 8th anniversary of its award-winning conference, expo and…

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Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Announces Finalists for its 2022 Awards

The prestigious annual AWIEF Awards recognise, honour, and celebrate women entrepreneurs and business owners in Africa across various industry sectors

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) announces the finalists for its 2022 AWIEF Awards. Currently in its sixth edition, the prestigious annual AWIEF Awards recognise, honour, and celebrate women entrepreneurs and business owners in Africa across various industry sectors for their achievements and contribution to the continent’s…

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AWIEF and African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) Join Forces to Increase Access to Finance for Women SMEs

The new AfDB funded AWIEF programme aims to accelerate efforts to address gender inequality and drive inclusive economic transformation

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) and the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have joined forces to drive increased access to finance and markets for women-owned and women-led small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) across Southern, East…

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    • Standing from L-R: Mohamed Youssef, Executive Director, Egyptian Businessmen’s Association, Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder & CEO, H. E. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister for International Cooperation and Nevine Abdelkhalek, Board Member Egyptian Businessmen’s Association
    • Standing from L-R: Nevine Abdelkhalek, Board Member Egyptian Businessmen’s Association, H. E. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister for International Cooperation, Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder & CEO and Mohamed Youssef, Executive Director, Egyptian Businessmen’s Association
    • Sitting from L-R: Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder & CEO, H. E. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister for International Cooperation, Nevine Abdelkhalek, Board Member Egyptian Businessmen’s Association and Mohamed Youssef, Executive Director, Egyptian Businessmen’s Association
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Minister Rania Al-Mashat: Egypt to Host 8th Edition of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) in September

AWIEF2022 is a hybrid event (in-person in Cairo and online), with an easy-to-access virtual platform for speakers, delegates, and virtual exhibitors to participate

Egypt's Minister for International Cooperation, H. E. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat has announced that Egypt will host the 8th edition of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) conference and awards on 26 – 27 September in Cairo. The minister made the announcement on Tuesday, 10th May 2022 at…

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    • AWIEF Founder and CEO Irene Ochem with the 2021 winner of the AWIEF Lifetime Achievement Award, Margaret Hirsch, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Hirsch’s Homestores Group
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Call for Nominations for the Prestigious AWIEF Awards Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Nominees for the AWIEF Awards should be emerging and established female entrepreneurs and founders who have demonstrated outstanding vision, leadership and inspiration

Nominations are now open for the 2022 edition of the prestigious AWIEF (www.AWIEForum.org) Awards, which recognise, honour and celebrate women entrepreneurs and business owners in Africa and across various industry sectors for their achievements and contribution to the continent’s inclusive economic growth and social development. AWIEF (the Africa Women Innovation &…

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AWIEF launches a USAID funded program: Enhanced Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Investment and Export Readiness Through a Digital Platform

The comprehensive 8-week program will help strengthen participants’ governance, regulatory compliance, and risk management capabilities

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) in partnership with USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub) is proud to launch a new program which will increase the investor, export readiness and competitiveness of 100 SMEs in Southern Africa. The USAID funded ‘Enhanced Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)…

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    • Margaret Hirsh, Winner, Lifetime Achievement Award at the AWIEF Awards, Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch, Johannesburg
    • L-R Tumi Mphahlele, Runner-up, Energy Entrepreneur Award with Nirmala Reddy, Nedbank; Marriot Hotel Melrose Arch, Johannesburg
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Winners of the 2021 AWIEF Awards Announced in Johannesburg

Out of the 24 powerful women founders and entrepreneurs selected as top finalists by an independent Panel of Judges, 8 winners were announced at the awards ceremony

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) has announced the winners of the 2021 AWIEF Awards during a hybrid awards ceremony that took place on Friday night, December 3. Many inspirational and outstanding African women entrepreneurs excelled this year in creating opportunities and positively impacting lives and communities,…

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    • At AWIEF2019 From L-R; Peter Ndoro – Anchor, SABC; Barbara Makhubedu – CFO, Shell South Africa; Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly – World Bank Country Director for South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini; Vera Songwe – United Nations Undersecretary General and Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ethiopia; Irene Ochem – Founder & CEO, AWIEF; Arunma Oteh – Former VP and Treasurer of the World Bank & Academic Scholar, Oxford University; Uzor Mkparu, Assistant Vice President, First City Monument Bank, Nigeria; Nevine Ahmed Abdelkhalek, VP, Engineering Consultants Group (ECG), Egypt; Pat Utomi, Chairperson, Pan-African Private Sector Trade & Investment Committee (PAFTRAC ) & Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL)
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Shell, Nedbank, FedEx, AWS, Roche, AGRA, City of Johannesburg and PayFast Partner for AWIEF 2021 Hybrid Conference and AWIEF Awards

High-level global speakers will lead discussions on post-pandemic recovery and sustainable economic growth for Africa

The 7th edition of the prestigious international Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) conference is holding on 2nd and 3rd December 2021 under the theme “Advancing inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth in the post-COVID-19 African economy.” The annual AWIEF conference is an international platform that sees global thought…

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Top Finalists Announced for 2021 AWIEF Awards

Women entrepreneurs across multiple industries in Africa acknowledged for their leadership and innovation

Leading Pan African entrepreneurship and innovation non-profit, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org), has announced the top finalists in its annual awards to celebrate women business leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa. 24 outstanding women founders and entrepreneurs, were selected by an independent panel of judges, as top…

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Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Wins the Associations Advance Africa Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion

AWIEF is proud and excited to announce that, during the 2021 Africa Association Summit, AWIEF was selected as Winner of the Award!

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) was recently shortlisted as a finalist for the inaugural Associations Advance Africa Awards in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion (particularly of Women and Youth)”. AWIEF is proud and excited to announce that, during the 2021 Africa Association…