AWIEF2022: The first 30+ speakers revealed


The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced the first 30+ speakers for its annual conference and awards, to be held as a hybrid event in Cairo, Egypt September 26 and 27, 2022in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation and co-organized by the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA).

AWIEF2022 will bring together some of the most exciting and insightful voices from across the governmental, development, corporate and entrepreneurial ecosystem to engage in dialogue and discussion on issues of women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, leadership, investment, sustainability, technology and innovation in Africa meeting.

Among the high-level speakers who will be attending AWIEF2022 are HE Dr. Rania Al Mashat, Egypt’s Minister for International Cooperation; Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for SEforALL and Co-Chair of UN Energy; Jackie Jones, Director and Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Department of Gender Equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dina Saleh, Regional Director, Middle East, North Africa and Europe (NEN) Division, IFAD; Ahmed Rezk, UNIDO Deputy Representative, Regional Hub in Egypt; Patricia Obozuwa, Vice President, Government Affairs, Communications and Sustainability for Africa, The Coca Cola Company; Ayoade Alakija, WHO Special Envoy for the ACT Accelerator, Co-Chair of the African Union African Vaccine Delivery Alliance; and Georges Vivien Houngbonon, Digital and TMT Economist at World Bank Group – International Finance Corporation.

Check out the rest of the speakers here

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Advancing Africa through Gender Integration’ and the event once again provides a platform to discuss Africa’s major problems and explore new ideas.

The outstanding line-up of speakers, high-quality keynotes and interactive panel discussions at AWIEF2022 will cover topics such as accelerating progress towards the UN SDGs and AU Agenda 2063, intra-Africa trade and the AfCFTA, climate change and sustainability, creation a favorable environment for MSMEs & SMEs, Innovation & Technology, Fintech, Agritech & Healthtech, Energy & Infrastructure, Investment & Financial Services, and Agriculture & Food Security.

Now in its 8th year, the annual AWIEF conference is one of the premier innovation and entrepreneurship events on the continent. The conference brings together more than 1,300 entrepreneurs, start-ups, thought leaders, policymakers, international development partners, investors, CSOs, academia and the media, offering attendees the opportunity to engage, network and build new business relationships.

Buy your ticket now to attend these important conversations and networking opportunities, either in person in Cairo or virtually.


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