8 August 2017
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Offices, 1 Protea Place, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa


Gender representation in key economic sectors and government leadership remains lagging across the world and Africa is no exception. Even though the continent has done better than its global counterparts in the inclusion of women in key sectors of the economy the continent still has a long way to go. Whilst the continent has taken strides in increasing female representation in government, reports show that the private sector is lagging behind with only 5% of CEOs in Africa being women. In the recently released Forbes Africa list of 21 billionaires only 2 of the featured entrepreneurs were women.

Join us at the inaugural DLO African Women in Power Summit as we bring together government and business leadership to address the challenges and unlock the opportunities that are central to challenging the narrative. The summit is intended to offer tangible business and leadership opportunities to ensure meaningful participation of women in the economy. We will identify accessible opportunities that can be readily pursued by women on the continent.

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Women in government: increasing participation in key sectors of government.

Banking & Finance: hear first-hand form bankers, financiers and fund managers on how they progressed in their careers. In addition to this this session will examine funding available for majority women owned vendors across the continent ranging from start-ups to established enterprises.

Intra-Africa Trade - South Africa remains the biggest exporter of goods and services across the continent, is the regulatory environment conducive to encouraging more trade amongst Africans? Where are the opportunities for women owned companies on the rest of the continent?

Technology and Innovation is a key factor to being competitive as a business hear first-hand from some of the continent’s leading technology companies and those individuals making innovative strides in business.

Infrastructure remains the key stumbling block to the growth of business in Africa, from electricity shortages to poor road and health infrastructure, hear first-hand about opportunities for investment in this sector.

Emerging Entrepreneurs – Unemployment and in particular youth unemployment remains alarmingly high on the continent, the role of microenterprise and small business will in most instances be a huge contributor to growth on the continent but are enough women formalising their business and taking advantage of the opportunities?

Africa’s Luxury Brand creators - meet the entrepreneurs behind some of Africa’s most known and emerging brands as they redefine Africa as a luxury brand destination.

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Invited Speakers

Policy And Gender

Invited Speakers

Hon. Susan Shabangu
Minister of Women in the Presidency, South Africa
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of UN Women, South Africa
Fransje van de Marel
Partner at McKinsey & Partner, South Africa

Banking & Finance

Invited Speakers

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
Former Special Envoy on Gender at African Development Bank, South Africa
Vivienne Yeda
Director General of the East African Development Bank, Kenya
Sylvia Mulinge –
Director, Consumer Business at Safaricom Limited, Kenya
Bola Adesola
CEO/MD at Standard Chartered Bank, Nigeria
Donna Nemer
Director at JSE, South Africa
Lizeka Matshekga
Head of Industrial Infrastructure SBU at ‎Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd, South Africa

Inter African Trade

Invited Speakers

David Luke
Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia
Dr. Anna Mokgokang
Independent Non-Executive Director at Shoprite Holdings, South Africa
Lerato D Mataboge
CEO, Trade Invest Africa, South Africa
Saki Zamxaka
CEO at Gauteng Growth And Development Agency, South Africa
Mwamvita Makamba
Head of Pan Africa Business Development for Vodacom Business Africa & Vodacom Enterprise Unit, South Africa
Siyabonga Gama
CEO at Transnet SOC Ltd, South Africa

Technology & Innovation

Invited Speakers

Hon. Jean-Philbert Nsengimana
The Minister for Youth and ICT, Rwanda
Rebecca Enonchong
Founder and CEO of AppsTech, Cameroon
Nneile Nkholise
Founder of iMed Tech, South Africa
Isis Nyong’o
Managing Director at InMobi, Kenya
Ory Okolloh
Former Policy Manager at Google Africa, Kenya
Afua Osei
Co-Founder of She Leads Africa, Nigeria


Invited Speakers

Hon. Mmamoloko Kubayi
Minister of Energy, South Africa
Tas Anvaripour
Partner for Energy Infrastructure at The Abraaj Group, Dubai
Andrew Alli
President / CEO of Africa Finance Corporation, Nigeria
Jesse Moore
CEO and Co-Founder of M-Kopa, Kenya
Pearl Rabali
Investment Director at Harith General Partners, South Africa

Emerging Entrepreneurs

Invited Speakers

Hon. Lindiwe Zulu
Minister of Small Business Development, South Africa
Nokwazi Mzobe
Founder of Matoyana Business Solutions, South Africa
Catherine Mahugu
Founder of Soko, Kenya
Maya Horgan Famodu
Founder of Ingressive, Nigeria
Hannah Kabir
Managing Director at Creeds Energy Limited, Nigeria

Africa’s Luxury Brand Creators

Invited Speakers

Reni Folayiwo
Founder of Alara, Nigeria
Samuel Mensah
Founder of Kisua, South Africa
Haneli Rupert
Founder of Okapi, South Africa
Laduma Ngxokolo
Founder and Knitwear Designer of Maxhosa By Laduma, South Africa
Omoyemi Akerele
Founder and Executive Director of Style House Files, Nigeria
Jennifer Obayuwana
Executive Director of Polo Luxury Group, Nigeria

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