The Africa Regional Conference 2022 promises to provide women business owners and WEConnect International’s member buyer representatives an opportunity to interact and network on the state-of-the-art virtual platform. This year’s theme, Open for Business: Leveraging Technology | Transforming Trading Landscapes, will focus on encouraging women business owners in Africa to grow their business, and trade beyond borders for greater opportunities.

The AfCFTA aims to boost intra-African trade by providing a comprehensive and mutually beneficial trade agreement among the member states, covering trade in goods, services, investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy. Utilizing technology, the women entrepreneurs, now have the added advantage of trading across borders and reaching markets.

The Africa Regional Conference promises to:

  • Provide an AI-driven matchmaking event portal that will allow for buyers and seller to network one-on-one or one-to-many meetings stimulating potential development and business opportunities
  • Have relevant discussions focused on gender inclusive sourcing and supplier diversity and inclusion
  • Enhance connections while gaining practical knowledge on leveraging technology and trade beyond borders.

Attendees will include member buyers, government officials and partner organisations ready to support women-owned businesses and the growth of supplier diversity and inclusion in Africa and beyond.

Africa is Open for Business #SaveTheDate and join us on for 18 – 19 May 2022!

Agenda

Wed, May 18

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

11:05 AM

11:20 AM

11:55 AM

12:00 PM

12:40 PM

12:45 PM

01:20 PM

01:55 PM

02:15 PM

02:30 PM

03:10 PM

03:15 PM

03:25 PM

03:35 PM

Speakers

60 Speakers

Elizabeth A Vazquez
Elizabeth A Vazquez

CEO at WEConnect International

Margaret Mutheu
Margaret Mutheu

Africa Regional Director at WEConnect International

Mo Malele
Mo Malele

Commercial Director at NK Innovations

Yeshua Russel
Yeshua Russel

Country Director at WEConnect International

Vanessa Mumba
Vanessa Mumba

Market Lead | South Africa at WEConnect International

Zandile Njamela Mampone
Zandile Njamela Mampone

Head, Supplier Inclusion and Diversity - Africa at Private

Portia Masimula
Portia Masimula

Co Founder & CEO of Karisani Sign Tech at Karisani IT

Mope Abudu
Mope Abudu

Managing Director | CEO at Knight and Bishop Consultancy

Ibilola Amao
Ibilola Amao

Principal Consultant at Lonadek Global Services

Tara Turkington
Tara Turkington

CEO at Flow Communications, South Africa

Unathi Dyonase
Unathi Dyonase

Manager Procurement System at Marriott International

Tim Omidosu
Tim Omidosu

Procurement Lead, Sub Saharan Africa at Mondelez International

Obinna Emenyonu
Obinna Emenyonu

Unilever

Nomthandazo Mpande
Nomthandazo Mpande

Director at AfroFuture Tech

Ngozi Nzegwu
Ngozi Nzegwu

CEO at Dugo Limited

Rehema Isa
Rehema Isa

Co-founder at Womanomics Africa

Candice Roberts
Candice Roberts

CEO at CallForce

Saudat Salami
Saudat Salami

CEO at Easyshop Easycook Services Ltd

Korkor Cudjoe
Korkor Cudjoe

Project Lead - Women Creating Wealth at Graca Machel Trust

Patricia Simon-Hart
Patricia Simon-Hart

CEO at Aftrac Group

Funmi Ogbue
Funmi Ogbue

CEO at Zigma Limited

Stella Okene
Stella Okene

CEO at Stelog Group

Teri Kruger
Teri Kruger

Founding Director at Synergetics Sustainable Solutions

Esther Dassanou
Esther Dassanou

Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) Programme at African Development Bank

Nishdeep Sethi
Nishdeep Sethi

Group Head Structured Finance at African Guarantee Fund

Liz Grossman Kitoyi
Liz Grossman Kitoyi

Senior Communications Officer; AFAWA at African Development Bank

Sharon Mosini
Sharon Mosini

Senior Project Manager at Credit Bank Kenya

Polo Leteka
Polo Leteka

Alitheia IDF

Otto Meyer
Otto Meyer

Director Purchasing, Sub Saharan Africa at P&G

Jeremy Faber
Jeremy Faber

PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT ADVISOR at Prosper Africa

Frida Owinga
Frida Owinga

President at ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Nnena Nwabufo
Nnena Nwabufo

Director General | East Africa Region at African Development Bank

Joseph Sunday
Joseph Sunday

Sustainable Business and Communications Director at Unilever

Zandile Mposelwa
Zandile Mposelwa

Corporate Affairs Director at KEZA

Yetunde Moito
Yetunde Moito

Head, Women Banking at First City Monument Bank Limited

Millicent Okello
Millicent Okello

Supply Chain Sustainability Manager at Safaricom PLC

Marianne Kilonzi
Marianne Kilonzi

Vice President, Treasury and Trade Solutions at Citi Bank Kenya

jazz mbanjwa
jazz mbanjwa

Managing Director at Zenzele People Professionals

Lorenzo Bell
Lorenzo Bell

Associate Director, Environmental Social Governance Services | Supply Chain Services-ESGS at EY

Phillipe Isler
Phillipe Isler

Executive Director at Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Temi Badru (née Popoola)
Temi Badru (née Popoola)

Event host and Communications expert at Voices and Faces

Charles Iyangbe
Charles Iyangbe

Regional Business Development Director, West Africa at Heifer

Sambo Ingawa
Sambo Ingawa

Economist Consultant at Economist Consultant

Betty Kiplagat
Betty Kiplagat

Government and Industry Affairs Leader, AME at Corteva Agriscience

Odueyin Okonkwo
Odueyin Okonkwo

Former SSA Social Protection, and Consultant at EEFP

Gladys Amaefule
Gladys Amaefule

MD/CEO at Bellpoint Energy

Victoria Kieti
Victoria Kieti

CEO at CHEVIK LIMITED

Kunyalala Maphisa
Kunyalala Maphisa

Businesswomen's Association of South Africa

Akingbade Akindunbi
Akingbade Akindunbi

Head, Client Relationship & Sales, Business Banking at Standard Chartered Bank

Eroshan Alagaretnam
Eroshan Alagaretnam

South Asia Regional Director at WEConnect International

Bokang Mokati-Sunkutu
Bokang Mokati-Sunkutu

African Development Bank

Mary Thuo
Mary Thuo

CEO at City Scape Trends

Jackline Achaya Obiero
Jackline Achaya Obiero

Beltoni Ltd

Adesua Dozie
Adesua Dozie

Executive Director & General Counsel at ExxonMobil

Yemi Keri
Yemi Keri

Rising Tide Africa

Madalena Santos
Madalena Santos

Director of Operations at Kua Ventures

Linet Miriti
Linet Miriti

Chief Gender Specialist at African Development Bank

Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes
Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes

Member/Investor at Rising Tide Africa

Hedwig Siewertsen
Hedwig Siewertsen

AGRA

Susan Okoh
Susan Okoh

Principal AFAWA Officer covering East Africa at African Development Bank

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Johnson & Johnson

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Trane Technologies

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Marriott International

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WBE Booth

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Liyema Consulting

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Time-Tell Nigeria Limited

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CI Coaching

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Ecogift Manufacturing

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Zilon Trading

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Dugo Limited

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Lonadek Global Services

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InSync Training

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Maina SA (Pty) Ltd

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Zans African Medical

WEConnect International Africa Regional Conference 2022

May 18 - 19, 2022