The conference featured four panels over two days with a keynote lecture on October 1, and the Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Distinguished Lecture on African Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa was delivered October 2 by Dr. Vera Songwe, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa. These conversations provided a clearer understanding of the landscape of women's entrepreneurship on the continent, identified challenges and opportunities, examined policy frameworks, and defined policy actions that would position African women, leaders in global women entrepreneurship, to play a transformative role in the world’s largest emerging market.
The conference was a collaboration between Harvard University’s Center for African Studies, Lionesses of Africa, which is a 1 million-strong network of women entrepreneurs on the continent and Diaspora, London Stock Exchange Group, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and Standard Bank Group, a leading financial institution with a strong track record of supporting women entrepreneurs on the continent. The conference was also supported by Empower Africa.
This event was free and open to the public. You can view the recordings, conference agenda, and speaker bios by CLICKING HERE.