Advisory Board

REGRegina Honu

Social Entrepreneur & Founder Soronko Solutions Limited (Ghana)

Regina is the CEO of Soronko Solutions. She was recently unveiled as the 2016 Vlisco Brand Ambassador.She was featured on CNN as one the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She was named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies. She was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the year by the GPA Awards from Africa 2.0 and JCI Ghana Outstanding  Young Person award for scientific and technological advancement. Soronko Solutions was nominated for the editor’s choice award in the Women in IT award in the UK. She was featured on CNN African Voices,CNN African Startups and interviewed by BBC World Service, Deutsche Welle and Aljazeera. She is an Ashoka Fellow,Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow, Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, Vital Voices Fellow and a Change Leader with Tigo Reach For Change. She belongs to Africa Leadership Initiative West Africa . Her story was published in the Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook, Impatient Optimist blog by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was a finalist for the ITU African Digital Woman of the Year.

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shimiteShimite Bello 

Executive Secretary, Delta State Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (DMSPresident/CEO, Quintessential Group (Nigeria)MA) & Group

Lady Shimite Bello is Group President/ CEO of Quintessential Group, a conglomerate of Non-Governmental Organizations, Social Business Enterprise and Limited Liability Companies in the Agriculture and Solid Mineral sector of the economy. Prior to this, she served as CEO and President of several companies in the media, travel and Agricultural sector of Nigeria. Shimite is renowned for her intricate Knowledge of Micro-Finance, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Human Capital Management, Job and Wealth Creation, through innovation in the Agriculture and Solid Mineral value chain, utilizing grassroots women and youth entrepreneurs as drivers of the process. She infuses her leadership with a thorough understanding of the African rural community and the African marketplace.

An associate member of Women in Management, Business and public service (WIMBIZ), A steering Committee member of USAID/NEXTT (Nigerian Expanded Trade & Transport)- LAKAJI Trade Corridor and the Agric–Business Development Specialist in the Association of Non-Bank Microfinance Institutions of Nigeria (ANMFIN).

Shimite’s aim is to add her quota in projecting Nigeria and the African Continent in a positive light as well as support organizations interested in providing financial support and investment, technical support and investment within this territory, and other relevant activities that will bring about development and socio-economic growth and sustainability.

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nathalieNathalie Chinje

Founder/CEO Upbeat Marketing (Pty) Limited
(South Africa)

 

Dr. Nathalie Chinje is the Founder and Director of UPbeat Marketing, a marketing consultancy based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Chinje also serves as the Executive Director for WEConnect International - South Africa, a corporate-led non-profit that empowers women business owners to succeed in local and global markets.

Further, she is a faculty member at Wits Business School and Duke Corporate Education, South Africa where she teaches Marketing and Customer Centricity. She has also delivered training interventions for leading organisations in the public and private sector.

Dr Chinje’s functional skills include:
• Advanced Research
• Communication and Marketing
• Programme Management
• Training/Capacity Building and
• Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Strategy and Monitoring & Evaluation of social interventions

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candideCandide Leguede 

Founder/Director General, ARCANDIA
Consulting Services & President, ECOWAS Federation of Business Women & Entrepreneurs - ECOWAS-FEBWE (Togo)

Mrs Candide Leguede is a very dynamic and well renowned citizen of Togo and President of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Togo. She is an activist for women economic empowerment and is fighting for the free movement of people and goods within the ECOWAS community.

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candide.pngToki Mabogunje

Principal Consultant Toki
Mabogunje & Co. & Vice President
Lagos Chamber of Commerce and
Industry - LCCI (Nigeria)

Toki Mabogunje is a business consultant interested in the growth of small and medium enterprises in Africa. Toki has worked in the public sector. In the private sector , she was part of a local enterprise which grew into a Global player. She became President of its American subsidiary. Toki founded the firm Toki Mabogunje and Co. (TMC) in the year 2000, She has brought her skills, training, expertise and experience to bear when consulting with clients seeking to grow their market share in Nigeria, Africa or elsewhere globally. She is currently a Vice-President at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce.

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IreneOchemPhotoIrene Ochem

Founder & Chief Executive Officer AWIEF/Managing Director, ICO Conferences and Events Ltd. (South Africa & Nigeria)

Irene Ochem is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF). She leads the strategic management of AWIEF and its external relations and oversees the implementation of all its activities and programmes. Irene’s passion for female innovation, technology and entrepreneurship coupled to her strong belief that Africa’s transformation is possible and can be achieved through enhanced economic empowerment, participation and leadership for its women and girls led her to found AWIEF in 2014.

Irene is an Entrepreneur and an International Development Specialist with international experience of over 25 years working in Europe and Africa. She is Owner and Managing Director of ICO Conferences & Events Limited, an international professional conference planning, production and event management company based in South Africa and Nigeria.

Irene spent decades working for international organisations including United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and as International Consultant for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). She worked two years as Research Administration Manager for University of Cape Town.

Irene holds Bachelor and post-graduate degrees from University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria), University of Trieste (Italy) and an MBA from University of London (UK). Other post-graduate qualifications are in Project Management, Gender and Trade-related issues. She writes, speaks and participates widely in international meetings on women and gender.

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luciaLucia Quachey

President, Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs & Vice President ECOWAS-FEBWE (Ghana)

Lucia is also the IWPG Peace Ambassador; Among the First 5000 women of the world by American Biographic Institute 1989; Among 100 women in the world that has made impact on the lives of women. She was awarded the Woman of the Year Award (1995 and 1997); The International Award in Serving Women Entrepreneurs of Africa by World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME)(1997); The Noble International Award in for Eminent West African who upholds the Virtues of Honesty, Integrity and Accountability  (2005); A TV Africa recognition for women achievers in Ghana (Mba Mo) 2009.

In addition, she wrote and delivered numerous paper pertinent to women and micro, small and medium enterprises at National and Global Conferences and Co-authored three books:

  1. Maintaining the Momentum of Beijing, Part 1:  Gender Development in Ghana:

The Beijing Factor, Pg.55

  1. Entrepreneurship in Africa:  A STUDY OF SUCCESS
  2. Africa, Continent of Economic Opportunity.

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zaineb 2Zainab Saleh

Ex-President, International Women's Society (IWS) Lagos (Nigeria)

Zainab Saleh heads various organizations as the Managing Director as well as the Marketing Director of File Right Limited. She is also currently the Managing Director of Brains and Hammers Facility Management Limited and the Executive Director, Operations, Check Inn Hotels.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State as well as other certification for other professional courses attended.

Zainab has over eighteen years working experience in general administration, operations/logistics, business development/consultancy, and documents (records) management from various industries such as the Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Legal, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate and Construction, giving her a wealth of experience in these fields and thus, the mantel of leadership in the organizations she runs. She also sits on the board of other organizations as an Executive Director.

Zainab has always had a passion for sports. She is an avid karateka and squash player. Her dedication and experience for the sport of karate has yielded her the position of Lagos State Technical Director for Karate. She is a recognized continental referee and was also the Chairperson Women’s Affairs Commission, Union African Karate Federation (UFAK) and at a point in time, a member of the Technical Committee for the Karate Federation of Nigeria.

She has contributed immensely to the advancement of the sport in Nigeria, and has encouraged and promoted active participation of women in the sport. She single handedly organized a successful female international open karate championship that was well recognized. She is a role model to other female karatekas, and her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed by them.

At various times, she has served as the Assistant General Secretary, and Squash Captain of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.

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ruka sanusiRuka Sanusi

Founder & Principal Alldens Lane Limited (Ghana)

Ruka Sanusi is a management consultant with a unique focus on providing advisory services in the areas of business strategy and business operations. Her career to date has been built around her abilities to both provide advice on matters of business strategy and business operations, and organizing resources and facilities to implement recommendations.  She has strategic and operational ability.

A skilful professional with 20 years of international consulting experience, Ruka conveys a deep knowledge of matters pertinent to business management, strategy development and organisational transformation. Ruka has advised governments, public sector organisations and private corporations on international projects and assignments in 16 sub-Saharan African countries. She has lived in the UK, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria

An MBA holder (cum laude), Ruka is the Founder of Alldens Lane, a boutique business strategy consulting firm which has a unique focus on providing advisory services as well as executive and business coaching services to women-owned enterprises in the small and growing business sector.  Through Alldens Lane, Ruka provides women in business with business direction, balanced support and thought provoking business performance and growth analytics, from which they can grow and transform their businesses – and their lives.

Prior to founding Alldens Lane, Ruka served as part of the senior management team at PwC Ghana and PwC Nigeria for over a decade; and the decade before that she worked with the global corporation Crown Agents UK, as part of their international consulting team serving clients in Africa and the Caribbean.

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michelle korevaarMichelle Korevaar 

Marketing Strategist & Founder of SPICE4LIFE.co.za (South Africa)

Michelle Korevaar is passionate about strategy, filling the gaps and collaborating with dynamic partnerships, innovative leadership, utilising technology, media and global expertise to do good business for good and inspire Africa through example. "If not now...when?"

As a marketer, she offers consultancy to boards, brands, & personalities. She utilizes her experience in Brand Management, Media, and Public Relations to articulate their vision & create a strategy including innovative marketing mixes, to ensure exponential growth & success. She also enjoys facilitating the process of filling the gaps in mobilizing entrepreneurial vision, mentorship, youth vocational training, SDG and Global issues involving women, youth, education, online/mobile media, technology and global consumerism.

SPICE4LIFE; launched in 1999; is her continuing mission. Spreading Passion & Inspiration by Connecting through Edutainment 4 Life.

SPICE4LIFE.co.za offers a ground based network of over 49 000+ subscribed women which stay connected and inspired by the news it shares through real people and real stories, covering all areas of a woman's life. The site offers contributors, entrepreneurs and community an opportunity to have a voice and grow their online reputation. Proudly one of South Africa’s independently owned websites, they always aim for the stars

Participation in International seminars, building strategic local & international networks, affiliations with women's Organizations, and media partnerships further enable sharing success stories, example, thoughts, dialogue, expertise & inspiration as a global village

She is an active philanthropist and she assists where she is able to make the most impact.

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Lungi Morrison

CEO OniBEspoke

Communications Executive, Curator & Change Agent (South Africa)

Ms Lungi Morrison is a humanitarian by nature, a social development strategist and communications executive whose depth of experience and skills enables her to traverse both commercial, social and public service development landscapes.

 

Lungi has lived, studied and worked in a number of different countries, including among them Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Brazil, the UK (including time in Norway), New Zealand and parts of the United States of America. As such, Lungi’s ability to adapt to different cultures means she is not only multi-lingual but also, predisposed to adapting to diverse human experiences.

 

Post-apartheid, in 2008, Lungi participated in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS awareness programs, education initiatives and brand development programs tantamount to South Africa’s transformation agenda. Not only did she participate in these but she also worked with the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation (based in Silicon Valley San Francisco) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who supported the roll out of innovative youth initiatives like loveLife which engaged the United Nations youth agenda and key local and global media which included MTV.

 

Apart from the social programs, Lungi has also participated in the retail space where she worked with renowned brands that include Nestle, Coca Cola, Gucci, and Levis. Her experience in the retail industry enabled her to work as consultant with the then pioneering African fashion brand, Stoned Cherrie, founded by Nkensani Nkosi. Stoned Cherrie was at the time among the only authentically African fashion and design houses championing South Africa’s pre-millennial fashion revolution.

 

In 2010 Lungi worked for global African sponsor of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, African telecommunications giant MTN. Her roles included managing multi-pronged stakeholder portfolios, which included liaising with South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Coordination (DIRCO), Foreign Affairs. She interacted directly with Ambassadors and Ministers in markets where MTN has a footprint; Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana as well as working with the Local Organizing Committee in Johannesburg. Leading up to, during and post the Soccer World Cup, Lungi also informed strategic delivery of MTN’s CSR Legacy initiative - 1Goal, United Against Malaria (FIFA World Cup Education Legacy Campaign, engaging local and global campaign ambassadors including artist Kelly Rowland and a few football stars). Lungi also facilitated partnerships between MTN and African Leadership Academy founded by Fred Swaniker and Acha Leke (based in Johannesburg).

 

In 2014 Lungi participated in the executive development summer program at Harvard University graduate school Boston Massachusetts, studying Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Emerging markets (BRICS). She has served and interacted with global leaders including, Gordon Brown, Malala Yusuf, Sir Richard Branson, Strive Masiyiwa, ex-President Thabo Mbeki, Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel.

 

Seeking to consolidate her multi-disciplinary experience that spans two decades, Lungi established an e-commerce business, Onibespoke (www.onibespoke.com) in 2016. This is a contemporary lifestyle brand, which curates African designs specifically, interior décor, accessories and art. ‘Oni’, is a Yoruba word meaning ‘source’.

 

As a keen Pan-Africanist, Lungi believes that art is a fundamental driver of Africa’s ‘new economy’ and narrative. Through her new brand, Lungi seeks to unearth the ‘gems’ inherent to Africa’s heritage, their provenance, indigenous knowledge, legacy and ingenuity. She believes, as an African woman, it is important to take ownership of how Africa’s creative industry is marketed and ‘sold’ in key markets that include the UK, Scandinavia, the United States and Asia.

 

Lungi is a global citizen, mother, and eco-warrior, who passionately applies her social development, ethnographic, communications and brand strategy skills in inspiring and connecting people everywhere to their devine spark - the beauty that makes each of us a ‘creative-alchemist’.

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Vuyisa Qabaka

Marketing Partner at Entrepreneur Traction (South Africa)

It’s no secret that women have historically faced greater barriers then men when it comes to fully participating in the economy.

Vuyisa, who has an extremely impressive list of accomplishments and titles where he has been, or still is instrumental in bringing positive impact to good business for good. His support and role as a Strategic Advisor for AWIEF on the 2017 Advisory Council, is a very real example of “He for She”, where strong influential men support the advancement of women as equals.

Not only is he a Tech and Small Business Advisor, but he is also a Host / Presenter for Business Beat at Cape Town TV, a Writer / Contributor for Business Report and a popular Speaker for Business/ Entrepreneurship and African tech startup.

VUYISA QABAKA is a lean start-up practitioner and partner at venture builder, Entrepreneur Traction. He holds directorships on various start-up boards, and a non- executive director seat at the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF).

Past projects have included setting up creative business strategies and innovation spaces, as well as consulting at executive committee level, with a focus bringing disruptive market positioning, offbeat social impact initiative and ecosystem development. Being involved with numerous companies and projects over the years, Vuyisa has built up extensive experience in corporate communications, business innovation, business development and marketing. His journey into entrepreneurship already started as a 2nd year student when he was involved with launching a student magazine and the Afriquezeen restaurant at UCT Upper Campus.

Vu or “Chief”, as he is known in business circles, currently consults in marketing and communications for the ICT industry in the Western Cape and gives back through various social impact initiative, such as Impact Mzansi, Open Design Festival, Purple Cow Ventures and the Farm Mzansi cooperative.

He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) Degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Property Analysis at the University of Cape Town and a Design Thinking in Practice short course from the D-School, at the UCT Business School. Vuyisa is currently studying towards a Certificate in Digital Money through Digital Frontiers.

Vuyisa is a regular tech media contributor and has a weekly column in the Business Report, part of the Independent Media Group and the largest English language business publication in South Africa. He also writes a blog on the township economy called Kasi Economics (read more at www.kasieconomics.com) and mentors start-ups in various townships for the Kasi2Kasi initiative. But his media talents extend further than just writing. He is the television host/presenter of Business Beat on Cape Town TV (DSTV Channel 263).