Lionesses of Africa Annual Conference 2017

6 September 2017  |  Inanda Club, Johannesburg, South Africa

By Invitation Only  |  Free For Invited Women Entrepreneurs


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Celebrating the Best of Women's Entrepreneurship in Africa


“Our conference is unique in that it’s for Africa’s women entrepreneurs by women entrepreneurs. Women do all the talking here! It’s about women coming together to shape our own agenda. It’s about a frank assessment of where we’re at, what the key challenges are, and how we get them sorted. It’s about finding ways to accelerate the next generation of great women-led businesses that Africa so badly needs. Importantly, it’s also a great opportunity to come together to celebrate our many successes; and, obviously to connect to do more business with each other across the continent. It most definitely avoids the tired rhetoric and ‘conference speak’ that bores us all to tears. It’s surely anything but same old, same old!”

— Melanie Hawken, founder & CEO, Lionesses of Africa


A Pan-African Gathering

300+ attendees from across Africa, all who've launched their businesses and are ready to scale 

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30+ speakers from 12 Countries representing the cream of the crop of Africa's women entrepreneurs

Visiting delegations  from key countries on the African continent


2017 Conference Downloads

Conference Venue: Inanda Club, Forrest Road, Inanda, Sandton, Johannesburg


2017 Conference Themes

The 2017 Conference features 5 specialist sessions, each led by women who are pioneers in their business sectors. Our audience gets the chance to hear from women entrepreneurs at the top of their game, who are charting a path for the next generation of women entrepreneurs to follow and build upon.


2017 Conference Speaker Panel

A speaker panel featuring many of the continent’s most successful women entrepreneurs, who will no doubt motivate and inspire a belief in all the women in the audience that they too can pursue their personal entrepreneurial dreams and make them a reality.

Melanie Hawken, Founder & CEO, Lionesses of Africa Public Benefit Corporation

Melanie Hawken, Founder & CEO, Lionesses of Africa Public Benefit Corporation

Angela Mhlanga, Head of Insurance, Standard Bank (South Africa)

Angela Mhlanga, Head of Insurance, Standard Bank (South Africa)

Tara Fela Durotoye, Founder & CEO of House of Tara International (Nigeria)

Tara Fela Durotoye, Founder & CEO of House of Tara International (Nigeria)

Dr Victoria Kisyombe, Founder & CEO, SELFINA (Tanzania)

Dr Victoria Kisyombe, Founder & CEO, SELFINA (Tanzania)


Kofo Akinkugbe, Founder & CEO, Secure ID (Nigeria)

Kofo Akinkugbe, Founder & CEO, Secure ID (Nigeria)

Kate Quartey-Papafio, Founder & CEO, Reroy Cables (Ghana)

Kate Quartey-Papafio, Founder & CEO, Reroy Cables (Ghana)

Mayleen Kyster, Founder & CEO, Africa Steel Holdings (South Africa)

Mayleen Kyster, Founder & CEO, Africa Steel Holdings (South Africa)

Polo Leteka, Executive Director, IDF Capital (South Africa)

Polo Leteka, Executive Director, IDF Capital (South Africa)


Ally Angula, Co-founder, Leap Namibia Group (Namibia)

Ally Angula, Co-founder, Leap Namibia Group (Namibia)

Flora Mutahi, Founder & CEO, Melvin Marsh International & Chairperson, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (Kenya)

Flora Mutahi, Founder & CEO, Melvin Marsh International & Chairperson, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (Kenya)

Dr Gladys Kalema Zikusoka, Founder, Gorilla Conservation Coffee (Uganda)

Dr Gladys Kalema Zikusoka, Founder, Gorilla Conservation Coffee (Uganda)

Heather Sonn, Managing Director, Gamiro Investment Group (South Africa)

Heather Sonn, Managing Director, Gamiro Investment Group (South Africa)


Vere Shaba, Founder, Shaba & Ramplin (South Africa)

Vere Shaba, Founder, Shaba & Ramplin (South Africa)

Lorna Rutto, Founder & CEO, EcoPost (Kenya)

Lorna Rutto, Founder & CEO, EcoPost (Kenya)

Salma Abdulai, Founder & CEO, Unique Quality Product (Ghana)

Salma Abdulai, Founder & CEO, Unique Quality Product (Ghana)

Andrea Böhmert, Co-Founder of KNF Ventures, Partner at Knife Capital

Andrea Böhmert, Co-Founder of KNF Ventures, Partner at Knife Capital


Juliana Rotich, Technologist, Strategic Advisor, Entrepreneur & Advisor, Africa Technology Ventures (Kenya)

Juliana Rotich, Technologist, Strategic Advisor, Entrepreneur & Advisor, Africa Technology Ventures (Kenya)

Ntsiki Biyela, Founder, Aslina Wines (South Africa)

Ntsiki Biyela, Founder, Aslina Wines (South Africa)

Renchia Droganis, Founder & CEO, Africology (South Africa)

Renchia Droganis, Founder & CEO, Africology (South Africa)

Rapelang Rabana, Founder & CEO, Rekindle Learning (South Africa)

Rapelang Rabana, Founder & CEO, Rekindle Learning (South Africa)


Phuti Mahanyele, Executive Chairperson, Sigma Capital (South Africa)

Phuti Mahanyele, Executive Chairperson, Sigma Capital (South Africa)

Yodit Eklund, Founder & CEO, Bantu Wax (Senegal)

Yodit Eklund, Founder & CEO, Bantu Wax (Senegal)

Lilly Alfonso, Founder & CEO, Lilly Alfonso (Malawi)

Lilly Alfonso, Founder & CEO, Lilly Alfonso (Malawi)

Jayshree Naidoo, Head of Standard Bank Business Incubator (South Africa)

Jayshree Naidoo, Head of Standard Bank Business Incubator (South Africa)


Suzana Moreira, Founder, & CEO MoWoza (Mozambique)

Suzana Moreira, Founder, & CEO MoWoza (Mozambique)

Nkemdilim Begho, Founder & CEO, Future Software Resources (Nigeria)

Nkemdilim Begho, Founder & CEO, Future Software Resources (Nigeria)

Catherine Mahagu, Co-founder, Soko (Kenya)

Catherine Mahagu, Co-founder, Soko (Kenya)

Ellie Hagopian, Head of Wi-Fi Strategy, Liquid Telecom & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, CSIR (USA/South Africa)

Ellie Hagopian, Head of Wi-Fi Strategy, Liquid Telecom & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, CSIR (USA/South Africa)


Chioma Ukonu, Co-founder, RecyclePoints (Nigeria)

Chioma Ukonu, Co-founder, RecyclePoints (Nigeria)

Monalisa Zwambila, Founder & Group CEO, Riverbed (South Africa)

Monalisa Zwambila, Founder & Group CEO, Riverbed (South Africa)

Lulu Rasebotsa, Managing Director, Liberty Life (Botswana)

Lulu Rasebotsa, Managing Director, Liberty Life (Botswana)

 

2017 Official Speaker Hotel - 54 on Bath

Situated in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, the 54 on Bath hotel offers our guest speakers a signature blend of luxury, style, and service. Conveniently located in the centre of the Rosebank business and shopping precinct, and also close to Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Melrose Arch, as well as the Gautrain rapid rail system the hotel is a great location for our visiting guests. Visit Hotel Website.


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