Cape Town is well known as the Gateway to Africa and this rings true with the highly successful AWIEF bringing its forum to our shores.

AWIEF is the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, which will this year be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, 5 – 6 October.

The theme for 2017 is “Impact and Inclusive Growth towards Agenda 2030”

Our very own Ms Michelle Korevaar, Founder & Chief Excitement Officer of SPICE4LIFE, has been appointed as Marketing Director and a Member of the Advisory Council for AWIEF 2017.

Michelle had this to say; ” What an honour to be asked to serve this amazing organisation. Purpose driven business that benefits women, youth, society and the world at large is my greatest passion. I look forward to an exciting year ahead, working with an amazing dynamic team with a mission to bring positive impact for not only women in South Africa but for women in Africa and including women delegations from abroad”

Read more of Michelle’s profile here

Another appointment to the 2017 AWIEF Advisory Council is Vuyisa Qabaka, an instrumental player for showcasing South African talent within multiple sectors. It takes strong men to support and facilitate strong women to thrive, and this is what Vu, along with a wealth of expertise and a valuable network, brings to AWIEF.

VUYISA QABAKA is a tech and small business advisor, as well as 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).

Read more of Vuyisa’s profile here

The Forum is guided by a Board of Trustees, dedicated individuals who act as guardians of its mission and values, and oversee the Forum’s work in advocating gender equality across the continent by promoting and supporting women’s economic empowerment through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Led by Founder and Chief Executive Officer Irene Ochem, AWIEF’s activities are managed by its executive leadership. 

Together, including trailblazers like Ms Lungi Morrison (Grand-daughter of the venerable Archbishop Desmond Tutu) and Justice Amina Augie (Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria) and the leadership of Founder Director Irene Ochem, this team’s mission is to find the very best speakers, partners and candidates to ensure that the greatest impact and inclusive growth towards the Agenda 2030 becomes a reality.

Read more on Irene’s Profile here

Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro said “On behalf of the official destination marketing organisation for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro, it is my pleasure to confirm the 3rd Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) will take place in Cape Town between the 05” – 06 October 2017.

And in closing the welcome message from the Mayor of Cape Town summarises the significance of the AWIEF Forum in Cape Town beautifully;

“Women entrepreneurship has the potential to transform Africa, reduce poverty and faster sustainable development. AWIEF is a premier pan-African women’s economic empowerment  network that connects emerging with established women entrepreneurs and innovators. It works to equip young and next-generation female entrepreneurs with the tools to succeed. This conference provides a platform for discussions and dialogue that support the enabling conditions for African women to grow as successful entrepreneurs, be economically and socially empowered, and learn form various experiences and challenges across the continent’s borders. AWIEF 2017 will unveil comprehensive strategies for enhanced economic participation and opportunities for women throughout the continent.

This conference is therefore an excellent opportunity to network, learn and to springboard your business into Africa.

We believe this conference will showcase the investment opportunities that Cape Town and South Africa have to offer. We trust that you will enjoy your stay in Cape Town and that te event will be a success!”

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