The World Economic Forum has launched a search for Africa’s top female innovators, with the aim of bringing the brightest and best of them to its annual World Economic Forum on Africa meeting, which takes place this year on 11 to 13 May 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.
The challenge to find Africa’s top female innovators is open not only to technology entrepreneurs: budding fashion designers, retailers, farmers or anyone else who has demonstrated a track record in deploying innovative technology or business models, as well as having given something back to society along the way, is encouraged to register for the challenge.
“Africa’s best resource is its people and the best way to empower a new generation of wealth and job creators is to create an environment where these people can flourish. We have launched a challenge to identify Africa’s top women innovators because we know that the female half of the population in particular needs champions and role models,” says Elsie Kanza, World Economic Forum Head of Africa.
The closing date to register for the challenge is Monday 25 April. The Forum will invite the five best entrepreneurs, selected by a panel of experts, to the World Economic Forum on Africa, which will take place on 11to 13 May 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, where they will be able to meet top leaders from across business, government and civil society as well as potential investors.
The Co-Chairs of the World Economic on Africa include Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, African Development Bank (AfDB) President; Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company; Tony O. Elumelu, The Tony Elumelu Foundation Foundcer; Philippe Le Houérou, Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC); Graça Machel, Founder, Foundation for Community Development (FCD) and Tarek Sultan Al Essa, Agility Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board.