250 African Women Business Leaders to Convene in France to Tackle Tech, Innovation and the Effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution

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More than 200 African women business leaders are set to convene in France this July in a bid to tackle tech, innovation and the effects of the 4th industrial revolution on their varied enterprises.

The affair is a product of the Africa CEO Forum, which has extended its commitment to the advancement of women’s leadership by organizing the second edition of the event, dubbed the ‘Women in Business Annual Leadership Meeting’.

The gathering is set to be held in Paris on June 17th and 18th.

The Forum will host 250 high-level African women leaders to discuss the role of women in science, and the effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution on their businesses.

The Meeting epitomizes the organization’s belief that African women leaders can be a powerful lever for the continent’s transformation. Hosted for the first time in Paris in July 2018, the event brought together more than 150 of the most influential women in Africa’s private sector, culminating in the creation of the Women in Business Network, the first pan-African women’s influence network.

At a time when only a minority of decision-making positions in Africa’s science and innovation sectors are held by women, this second edition of the Women in Business Annual Leadership Meeting will focus on the impact of new technologies on the business world, as well as the role of women in science and technology.

From artificial intelligence to robotics and Internet of Things, the forum has affirmed that it is vital to prioritize scientific research in order to accelerate growth and meet the continent’s many needs in fields as diverse as agriculture, health, energy and finance.

As many as 250 African female leaders – heads of private companies and public institutions, managers of multinational companies and consulting firms active in Africa – will discuss these topics in interactive sessions. During the two-day event, they will also share ideas during inspirational masterclasses and practical workshops aimed at developing their leadership skills.

High-level African women leaders slated to take part in the debates include: Elisabeth Medou Badang, VP and Spokesperson for the MEA Zone, Orange; Cathia Lawson-Hall, Head of Financial Institutions Group for Africa, Société Générale; Lucy Quist, Co-founder, Executive Women Network; Toyin Sanni, CEO, Emerging Africa Group; Anta Babacar Ngom, Executive Director, SEDIMA; Habiba Laklalech, Deputy CEO, Royal Air Maroc; Nadia Fettah, CEO, Saham Finances; Ibukun Awosika, President, First Bank of Nigeria; Massogbé Touré, President, SITA; Françoise Remarck, Chair of the Board of Directors, Canal+ Côte d’Ivoire and Martine Coffi-Studer, Chair of the Board of Directors, Bolloré Côte d’Ivoire.


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