Gender Champions Meeting

Thu 20 Oct
10:00 - 12:15 UTC
Digital Event
English and French


Empowering all women: Top Strategies for African Champions


While the competitiveness of African companies is increasing, many African organizations still do not take gender issues seriously enough, with only one in three companies in the private sector citing gender diversity as a CEO priority. Furthermore, organizations do not always understand the obstacles women face in climbing the leadership ladder, including unconscious biases, lack of sponsorship, caregiver responsibilities, and psychological harassment to name only a few.

Despite the considerable progress that Africa has made in raising women’s representation in executives committee members, CEO and board roles, with numbers varying by industry and region, what can African organizations do to make gender diversity a reality and a business priority?

Throughout this digital event, including several panels and strategic workshops, be prepared to meet some of the top female executives and human resources directors in Africa. Their disciplined approach to operations will invite us to better accommodate, empower, and retain female talent operating in Africa’s private sector.


Ciku Kimeria

Africa Editor, Quartz

Lamia Merzouki

Deputy GM at Casablanca Finance City Authority, and co-chair of UNDP-FC4S 

Greg Martin

Managing Director, Diageo Africa Partner and Emerging Markets

Olatoyosi Adekoya

Dep. Director & Head, Talent Management Africa Finance Corporation

Chimdindu Onwudiegwu

Associate Partner and Country Director, Dalberg Advisors

Eva Rosa Santos

Founder Women's Leadership in Angola 

Valerie Neim

Founder INVICTAE & CEO Brazza Transactions

Néné Maïga

CEO of Orange Botswana

Yasmina Fechkeur

Founder and CEO of Fechkeur Laboratory

Chantelle Heather Sampson

Head of Business Integrity, Diageo Partner and Emerging Markets

Obi James

Inclusive Leadership Expert

Dina Lahlou

Executive coach in growth & transformation

Ololade Shyllon

Head of Privacy Policy, Africa, Middle East and Turkey, Meta (Facebook)

Participants profile

This digital event is primarily intended for CEOs, members of executive committees and boards, and human resource directors of large African companies and institutions.




What is Women Working for Change – WFC ?

WFC is the leading network of female leaders in Africa powered by the AFRICA CEO FORUM and Jeune Afrique Media Group. It provides efficient self-development and advocacy tools along with influential networking for +3700 African female executives on the continent.

Our initiatives, including panels at the AFRICA CEO FORUM and the AFRICA FINANCIAL INDUSTRY SUMMIT - AFIS, the Gender Diversity Charter, as well as an executive training program Get African Woman on Board (GAWOB), allow our members to address major gender diversity challenges within African companies and institutions.