The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced the finalists for the 2022 awards.
The prestigious annual AWIEF Awards recognize, honor and celebrate women entrepreneurs and business leaders in Africa across a range of industry sectors.
Now in its sixth edition, the prestigious annual AWIEF Awards recognize, honor and celebrate African women entrepreneurs and business leaders across various industrial sectors for their achievements and contributions to inclusive economic growth and social development on the continent.
An independent jury of two former AWIEF Lifetime Achievement Award winners selected the 24 finalists in 8 categories. These outstanding women entrepreneurs and business leaders represent companies from various sectors and operate in 12 different African countries: Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
The AWIEF award winners will be announced and celebrated at a special gala dinner sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS) during the AWIEF2022 conference on September 26-27, 2022 in Cairo, Egypt.
Irene Ochem, Founder and Executive Director of AWIEF, said:
“We were once again very impressed with the entries and what women entrepreneurs and business leaders are accomplishing on the African continent.”
“Our 24 finalists embody the leadership, resilience and innovation necessary for success and we are thrilled and proud to celebrate and honor them through our AWIEF Awards.”
Daisy Molefhi, Former AWIEF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and 2022 Judge, Founder and Vice-Chancellor of ABM University College, Botswana said:
“Judging the 2022 AWIEF Awards has been an eye opener for the amazing and transformative initiatives of women across the African continent.”
AWIEF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and 2022 Judge Margaret Hirsch, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hirsch’s Homestores, South Africa, said:
“I found the 2022 AWIEF Awards to be high caliber.”
“The trial was very difficult because they were all so unique in their own way.”
“What I was looking for were women who not only run a successful business, but also help other women grow.”
The 2022 AWIEF Awards judge, Dr. Nevine Abdelkhalek, Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Nile University, Egypt, said:
“It was a valuable and enriching experience judging the 2022 AWIEF Awards.”
“I am very happy to have participated in this and I look forward to meeting the finalists in Cairo.”
“It was very difficult to choose the best of the best”.
“They are all impressive, with a clear and dedicated vision and full of passion for what they accomplish.”
Young Entrepreneur Award
Gisèla Van Houcke – Founder and CEO, Zuri Luxury Hair and Beauty, Rwanda.
Nadine Farrag – CEO and Founder, Farahy, Egypt.
Stacey Menga Onyango – Director, Minkoti Limited Agencies, Kenya.
Technology Entrepreneur Award
Faith Mokgalaka – Founder and CEO, Puno Greenery, South Africa.
Sahar Salama – Founder and CEO, TPAY Mobile, Egypt.
Thato Mabudusha Schermer – Co-founder and CEO, Zoie Health Technologies, South Africa.
Esther Kimani – Founder, Farmer Lifeline Technologies, Kenya.
Grace Kariuki – CEO, Origen Group, Kenya.
Korka Diaw – President, Women Farmers Network of the North, Senegal.
Energy Entrepreneur Award
Diana Mbogo – Managing Director, Millennium Engineers Enterprises Limited, Tanzania.
Judith Marera – Founder and CEO, Lanforce Energy, Zimbabwe.
Mona Al Adawy – Founder and CEO, GeoEnergy Petroleum Services, Egypt.
creative industry award
Abai Schulze – Founder and Creative Director, ZAAF Collection, Ethiopia.
Barbara Kamba-Nyathi – CEO, Bold Dialogue, Zimbabwe.
Vénicia Guinot – President, Tropics Group of Companies, South Africa.
Barbara Afia Class-Peter – Founder, Honor-Barbara Center for Speech, Ghana.
Johanna Cloete – Managing Director, GEN Namibia, Namibia.
Lumbie Mlambo – Founder and CEO, JB Dondolo, Zimbabwe.
Martha Alade – Founder, Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN), Nigeria.
Teresa Njoroge – Founder and CEO, Clean Start Solution, Kenya.
Velveeta Viban – Founder and Executive Director, I’m Human Org, Cameroon.
Life Achievement Award
Dalia Ibrahim – CEO, Nahdet Misr Publishing House, Egypt.
Manal Amin – CEO, Arabize, Egypt.
Nomhle Maggie Mliswa – CEO, Summerhill Farms, Zimbabwe.
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