AFRICA CEO FORUM Deepens Efforts to Promote Women’s Leadership


March 9, 2018//-The AFRICA CEO FORUM, which takes place on 26 and 27 March in Abidjan, Ivory Coast unveiled its three high-impact events bringing women’s leadership to the fore.
 Launched during the 2016 edition, the AFRICA CEO FORUM’s Women Initiative, in partnership with NSIA, is ramping up efforts to accelerate women’s leadership in Africa this year.

The first of these high-impact actions is the Women on Board drive, which began ahead of the AFRICA CEO FORUM with the aim of promoting African women’s access to the highest level of corporate decision-making: the board of directors.

The operation is being rolled out in two phases: firstly, identifying the African women leaders qualified to join boards of directors and the companies that want to “feminise” their board of directors; and secondly, to foster networking during and after the Forum.

The second is having Nigeria’s Folorunso Alakija, Vice-President of Famfa Oil and Africa’s second richest woman, open the panel dedicated to showcasing the exceptional careers of inspiring women leaders. She will present and explain the keys to her success and her recommendations for promoting women’s leadership in Africa.

Last, but not least, for the 80 women lucky enough to attend, is a workshop dedicated to top-level personal development, led by consulting firm McKinsey.

Instructively, for six years now, the AFRICA CEO FORUM has been the foremost annual meeting of Africa’s private sector with public-decision makers, business leaders and investors from around the world.

It is organized by Jeune Afrique Media Group, publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and by Rainbow Unlimited, a Swiss company specializing in organizing events that promote business. Co-hosting the 2018 edition is the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group).

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