Former Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is among the high-profile speakers set to address a two day meeting of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) in November, organisers said on Friday.
Gurib-Fakim, who was sworn in as Mauritius six president in 2015, becoming its first female leader, will address the November 8-9 event to be held under the theme “Unleashing Ideas: Innovation, Sustainability & Enterprise Growth” in Cape Town.
AWIEF is a platform that brings together thought leaders, industry experts, policymakers, academics, development organisations, and investors to discuss how to accelerate the growth of women-owned and women-led businesses for Africa’s inclusive economic growth.
Gurib-Fakim was elevated to the Order of GCSK by the government of Mauritius and received the Legion d’Honneur from the government of France in 2016, and was ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women.
Newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, will also address the forum.
Phakeng was elected as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa in November 2007, an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society in May 2009, and an honorary life member of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa in July 2009.
AWIEF has also lined up other high-profile thought leaders including Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, African Union commissioner for rural economy and agriculture, Basetsana Kumalo, executive chairperson and CEO of Basetsana Woman Investment Holdings and Namibia’s First Lady Monica Geingos, among others.