Photograph — African Media Agency

The AFRICA CEO FORUM will be hosting the second edition of the Women in Business Annual Leadership Meeting in Paris on June 17 and 18, 2019. The meeting is a gathering of African women executives from the Women In Business Network, the first pan-African women’s influence network.

The Women In Business Network is a brainchild of the Africa CEO Forum, with its objective being to promote female leadership on the continent due to the belief that African women leaders can be the drivers for the continent’s transformation. The meeting’s first edition in July 2018 hosted around 150 Business women leaders on the continent in Paris, where they explored the importance of building a network of influence in order to develop their companies and maintaining an international outlook to business in Africa.

This year, the meeting will be exploring the importance of innovation and technology, especially their impact on the business world, and the role women in business will play in the fourth industrial revolution. From artificial intelligence to robotics and Internet of Things, it has never been as important as now to prioritize scientific research in order to accelerate growth and meet Africa’s many needs in sectors like agriculture, health, energy, and finance.

250 African Female leaders, including 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 will all be a part of the meeting.

The sessions on innovation and technology will take place for two days where speakers and debaters will be exploring how African companies can innovate and leverage technology in interactive sessions while also sharing ideas during inspirational masterclasses and practical workshops aimed at developing their leadership skills.

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