Women and the Changing Face of Entrepreneurship in Africa Conference
Harvard University, October 1-2, 2020
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend a conference on Women and the Changing Face of Entrepreneurship in Africa hosted virtually by the Harvard University Center for African Studies taking place on October 1-2, 2020. We had previously scheduled this conference for April 2020; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we opted to postpone the conference and instead proceed with a virtual event. The topic remains important, more so now than ever, as the pandemic is impacting businesses, especially women-run businesses on the African continent.
The conference will feature four panels over two days with a keynote lecture on October 1, and the Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Distinguished Lecture on African Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa will be delivered October 2 by Dr. Vera Songwe, United Nations Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa. These conversations will provide a clearer understanding of the landscape of women's entrepreneurship on the continent, identify challenges and opportunities, examine policy frameworks, and define policy actions that would position African women, leaders in global women entrepreneurship, to play a transformative role in the world’s largest emerging market.
The conference is a collaboration between Harvard University’s Center for African Studies, Lionesses of Africa, which is a 1 million-strong network of women entrepreneurs on the continent and Diaspora, London Stock Exchange Group, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and Standard Bank Group, a leading financial institution with a strong track record of supporting women entrepreneurs on the continent. The conference is also supported by Empower Africa.
We look forward to engaging with you virtually on this very important topic.
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You can find recordings of the conference below.