IE participated in the biggest professional women’s conference in Africa, which took place in Lagos, Nigeria.
The WIMBIZ Annual Conference is WIMBIZ’s flagship event and is attended by over 1000 women from all over the world to discuss a broad range of issues relevant to women in the business, corporate, public and development sectors.
This 16th edition theme was ‘The Future is Here’ and featured almost 60 speakers in 8 plenary sessions and 3 breakout sessions over a period of 2 days. It focused on presenting strategies to ensure women truly advance. IE Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dr Peter Bryant, spoke on the panel ‘Manufacturing: Reclaiming Lost Glory’ along with Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe – CEO of Secure ID Group in Nigeria, Ms Monica Musonda – CEO of Java Foods in Zambia and Mr Muda Yusuf – Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Speaking about his experience at the conference, IE Professor Peter Bryant said “It was one of the most exciting gatherings I have ever experienced, anywhere. About one thousand inspired female entrepreneurs and business professionals. For two days, learning, debating and networking, with passion and commitment. This was the WIMBIZ (women in business) conference 2017 in Lagos, where I was honoured and privileged to participate. Many of the topics were regional as well, not just relevant for Nigeria. In fact, the conference exemplified the entrepreneurial energy I have witnessed in many parts of East and West Africa. The region is buzzing with innovative activity. Change is transformative there.”
WIMBIZ – Women in Management, Business and Public Service, is a non-profit organisation, formed to be a voice for women in careers and business. Through its various initiatives, including the conference, WIMBIZ seeks to inspire, empower and advocate for greater representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sectors. IE is proud to collaborate with WIMBIZ particularly through the IE-WIMBIZ Women on Boards Executive Programme, which aims to prepare women to take their place in the board room.