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African Women In Business (“AFRICAN-WIB”) is an organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and with chapters across the SADC nations. With far-reaching clout and impact, AFRICAN-WIB is a one-stop resource for propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.
AFRICAN-WIB propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:
  • Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
  • Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
  • Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers
Key to meeting these objectives was the formation of African Women In Business Investments Limited (“AWIBI”), a public unlisted investment company registered in South Africa, with a view to investing in wealth creating opportunities for our members and platforms through which they can create greater societal impact .
Diversity statement
AFRICAN-WIB propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:
  • Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
  • Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
  • Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers
AWIBI Leadership

Prisca Soko

Chairperson
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About Dr Mokgokong

Prisca Soko is a qualified Certified Internal Auditor (SA) with the Institute of Internal Auditors SA and has graduated with Bachelor of Accounting Science ( Honours) CTA from the University of South Africa. She completed her articles of Accounting with Deloitte South Africa.

She has extensive experience in the financial, auditing and business development work. Her 24 year career in business, finance, auditing and business development consulting has seen her serve articles at Deloitte, work as a Chief Financial Officer at the Mpumalanga Parks Board, run her own businesses in the Oil & Gas, Electrical Engineering and Manufacturing sectors both in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She served in various audit committees and boards both in the public and private sectors.
Prisca has been an active member and shareholder of Women in Oil and Energy of South Africa since its inception, and from June 2014 has been the Group Business Development Executive for WOESA Group.
In June 2019 she has been appointed Chairperson of SADC-WIB (Women In Business), an organisation with a mission to establish a strong network of businesswomen and an investment portfolio in key sectors in the SADC Region.
Prisca is the current Chairperson of African Women In Business organisation.
On outstanding recognition in 2017 she received a special award – “Women In Energy Leadership” from the Minister of Energy SA and in 2007 she was awarded “Technology Women In Business 2007 Business Woman of the Year” by the Department of Minerals and Energy in South Africa.

Shiphra Chisha

President
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About Dr Mokgokong

Shiphra Chisha holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Management Development Programme, Bachelor of Commerce and Strategic Leadership Programme.
Her previous roles include the Global Executive Head at The BRICS Institute, Chief Executive Officer at the Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust, Chairperson and Trustee of the Anglo American Inyosi Coal Community Trust, Non Executive Director of Anglo American Inyosi Coal and Inyosi Coal, Non Executive Director of Continental Coal Limited and Arkein Capital.

Ms Chisha the member of the South African BRICS Skills Working Group, the principal consultant at MKT Investments, a consulting firm established just over 13 years ago that collaborates with its network of mining communities, mining companies, government and other partners to shape an impartial and sustainable continent. She cultivates sustainable community and corporate strategy solutions through consulting, workshops and sustainable development programmes. She strives to be the catalyst between corporates and mining communities in building economically stable initiatives that benefit both parties. Her mission is to build together with businesses and governments a fair and sustainable continent that uplifts impoverished communities and the people who live in them. She pictures a continent in which everyone can maintain a thriving and noble existence within the borders of the continent’s rich resources.

Dr Chiara Chiumya

Director
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About Dr Mokgokong

Seasoned professional passionate about enterprise development and empowering others, particularly women, through active participation in women’s organisations, mentoring and capacity building.

HIGHLIGHTS
▪ Over 25 years professional experience, the last 6 years as an independent consultant in the financial sector, approximately
15 years with the Bank of Zambia (BoZ), 2 years with the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Microfinance, one year as an
Audit Senior at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and one year as a Management Trainee at Meridien BIAO Bank Zambia
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Thandeka Hlongwa

Director
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About Dr Mokgokong

Ms Thandeka Hlongwa is a qualified chartered accountant by profession and a diligent business woman who’s strengths lie in business development across various industries, corporate governance, leadership,
mentoring, to mention a few. Thandeka as a firm believer in relationships has a sound network in South Africa of business leaders, financiers and investors which in turn makes it easy for her to originate and close deals successfully. Thandeka brings a wealth of experience and passion to business. Her deep understanding of corporate governance principles, finance, accounting, auditing, risk management, taxation and regulatory environment, amongst others, allows her to add incredible value to the entities and transactions where she is involved. She is currently a director in a number of entities – where her role is mainly focused on strategy, corporate governance and business development. Her career path started at KPMG as an article clerk responsible for auditing financial institutions including banks, stock brokers and investment houses. During her articles she successfully completed both her chartered accountancy qualifying exams at first attempt. She also held a role at Absa group Investor Relations followed by her role at Absa Capital where she was responsible for tracking the performance of the Investment Banking Division and individual teams. Between 2010 and 2013 – she held a role of a Senior Lecturer at the School of Accountancy at Wits University in pursuit of her passion for education and youth development. Thandeka is a registered member at South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa.
Qualifications:
• CA(SA) (SAICA) (2006)
• B Com Accounting (Wits University) (2003)
• Higher Diploma in Accounting (Wits University) (2004)
• Fintech Programme (Said Business School – Oxford University) (2019)
• Private Equity and Venture Capital Course (Bocconi University) (2020

Tadala P. Chinkwezule

Director
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About Dr Mokgokong

• Tadala Peggy Chinkwezule is a Lawyer and the current President for the Women Lawyers Association of Malawi. WLA has successfully been instrumental in key Malawian cases being the Constitutional electoral case, Covid 19 case, Judicial Independence case and the Msundwe case which pertains to 18 women and girls from Mpingu and Mbwatalika. She holds a Bachelor of Law Degree Hons (Upper Second Class) from the University of Malawi, and a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation (LLM) from the University of Pretoria. She works for the AHL Group PLC as Legal Services Manager, ensuring that the group and all its subsidiaries comply with standard legal practice. She serves as Company Secretary for one of the subsidiaries AHL Commodities Exchange. Prior to working at AHL, Tadala worked as Legal Counsel at the Malawi Revenue Authority and as a Senior Legal Aid Advocate for the Malawi Legal Aid Bureau, then under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. She has completed secondment programmes at Edwin Coe LLP and 3 Verulam Buildings in London. Tadala is a Notary Public admitted to practice as a notary in December 2019. She is very passionate about the promotion and protection of human rights, especially women and children’s rights. Her recent publications include ‘Should practice rules and/or bar associations make pro bono legal services mandatory for lawyers’ International Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee Publications, September 2019 read the article and ‘Corporate Governance within the regime of the Companies Act 2013’, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi, Lakeshore Conference Magazine, September 2019.

She is a member of the Association of Young Arbitrators. She is a Council Member of the SADC Lawyers Association, the immediate former Vice President of Malawi Law Society and former President of YALI Association (Malawi). She serves as Board Chair for Trans World Radio Malawi, Board Member of the following institutions Standing Voices, Digital Skills and Innovations Grants Committee for the Project implemented by the Public Private Partnership Commission with funding from World Bank, Nick Webber Memorial Trust (Local), National Committee of International Lawyers for Africa program, Tikondane Children’s Shelter and Blantyre Synod Health and Development Commission. She is Founder of Estac Events, a business that has promoted close to 500 small and medium enterprises in Malawi through its market linkage platform, the Tipeze Flea Market.

The Women Lawyers Association is an independent non-profit organization made up of women lawyers from: the public sector; private practice; commercial and non-governmental organizations; law students; paralegals, professional and lay magistrates and some honorary male lawyers. It is mandated to empower women and girls and promote gender and human rights in Malawi through research, advocacy and litigation.

AWIBI Country Heads

Mmantlha Sankoloba

Chapter Country Head
Botswana
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About Dr Mokgokong

Mmantlha Sankoloba is a seasoned leader and a Social Entrepreneur with substantial experience in executive leadership, advocacy and current business practices in the manufacturing and export sector. In addition to her official duties as the Chief Executive Officer at BEMA, Sankoloba was appointed as the Chairperson of the Advisory Board for the Department of Marketing and a member of Department of Economics Advisory Board at the University of Botswana (UB). As the Chairperson of this Board, she focuses on investment and industry stakeholder relations and gives strategic direction to the Board.

Sankoloba serves in the following national committees; Export Development Apex Team, SADC National Committee, SADC Trade Related Facilities Steering Committee, Sectoral High Level Consultative Committee, Market Access Technical Committee, National Committee on Empowerment of Women in Trade , Economic Diversification Reference Group, AGOA Reference Group, Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) Sub Committee. Ms Sankoloba also functions in various platforms at Regional level on Trade (Bilateral/Multilateral) where she is identified and greatly respected by peers and valued by clients for her fantastic, pragmatic advice in the business-corporate leadership and strategy evidenced by invitations as well as high demand for participation in various business and community oriented projects, Corporate Social Responsibility projects, corporate project execution and participation in panel discussions on various issues of national/regional interest. Sankoloba is a National Champion for Friends of the Agenda 2063 club in Botswana.

Clara Mkandawire

Chapter Country Head
Malawi
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About Dr Mokgokong

PERSORNAL PROFILE STATEMENT

Clara Zione Chetama Mkandawire

Clara Chetama Mkandawire is a very dedicated and passionate woman, an entrepreneur who has a clear, logical mind with a practical approach and a drive to see things through to completion. Clara has more than 12 years of experience in managing and leading teams across multiple sectors as she has served and still serving as Chief Executive Officer for Towers Investments and a managing partner for Echo Holdings. Towers Investments deals with the supply of Protective & Safety Wear, Medical and Stationery Supplies.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. She has vast knowledge in entrepreneurship having been in business for 12 years. Clara has also served as an executive member for Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Central Region Chapter) and holds different leadership positions in other different sectors. Because of her passion for business, she has inspired and mentored a lot of young women who do not have the courage to venture into business. Clara believes that Entrepreneurs are made and any woman if given the right skills and training they will be economically empowered and run sustainable businesses thereby contribute more to the economic development of the society at large. Through her entrepreneurial journey, she has been in different high profile meetings and panel discussions hosted by different organizations like SADC, UNECA etc.

Sizakele Hlatswayo

Chapter Country Head
Eswatini
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About Dr Mokgokong

Sizakele Hlatshwayo, SADC Women in Business Country Head – Eswatini
Sizakele Hlatshwayo, SADC Women in Business Country Head Eswatini. Sizakele is a SADC Gender Champion, a Project Development Specialist and Personal Development & Empowerment Strategist with training in law and human rights. She has an experience of 20 years providing strategic leadership and oversight role in the area of gender and development at national, regional and international level. Her expertise and competencies are in project design, implementation, managing multilateral grants, research, policy review/development, advocacy, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder mobilization and conference hosting & documentation.
She is the Founder and CEO of The Daughters of Zion Initiative (DAZION) which is providing mentorship programme to women’s personal development and building their capacity on running Agricultural Businesses as a collective in order to be economically stable and independent.

Irene Kiwia

Chapter Country Head
Tanzania
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About Dr Mokgokong

Irene Kiwia is a champion for social economic development for Africa, whose career spans over 17 years in Media, Marketing, Communications, Technology and Development Programs that are focused on youth and women empowerment.
Professional Affiliations: • Founder and CEO of Frontline Media Africa – A Tech driven Pan African Media and Communications Company. • Founder and President of Twaa – An AI Learning and Mentoring platform for women and girls, from Africa to the World. • Founder of eCobba – An AI driven FinTech company designed to integrate underserved financially excluded populations in Africa into the financial ecosystems through community savings and lending platforms. • Director and Partner – Afya Rekod – an AI driven consumer-based health platform for Africa. • Co-Founder – Ada Lab – An East African Tech hub designed to support impact driven solutions for Africa.
• Founder and President of The Women of Achievement – A Not for Profit organization that works to support women and girls achieve social and economic transformation in East Africa and beyond.
Irene takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives implementation to impact advantage.
She is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in the reality of resources that levers progress. Respected as a credible voice in decision making; a champion in finding strategic partners; and a visionary in how she perceives the future. Irene is a master at integrating innovation in all that she does and has earned a seat at the table wherever she serves. Currently, as CEO of Frontline Media (FM), a privately-held, Pan African media and communication company she founded 14 years ago, Irene is overseeing the expansion of the company in 25 countries to ultimately become one of the largest media groups on the continent.
As founder of FM, Irene led the business to evolve into a world class organization serving local and global companies across Africa. During this time, she drove the partnership of FM with Porter Novelli, a leading global communication company with presence in over 80 countries; a partnership which propelled Frontline into a credible market player in the media and communication industry in Africa. She also led successful transformational programs for women and girls in Tanzania through her organization The Women of Achievement, which she then transitioned to incorporate technology. Irene is now spearheading major impact tech platforms that integrates finance, trade, health, communication and capacity building aimed at empowering young people, women and girls in Africa who lack access and minimum resources to ultimate financial freedom.
Irene who is a mom of three, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Dar es Salaam, and an MBA in Marketing from the same institution..
Some of Irene’s accolades include:
§ 2010 Fortune/State Department Global Woman Leader § 2014 Global Health and Diplomacy Fellow § 2015 Woman of The Year Africa by Africa Reconnect § 2018 Obama Africa Leader § 2018 African Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) – Empowerment Award finalist § 2017 – 2020 – Women In Africa (WIA) Tanzanian Ambassador § 2019 – Invest To Impact Tanzanian Ambassador (An initiative by Findev Canada, OPIC, CDC Investment Works, Proparco and Mastercard Foundation)

Ms Yvonne Kusuamina

Chapter Country Head
DRC
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About Dr Mokgokong

44 years old, graduated in Financial and Accounting Management at the Protestant University of Congo (2000), worked for 4 years as a payroll accountant within the United Nations World Food Program in Kinshasa (2001- 2004), and then for the Shell Group in the DRC as Payroll Specialist for 3 years (2004-2007). In 2007, Yvonne set up the company Pay Network sarl in DRC, where she currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer, and who specializes in human resources management in general, and payroll in particular. Pay Network is the result of a proven experience in human resources management. In 2019, Pay Network was the official representative in DR Congo of Mercer Africa, a subsidiary of Marsh & Mc Lennan Companies, world leader in human resources, health insurance, retirement and investments. Sharing a common vision, namely: acting today to improve our future!
Achievment:

  • Client portfolio: 44
  • Employees under management: 2,058
  • Employees under employment contracts : 473
  • Annual turnover: + or – USD 30,000,000
  • Ms Inutu Zaloumis

    Chapter Country Head
    Zambia
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    About Dr Mokgokong

    Inutu Zaloumis-Kalumba is a Zambian born property consultant who serves as Managing Director of Pam Golding Properties Zambia and provides in depth analysis of the property market regionally to enable developers and investors in real estate participate is market-driven, market-relevant property projects. Zaloumis – Kalumba served as Managing Director of Two Rivers Development Limited from 2018 TO 2019,
    a property development company developing a 102 acre mixed use, master planned urban node in Nairobi, Kenya. Two Rivers is home to the largest mall in Sub-Saharan Africa (outside South Africa). In her role she developed the initial 7 year strategic plan for the Development with a focus on development of third party residential development joint venture structures to embark on the commencement of the establishment of a resident populous within Two River; as well as onward develop commercial property assets to complete the urban node; lead negotiator for Joint Venture developments; established the framework and systems for the commercialisation for Two Rivers to be positioned as an urban development node.
    Serving as Managing Director of Pam Golding Properties Zambia a company she co-founded in 2008. In this position she was responsible for the operations, including strategy, marketing, finance and real estate consultancy services. During her leadership Pam Golding Properties Zambia became and remains the leading real estate services company in Zambia and received many accolades from the Pam Golding Properties Group including the Top Africa Franchise, Marketing Excellence Award. As Managing Director of Pam Golding Properties Zambia, Zaloumis-Kalumba was instrumental in shaping the residential, commercial and mixed use real estate landscape in Zambia. She was lead property specialist in the development of Roma Park, the first mixed use residential development in Lusaka, Zambia providing
    real estate consultancy and sales services for Afritec the developers of Roma Park. She was also the lead property consultant for Society House Business Park a US$200 million development (developed by National Pension Scheme Authority) comprising of retail, commercial and hospitality development anchored by Hilton Garden in Lusaka. She also was lead real estate consultant on the Longacres Mixed Use Development, a US$130 million project anchored by Park Inn by Radisson, developed by the Public Service Pensions Fund. She has led her team to having successfully in leased over 100,000 square metres of residential, retail and commercial leasing and sales values in excess of US$50 million. Pam Golding Properties under her leadership is recognised as the leading real estate services company in Zambia offering services across all sectors of the real estate market. Before founding Pam Golding Properties Zambia, Zaloumis-Kalumba was General Manager of Platinum Gold Equity a property development company involved in the development of retail and commercial developments. She was responsible for business development, sales and leasing. She was part of the top management team responsible for the development and onward sale of Falls Park Mall in Livingstone, Zambia and the acquisition of the Freedom Park site in Kitwe which has since been developed into the largest commercial business node in the Copperbelt, Zambia. In addition to being Managing Director of Two Rivers she serves as a member of the working group and a member of the Africa List – a select group of the top 100 CEOs in Zambia who are playing a role in driving
    economic growth. She also serves as a founding member of the Zambia Green Building Council, and a
    member of the Finance Advisory Council for the Archdiocese of Lusaka, Catholic Church. In addition, during
    her time in Kenya, she was a member of the Regulatory Bodies Working Group for the Kenya Property Developers Association. She also continues as a Director for Pam Golding Properties Zambia. She has recently been appointed as a Non Executive Director for Sanlam Life Insurance Zambia and serves as a member of the Investments Committee. In 2018, she was named one of the top 10 female influential business leaders in Zambia. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Copperbelt University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Mechanics of Real Estate Finance from Middlesex University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in
    Business Administration with the African Leadership University. She is married with three children.

    Ms Lucia Geti

    Chapter Country Head
    Zimbabwe
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    About Dr Mokgokong

    LUCIA IS A ZIMBABWEAN CITIZEN WHO GREW UP IN HARARE

    Lucia is a seasoned leader and an entrepreneur par excellence. She exemplifies a true reflection of a philanthropist. Lucia is the CEO of Lapgate fashions and has been in fashion business for 22 years. Her business serves both in Africa and in the UK. The widespread poverty of Africa made a deep impression on her to empower the underprivileged in the society through entrepreneurship. She has a National Higher Diploma in Cutting and Design, her love for children and their upliftment made her attain an ECD Certificate. She is very passionate about God in her life, this inspired her to attain a Degree in Theology from Friends University. Lucia is a symbol of charitable, selfless work. One of her passion is the love for people and knowledge on how to help them attain their goals. She has a BSc Honours Degree in Social work at WUA (Women’s’ University in Africa). She serves in church as the chairperson of International Hosting team and chair lady for ladies ministry. She is determined and consistent in serving and empowering women.

    Joyce Mwangi

    Chapter Country Head
    Namibian
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    About Dr Mokgokong

    I am a visionary organizer, highly competent in turning plans into reality, with positive results. I use tact, knowledge, and collaboration to build up networks that form common goals and objectives. These skills enable me to work towards mutual benefits, in order to create a solid base for relationship building from a value chain perspective.
    My areas of training and expertise are in leadership and organizational development, managing diverse teams in order to create a shared vision, plans of action as well as the day to day operations, alignment and fitness. I am a graduate of Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, holds a certification as a Business Trainer and Coach in Export processes and trade from International Trade Centre, Geneva. For over 20 years, I have led teams both in multinational and local companies, in Kenya, and Namibia, with great success.
    My success is rooted in a simple value system that revolve around candor, clarity, voice and dignity for all.

    Bonnie Ramaila

    Chapter Country Head
    South Africa
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    About Dr Mokgokong

    Bonnie Ramaila is a seasoned communication and marketing expert and professional with over 20 years’ experience in the communication, public relations, media liaison, advertising, branding, eventing, marketing, reputation management, business development, and stakeholder relations and management in both the private and public sectors. She previously worked in reputable market research; marketing; public relations; advertising and media companies in South Africa and the UK, as well as national government viz; Government Communications (GCIS) and The Presidency. She has a broad understanding of issues in the socio-economic and political environment in the continent and experience in handling and managing political offices.

    She runs her own business and communication consultancy, offering bespoke communication solutions to clients’ needs in international organisations, the private and public sectors, and individual clients.

     

    Sofia Dias Cassimo

    Chapter Country Head
    Mozambique
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    About Dr Mokgokong

    As an entrepreneur, Sofia is Founder of Sublime Special Events &Catering (sustainable and gourmet Corporate Catering); Founder of Sublime Foods and Goods(Retail and trade of national products made and produced by Women); Founder and CEO of Samsara Development and Investmen (Advisory and Consulting for impact investment and development) As Founder and Executive Director of SamSara development and Investment Sofia as build a portfolio of program design and management with focus on economic empowerment and social development of women and youth. Sofia also works since 2016 as Sharing Catalyst (business development, mentoring, managing and training activities) at ideiaLab, Lda, a consultancy company focused on SME´s development and on the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation, in Mozambique. During her professional career she has trained more than 700 entrepreneurs and provided mentoring and business advisory for more than 200 women and young entrepreneurs.

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