The AWIEF Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner capped off the two-day AWIEF2022 Conference, which was held in North Africa for the first time.
The prestigious annual AWIEF Awards recognise, honor and celebrate women entrepreneurs and business owners in Africa across various industry sectors for their achievements and their contribution to the inclusive economic growth and social development of the continent.
AWIEF CEO Irene Ochem at the ceremony congratulated the winners and thanked both the international panel of judges for the AWIEF Awards and all those who submitted their nominations.
She went on to say, “I always feel a bit excited when it comes to the AWIEF Awards ceremony because it means that we are nearing the end of the year’s activities.
But it’s a bittersweet feeling because we also celebrate phenomenal women, many of whom have benefited from AWIEF’s projects.
It is an opportunity to see the fruits of our labor and to know why we do what we do”.
Izabela Milewska, Global Digital Skills Leader at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Title Sponsor of the AWIEF Awards, said: “I wholeheartedly applaud all the women gathered here today and especially all the award nominees and winners.
Your work and achievements are the north star for many other women to follow in your footsteps, learn from your incredible experience and dream big.
“Amazon Web Services is proud to partner with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum and to support this community with education and training opportunities in Africa in an effort to accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment through information technology.
The winners of the 2022 AWIEF Awards are: YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Gisèla Van Houcke, Founder and CEO, Zuri Luxury Hair and Beauty, Democratic Republic of Congo TECH ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Sahar Salama, Founder and CEO, TPAY Mobile, Egypt AGRI ENTREPRENEUR Korka Diaw, President, Réseau des Agricultrices du Nord, Senegal ENERGY ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Mona Al Adawy – Founder and CEO, GeoEnergy Petroleum Services, Egypt CREATIVE INDUSTRY AWARD Abai Schulze – Founder and Creative Director, ZAAF Collection, Ethiopia SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Lumbie Mlambo – Founder and CEO, JB Dondolo, Zimbabwe EMPOWERMENT AWARD Martha Alade – Founder, Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN), Nigeria LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Manal Amin – CEO, Arabize, Egypt Congratulations to our winners!