African Women in Business Conference to be held in London

The 2nd Annual African Women in Business Conference will be held in London on 13th July 2012.

The conference to be addressed by influential African women has been organized by the Association for African Owned Enterprises (AAOE UK).

It will take place at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG, 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Washington Kapapiro, Chairman AAOE UK said:  “This year our conference will focus on ‘Women of Influence’. We will be looking to encourage women who have achieved success and hold senior leadership positions to be bold and confident in these positions and use them as platforms to wield their influence as women rather than take up these positions as “token” leaders in place just to fulfil gender equality policies.”

The conference has been endorsed by Lynne Featherstone MP – Under-Secretary of State for Equalities. “I am happy to be extending my support for the African Women in Business Conference for the second year,” Ms. Featherstone said. “The objectives of this Conference reflect those of the Government: to get more women into business and into senior leadership positions. It is essential that we get more businesses and charities to realise the benefits of having more women in their leadership teams. When the key decisions makers better reflect our society, we maximize our chances for future growth, wellbeing and prosperity.”

The Conference will celebrate African female entrepreneurs and professionals in the Diaspora.

With a line-up of speakers and special guests who in their own right wield considerable influence in the fields of Business, Politics, Lifestyle, Fashion and more, this event is set to dispel the many myths surrounding African women and inspire those coming up the ranks to pursue their dreams.

Confirmed speakers include Baroness Oona King, Labour MP and former Diversity Officer for Channel 4; Elsie Owusu OBE, partner in the firm Feilden+Mawson, principal of her own firm of architects and founder member of the Society of Black Architects; Em Ekong, Director of Urban Inclusion and the African & Caribbean Business Experience; Kubi Springer, Branding Strategist; Eryca Freemantle, International Celebrity Make-Up Artist; Carol Nyazika, Personal Branding Strategist; Nyasha Gwatidzo, Founder & Director of Vana Trust; and Justina Mutale, the African Woman of the Year, who is also the Founder and CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS.

“The 21st century presents incredible opportunities for women to reassert their position in the gender dynamics and to hold legitimate positions of authority to influence others and to influence the direction of the global agenda,” said Ms. Mutale.

AFRICAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.
Friday 13th July 2012.
11:00am to 9:00pm.
Registration & Tickets: http://aaoeafricanwomenconference.eventbrite.com/