FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit

The Leading Women Summit is an event platform that brings together a unique collection of female leaders and trail-blazers from accross Africa and the world.

In honour of International Women’s Day, FORBES WOMAN AFRICA in partnership with Mastercard, will host the 6th FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit and Awards.

With an expected audience of 2,000 leading women, the 2021 edition of the annual event is set to be yet another powerful gathering and milestone, bringing together a unique collection of women from all walks of life to lead the discussion on the theme: Africa Reloaded: The Power Of The Collective.

The potential of the continent’s full female workforce can encourage diligent and amplified action towards a better Africa and a new world order. The new vision can be achieved only by harnessing the power of the collective and collaborating as equal stakeholders who are included in the financial and digital economy. The summit will look back on the year that changed everything, but look forward to reset Africa on a new path to recovery, growth and inclusivity.

2 Days


Through keynote conversations, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews and spotlights, get inspired by powerful women from the business, entertainment and political worlds.

Folorunso Alakija

Entrepreneur & Vice Chair of Famfa Oil, Nigeria

Zozibini Tunzi

Miss Universe 2019

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

British Actor and UNHCR High Profile Supporter

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town

Saray Khumalo

South African Explorer and Africa’s first black woman to summit Mount Everest

Dr Quarriasha Abdool Karim

South African Epidemiologist & Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA

Emma Theofelus

Lawyer and Namibian Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology

Patricia Scotland - Abbasi

Commonwealth Secretary General to Africa

Bisila Bokoko

Spanish-African-American Business Woman

Sheikha Hend Faisal Al-Qassimi

Royal Princess, Emirati Business Woman, Author and Artist (UAE)

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Former Nigerian Finance Minister and first woman and first African Director-General of the World Trade Organization

Vanessa Nakate

Ugandan Climate Justice Activist

Salima Visram

Founder of Samara and Soular Backpack

Zola Budd Pieterse

South African a middle-distance and long-distance runner

Shirley Machaba

CEO of PWC South Africa

Renuka Methil

Managing Editor of FORBES WOMAN AFRICA

Gita Gopinath

Economic Counsellor and Director of Research Department, IMF

Dr Oby Ezekwesili

Senior Economic Adviser, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI)

Piwo Nyanda

SA Women’s Rugby Player

Ruwayda Redfearn

Deloitte Africa Board Chair

Casey Moodley

Registered Nurse, working in a Covid unit

Olga Arara-Kimani

Global Head: CABM AME and Internal Communications, Standard Chartered Bank

Naleli Rugege

Fashion Designer, Performing Poet and Stylist (based in Kigali)

Natasha Muhoza

Rwandan Poet/Storyteller and Lawyer

Dr Anne Bicard

South African Emergency Doctor

Tanya van Lill

CEO of Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA)

Lianne Williams

Head of Marketing: Vuma

Dr Ameenah Gurib - Fakim

Biodiversity Scientist, Founder of the Centre for Pytotherapy Research & Former President of Mauritius

Abi Mustapha-Maduakor

Chief Executive Officer, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

Fara Ashiru Jituboh

Co-founder & CEO/CTO, Okra Nigeria

Adri Fuhri

Group CEO, e4

Ngover Ihyembe-Nwankwo

Head, Coverage, RMB Nigeria

Advocate Jackie Nagtegaal

CEO of Lipco Law for All

Oti Mabuse

Dancer, South Africa

Ilwad Elman

Somali-Canadian Activist & Director, Elman Peace Centre, Mogadishu, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Angeli Arora

Head of Private Equity & Investment Funds, Dentons South Africa

Keneilwe Gwabeni

Chief Information Officer: Telkom Business and Yep

Raisibe Morathi

Chief Financial Officer, Vodacom Group Limited

Madjiguene Sock

Partner at Dalberg Advisors & Director of Dalberg West Africa, Dakar, Senegal

Cornelia Kruah-Togba

Women’s Rights Activist (Liberia)

Langa Madonko

Co- Founder of Summit Africa a Niche Alternative Investment Manager

Ann Cairns

Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard

Ofentse Pitse

Orchestra Conductor, South Africa

Jackie Chimhanzi

CEO, African Leadership Institute

Ebehijie Momoh

Country Manager and Area Business Head, West Africa, Mastercard

Nokuthula Mkhize

Registered Nurse at CAPRISA

Yvonne Ike

Managing Director, Head of Sub Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA), Bank of America

Shama Kheraj

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UpStudio Africa

Alek Wek

British-Sudanese Model

Siddharth Chatterjee

United Nations’ Representative in China

Clare Akamanzi

International Trade and Investment Lawyer, currently the CEO of the Rwanda Development Board and a Cabinet Member

Shudufhadzo Musida

Miss South Africa 2020


See what's on the agenda

The 6th annual event is scheduled to take place from 8-9 March 2021 *Note that all scheduled times are in Central African Time (CAT). Daily Mainstage Sessions 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM CAT

What Happened Last Year

FORBES Woman Africa Leading Women Summit 2020,
Brought together influential women from across industries and professions.

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