Women in Entrepreneurship

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Women in Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Development

WEISED 2013The WEISED 2013 Event took place on 16 -17 May 2013 at the Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa, under the Theme: BOOSTING SUSTAINABLE CONCEPTS & CREATING HIGH PERFORMANCE ALLIANCES. The event was officially opened by Hon Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe of the South Africa Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Hon Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe of the South Africa Ministry of Trade and Industry.Elizabeth Thabethethe

Leading women from across Sub-Sahara Africa, the Diaspora and beyond are increasingly concerned about the effects of the limited infrastructure and sustainable energy opportunities available and the impact it is having on the social and economic development of their communities.
The Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) teamed up with Leading Women of Africa (LWA) to work in partnership and organised The Women in Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Development (WEISED) International Conference 2013.
WEISED has been developed as a follow on from the GWIIN event held in Accra, Ghana on the 24 April 2012 and the recent report by the newly launched Women Investment Programme (WIP), a part of the Leading Women of Africa, which emphasises the significant and positive role women play in various sectors such as Oil And Gas, Construction & Housing<, Solutions For Water And Sanitation Crisis In Africa, Women’s Entrepreneurship and Women In Investment.


  • WEISED 2013 was an inspirational gathering of innovative leading women, top decision makers from governments, academia, private sector and the multilateral organisations from across Africa and the United Kingdom.
  • WEISED 2013 was attended by over 100 delegates from public and private sectors including Botswana, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, UK and South Africa, creating therefore a powerful networking and dialogue for economic and social growth opportunity. The Two full and interactive days offered delegates perspectives from thought provoking speakers from various sectors.
  • Sectors represented at the event included but not limited to: renewable energy, construction, oil and gas, International Trade, Investment, Education, engineering, waste management, manufacturing, beauty and cosmetics product development.
  • A platform was offered for Exhibition & Showcase of innovative ideas, products and service
A SHOWCASE OF VARIOUS innovative products by women from Africa were on display

Various Products

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERSThe delegates were honored with presence of high profile Leaders from across Africa including Hon. Elizabeth Thabethe, Deputy Minister of the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa, Iyom Josephine ANENIH, Immediate Past Minister for Women, Nigeria and Founder/President Women Foundation of Nigeria (WFN), Mrs Jeanine Mabunda Lioko, member of the National Assembly & Former Government Minister of the DRC, representing the Equateur Province and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Randgold Resources Limited.
Guest Speakers also included

  • Ms Viola MANUEL, Executive Director Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, South Africa
  • Ms Peggy MAHLABA, Director, Imbokotho Engineering, Electrical Infrastructure Engineers.
  • Ms Julia MODISE, Director: VJ Green Solutions, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ms Elize STROEBEL, CEO, Johannesburg Housing Company. South Africa
  • Ms Tshilidzi DLAMINI, Group Sustainability & Environmental Manager, PPC Limited
  • Mr Bob HOLT, Chairman MEARS GROUP PLC, United Kingdom, Ms. Shannon ROYDEN-TURNER, Director, In/Formal, South Africa, Mr Sameer HAJEE, Co-Founder & CEO, Nuru Energy
  • Ms Ruth MASOKOANE, Chair, South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN)
  • Dr Liesbeth BOTHA, Executive Director: Materials Science & Manufacturing at the CSIR, South Africa
  • Ms Bukky BELLO-JAIYESIMI, Special Adviser To The Free Trade Zone In The Republic Of Benin & Director & D.W Realtors Ltd, Nigeria
  • Ms Patricia SEPTEMBER, Directorate: Economic Empowerment, Department of Economic Development & Tourism Western Cape Government
  • Ms Bose AGBESANWA, Director TEACHRIGHT, United Kingdom
  • Ms René Petersen PARKER, Director, RLABS, South Africa
  • Ms Ritta VANSKA, Mobile Learning Specialist, South Africa
  • Ms Mekedes H. MEKURIA, Exc. Director and Regional Rep World Women Trade Fair-Africa, Ethiopia
  • Ms. Achamyelesh ASHENAFI, President, Addis Ababa Women Entrepreneurs Association and Owner, Konimix Trading, Ethiopia
  • Ms Yehualawork ESHETE, Ministry of Industry, Ethiopia
  • Ms Naadiya MOOSAJEE, Co-Founder, SAWomEng, South Africa