Empretec 2016 Women in Business Awards Ceremony

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Date: 21 July 2016
Time: 18:00-21:00
Location: Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Amphitheatre

The Empretec Women in Business Award (E-WBA) is awarded to women who have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec programme – a pioneering UNCTAD programme for the promotion of entrepreneurship that operates in 36 developing countries.  In line with the theme of this year’s World Investment Forum, the E-WBA will focus on the crucial role that women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment contribute to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals agenda. The awards presentation is intended to be both entertaining and inspirational, and provide an opportunity for the entrepreneurs to share their experience on how they contribute to sustainable development in different sectors by starting at the local level. Aside from showcasing 3 finalists, 2 special mention recognitions will also be granted to a young entrepreneur and a social start-up respectively.

The ceremony will highlight the role of women entrepreneurs in developing innovative business ideas, providing jobs, and increasing incomes in their communities. It will also discuss some of the main challenges women in developing countries encounter when developing their businesses;

  • Present and celebrate the 3 winners of the E-WBA 2016

The ceremony will conclude with the announcement of partnership agreements for the 5 finalists (these could be investment opportunities, study tours, mentorships)

Issues to be addressed

  • Facilitating micro-level performance of women entrepreneurs towards achieving the SDGs
  • The impact of SDGs and other global accords on women entrepreneurs’ performance and reporting
  • Women empowerment in achieving the SDGs

Opening remarks

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD


Presenters and MCs

  • Ms. Gerry Elsdon, South Africa
  • Ms. Terryanne Chebet, Kenya


  • Ms. Maria Andrea Nallim, Empretec, Argentina
  • Ms. Fatou Gaye, Empretec, The Gambia
  • Ms. Aline Wong, Empretec, Mauritius
  • Ms. Joyce Kyalema, Enterprise Uganda
  • Ms. Tran Thi Viet, Empretec, Viet Nam
  • Ms. Brenda Omba Kayumba Lacey, Empretec, Zambia

Government Representatives

  • Ms. Maria Celia Dopeso, Minister of SMEs, Ministry of SMEs, Panama
  • Mr. Abdoulie Jobe, Minister of Trade, Ministry of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment, Gambia
  • Ms. Lisa Kubiske, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development, US     Department of State, United States
  • Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands
  • Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development, Ministry of Small Business Development, South Africa

High-level Attendants

  • Mr. Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations
  • Ms. Faith Kasiva, UN Women
  • Ms. Amisha Miller, Senior Programme Officer, Kauffmann Foundation, United States
  • Ms. Amanda Pullinger, CEO, 100 Women in Hedge Funds, United States
  • Mr. Armen Orujyan, CEO, Athgo, United States
  • Ms. Jeroo Billimoria, Managing Director, Child and Youth Finance International, Netherlands
  • Mr. Duncan Frayne, Regional Manager, Symbiotics, Switzerland
  • Ms. Beatrice Gakuba, African Women Entrepreneurship Group
  • Ms. Korkor Cudjoe, Women’s Rights Program Manager, Graça Machel Trust, South Africa
  • Mr. Beltus Etchu, Chief Executive, African Forum Scotland, Scotland
  • Mr. Fabrizio Cadillo, CEO, IDC
  • Ms. Anne Jason, Executive Sourcing Manager – Sub Saharan Africa, General Electric
  • Mr. Ahmed Badrais, CEO, Saudi Trust
  • Mr. Ricardo Finkelsztein, Director, Empretec Network, Argentina
  • Mr. Momodou Drammeh, Director, The Gambian Investment and Export Agency, The Gambia
  • Mr. Sanjay Mungur, Managing Director, Empretec Network, Mauritius
  • Mr. Charles Ocici, CEO, Enterprise Uganda, Uganda
  • Mr. Jorge Lawson, Director , Banco Nacion Argentina, Argentina
  • Mr. Kikanae Ole Père (William), Maasai Warrior

Find out more about Empretec and the Women in Business Award.