Gems from the East: EAC women shine at 3rd International Woman Leadership Conference in Dubai

  • Not less can be said of what transpired over three days at the third annual International Woman Leadership Conference

DUBAI, UAE: When powerful women leaders from across Africa and the diaspora gather to engage in meaningful dialogue and share their diverse experiences, there can be only one outcome—explosive, paradigm-shifting, knowledge-boosting sessions.

Not less can be said of what transpired over three days at the third annual International Woman Leadership Conference, held in partnership with Dubai Tourism to provide an engaging platform where issues hindering women’s interconnectivity are examined and removed to help women move forward. United in the strength to change the story of Africa’s nations, the conference has become a beacon of empowerment for today’s career women and leaders.

True to its form, the conference was a dazzling display of continental and global talents and vision, with notable figures drawn from across Africa and the diaspora.

Claire Akamanzi, Josephine Wapakabulo, and Lena Zamchiya, each with their unique journeys and insights, held their own. They shared impactful stories of courage from East Africa that resonated with attendees.

Claire Akamanzi CEO of NBA Africa
Claire Akamanzi CEO of NBA Africa

Claire Akamanzi, a distinguished Rwandan lawyer, businesswoman, and former ED/CEO of Rwanda Development Board, who began her tenure as the CEO of NBA Africa, delivered a keynote address in which she told Rwanda Stories of Leading with Courage – A Changemaker’s Mindset.

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She identified three types of courage that leaders need to possess to be successful: the courage to forgive (without forgetting the need for justice), the courage to dream big, and the courage to always do the right thing.

Founder & Managing Director at TIG Africa, Dr Josephine Wapakabulo, inspired awe in attendees during a plenary tagged Experiences from the Real World. From leading Quality and Continuous Improvement at Rolls Royce Europe to becoming the inaugural CEO of Uganda’s National Oil Company (UNOC)–the first woman in the world to be the founding CEO of a national oil company, the richness of Dr Wapakabulo’s contributions testified to her impressive experience working on national levels and global luxury brands.

Founder & Managing Director at TIG Africa, Dr Josephine Wapakabulo.
Founder & Managing Director at TIG Africa, Dr Josephine Wapakabulo.

Her session and insights no doubt, left a lasting impression among conference delegates.

Lena Zamchiya, during a conversation with the conference convener and founder of the Ibukun Awosika Leadership Academy, Ibukun Awosika, shared multigenerational learnings on leading with courage.

Zamchiya, a distinguished professional known for her leadership and entrepreneurial skills, is the Chief Operating Officer for Friendship Bench Zimbabwe.

She shared valuable insights on leveraging leadership to strengthen institutions, processes, and systems.

L-R: Convener of The International Woman Leadership Conference Dubai, Mrs Ibukun Awosika; and Founder & Managing Director at TIG Africa, Dr Josephine Wapakabulo
L-R: Convener of The International Woman Leadership Conference Dubai, Mrs Ibukun Awosika; and Founder & Managing Director at TIG Africa, Dr Josephine Wapakabulo.

The contributions of Akamanzi, Wapakabulo, and Zamchiya not only showcase their individual achievements but also spotlight the conference’s diverse outlook, welcoming women from all around the world to ignite a spark in attendees.

With its unwavering focus on courage, innovation, and strategy in leadership, TIWLC solidifies its position as a crucible for nurturing leadership, fostering an environment where women can thrive and exert influence on a global scale, leaving a lasting impact on its attendees.

Fired from its successful 2024 event, the TIWLC leadership has announced 19 to 21 March as its 2025 conference date. For more information on The International Woman In Leadership Conference Dubai, visit www.tiwlc.com or follow on Instagram @theiwlc.

 

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