The Ibukun Awosika Leadership Academy held the maiden edition of The International Woman Leadership Conference 2022 (TIWLC) at Hilton Al Habtoor, Dubai. The conference which was held in partnership with the Dubai Tourism and Dubai Events had over 400 C-suite executive women in attendance. The theme of the conference was Women in Leadership…Play- ing to win!
The conference was a pan-African leadership conference for women with del- egates from 12 African countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Egypt, Burundi, Zambia, South Africa, Uganda, and Botswana, Ivory Coast. Delegates in attendance also included women from Barbados, Jamaica, UAE, Spain, and Nigerians from the United Kingdom and America.
The main objective of the conference was for women across African countries and generations to build a network of relationships, learn, share experiences and have fun while doing so and this was very evident in the kind of expe- rience sharing that occurred during each session, the organic content that was created for each of the social activities for the conference as well as the delegates bonding over the conference app and building relationships before the conference day.
The conference speakers included Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, Nobel Peace Laureate prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, Freda Yahan Duplan, Chairman, Zenith Bank, Ghana, Wendy Luhabe, Chairman Pepkor, South Africa, Sola David Borha, CEO of Africa Regions at the Standard Bank Group, Dolika Banda, Non-Executive Director, CDC Group, Omobola John- son, Chairman Guinness Nigeria, Achie Alai, County Minister, Kisumu, Ken- ya Tourism, Arts and Culture, Yewande Zaccheaus, Chairman, Eventful Ni- geria, H.E Erelu Bisi Fayemi, wife of the Governor, Ekiti State Government, Pearl Esua Mensah, CEO Ghana Deposit Protection Corporation, Yewande Sadiku, Acting Chairman, Board of Trustees of Investors Protection Fund, Nigeria’s Exchange Limited, Tokunbo Ishmael, Managing Director, and Co-Founder Alitheia IDF.
Other speakers included Tola Oloyede of the Oja Tribe, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Founder, House of Tara, Towun Candide John- son, Gaia Africa, Thelma Ekiyor, SME.ng Polo Leteka, Alitheia IDF, H.E Amb. Nimi Akinkugbe, Nigerian Ambassador to Greece, H.E Amb. Beryl Si- sulu, South African Ambassador to Greece, and H.E Amb. Luela Hajdaraga, Albanian Ambassador to Greece.