2022 WIA Young Leaders business trip review

2022 WIA Young Leaders business trip review

2022 WIA Young Leaders business trip review 1800 900 communication@wia-initiative.com

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Developed in partnership with the Maison Christian Dior Couture, the world leader in New Information and Communication Technologies Huawei Northern Africa, KPMG France – audit and consulting firm, the Lazard investment bank and the multi-companyGlobal Energy TotalEnergies, the WIA Young Leaders programme aims to support and highlight the potential of young African women.

After being selected among 2824 applicants by an internationally renowned jury in June 2022, Oluwakemi Adetu, Adélaïde Bih, Lydia Hlongwane, Lydia Merrouche, Vanessa Metou, Tamarah Moutotekema Boussamba, Grace Mzumara and Folake Oni have been invited to an exclusive business trip in Paris.

The partners of the programme Maison Christian Dior Couture, Huawei Northern Africa, KPMG France, Lazard and TotalEnergies welcomed them in their respective offices and paved the way for meetings to wider their networks.

Click on the images of the newsletter to discover the details of the WIA Young Leaders meetings! 


Meeting with the First Lady of France Brigitte Macron at The Elysée Palace

Meeting with Isabelle Rome, Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Invitation at Quai d’Orsay by Anne-Marie Descôtes, Secretary General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Meeting at La Galerie Dior


Visit and lunch at TotalEnergies

Meeting with the leadership of KPMG and WIA network partners over a cocktail party

Lunch and exchanges with Alexander Hughes – AfricSearch

Lunch with Stop Hunger and Sodexo

Meeting with Fabrice Le Saché at MEDEF, Mouvement des entreprises de France

Meeting with Étienne Giros, President of CIAN & President of EBCAM



BIG 2022


The WIA Young Leaders carried out face-to-face training offered by the programme partners.

Governance training at KPMG France

Digital Economy Session and Experience Sharing at Huawei Northern Africa

Fundraising workshop hosted by Lazard


Exclusive visit of France Médias Monde with Huawei Northern Africa

Meeting at TV5Monde


During their stay, the WIA Young Leaders had the opportunity to meet with networks of influential women from the political and economic world.

Lunch with Ambassadors of African countries in France organized by Lazard

Cocktail du Club 21e Siècle

After an intense week in Paris, WIA Young Leaders met in the heart of Cairo to discover the offices of Huawei Northern Africa’s OpenLab, business personalities and emblematic sites of Egyptian civilization.

Find the WIA Young Leaders’ portraits and news in Cairo presented by Huawei Northern Africa.

We thank our partners for their commitment to supporting the WIA Young Leaders and enabling them to achieve their ambitious goals.

  • Beautiful. Thanks for all you do for us

  • Aisha Bashir Abubakar 11 November 2022 at 12h06

    Wow! This is so good and amazing congratulations to them,and thank you to the sponsors

  • Omosimua Lilian Ilamosi 11 November 2022 at 12h12

    This is very nice and beautiful. Thanks to all who have been able to get in touch with the right people. I really appreciate their efforts for this great opportunity for women.

  • This is credible and I look forward to partnering with you in future. When knowledge is with a woman, it is like a seed in womb which brings a life and generations there of. Keeping soaring.
    Together we are strong.

  • Anieke Chinyere Annastacia 11 November 2022 at 12h38

    Am happy to see the achievement of our women out there and how far the are going.. am happy to be a member of this platform.

  • Thank you for the newsletter. Do you have any training on fundraising coming soon.



  • Comfort Akarakiri 11 November 2022 at 13h43

    Wow… This is great

  • Tochi Oguejiofor 11 November 2022 at 14h06

    I am so elated to be here, thanks a bunch

  • Tonye Chris Shalom 11 November 2022 at 14h30

    Wow! this is beautiful and challenging. Welldone WIA and all our partners. I am taking my courses and hope to win.

  • Weng Gregory Dafom 11 November 2022 at 14h47

    Reading this is so beautiful and encouraging knowing that women are going g places and doing wonderful things

  • Mrs osamuede Lilian igbinobaro 11 November 2022 at 14h58

    These young women will cherish the experience of a life time given them by means of this trip. I am proud of wia Africa and its partners. Kudos and more grace to keep at the good work you are doing.

  • I aspire to be like one of you in the nearest future.

    Congratulations to you all.

    More achievement I wish you all.

    Thank you WIA for all you do for women, God bless your thoughts.

  • Well done girls.

  • This is a great achievement and I’m proud of these women leaders.

  • What memorable and exciting experience for these young leaders! This has opened up a lifetime of networking partnership opportunities for them! Congratulations ladies! And many thanks to WIA and WIA Partners that made this possible!

  • Thankyou so much. This is very interesting

  • Highly commendable

  • Amaka LV Ojiso Anizor 11 November 2022 at 21h26

    This is awesome and beautiful.
    Am happy to be part of the WIA
    And hoping to be among the winners

  • Jarinatu Aramide Odeyemi 11 November 2022 at 21h27

    Wow! Awesome , this is a nice exposure to African women.
    Keep the good work.

  • wonderful.congratulation

  • Mrs Imarhia Iyamu Osarumwense Jennifer 12 November 2022 at 0h01

    Beautiful, I which to be part of the next meeting

  • Nambejja Florence 12 November 2022 at 4h42

    This is so nice I am impressed with everything

  • Farida Umar Ismail 12 November 2022 at 10h54

    I am happy to see the pro

  • So lovely and congrats to my Africa Ladies on business . pls make sure you come back with something good and great in order to impact other Africa Ladies. Once again congratulations

  • Jeffrey E. Faith 12 November 2022 at 21h45

    Wow, this is awesome. This is amazingly beautiful, I love this. African women are rising. Thank you WIA for this opportunity, thank you

  • I want to be part of your program

  • Wow. Very impressive.
    Congratulations to all the ladies that embarked on this amazing trip.
    Thanks to all the partners.

  • Omoragbon Egbe Sandra 14 November 2022 at 8h31

    Wow! This is really amazing. Thanks so much WIA for this wonderful opportunity given to them, I’m looking forward to the day i will also have this kind of opportunities

  • Precious Aminata Kamara 14 November 2022 at 9h50

    On behalf of myself, Precious Aminata Kamara, let me first salute you all that took part in the trip of all points and destinations to make WIA a successful one for young and potential African women leaders in a business for others.
    Once small I say thanks, may it all came to past and benefit us ALL in Africa including my Country Sierra Leone, West Africa.

  • Goodness Chibuzo Igolo 21 November 2022 at 12h20

    I want to be part of this trio to Paris

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