2022 WIA Young Leaders business trip review

2022 WIA Young Leaders business trip review

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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



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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.

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