Akouvi C. Elom AWOUDJA

Digital transformation advisor for public private sector cooperation GIZ Togo

Akouvi (Akoua) AWOUDJA is a 29-year-old Togolese woman, agile, altruistic, and inspired since childhood by the resilience and strong character of her mother, who managed to raise her 4 children with limited resources. She is passionate about exploring new horizons through travel and aspires to contribute to optimizing human living conditions, especially for African women, through innovation.

Akoua AWOUDJA’s vision is to enhance digital inclusion and technological innovation in Africa. To achieve this, she is a professional in smart technologies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in digital economics and is pursuing an international master’s in artificial intelligence and big data at Collège de Paris Supérieur. Currently, she applies her expertise as a digital transformation advisor for the GIZ in Togo, focusing on the public-private digital ecosystem under the ProDigiT “Digital Transformation Project of the Togolese Economy,” with a particular emphasis on women in tech.

Scholarships and Awards
Thanks to her passion and dedication, Akoua AWOUDJA has been awarded international scholarships such as the Mandela Washington Fellowship of YALI in Business in 2022, the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme in 2021, the WIA540 in 2021, and the CRL YALI Dakar in 2016. She has also received business awards like FIDEA in 2018 and honorary distinctions for her commitment to empowering women in 2021 and defending human rights in 2017.

Social Engagement
Akoua is currently an advisor in the current office of the Global Alumni Association Togo for US exchange program scholars “GAAT.” She began her involvement in 2014, regularly engaging in the West African technological innovation ecosystem to develop digital projects and tech communities using agile methodologies, co-creation, and collective intelligence approaches. Her journey started with WOELAB in February 2014, where she served as a community manager at the startup Nativ. Organizing tech ecosystem events helped her understand the technology world, including startups, fablabs, and incubators. In 2015, she participated for the first time in the Female Techcamp and continued her involvement in organizing subsequent editions until 2018. Later, her engagement expanded to Make Sense Africa based in Dakar, where she implemented activities in Togo from 2015 to 2021, supporting project leaders with Energy Generation and EDF Pulse Africa in 2018. She coordinated the digital communication team in organizing an international literary fair (Africa and Europe) for 3 consecutive editions in Lomé from 2017 to 2019. She contributes to the ConnecTogo excellence mentoring program to empower young people to identify their potentials and engage as change-makers. In 2022, she supported PATHWAYS Togo champions in digital skills.

Entrepreneurial Engagement
In February 2016, Akoua made her first attempt in entrepreneurship by establishing a food processing company in Togo with 2 partners. This initial venture did not succeed, and they closed nearly 3 years later. In 2017, she initiated an online magazine AfricAkoua, “the seed of Africa,” to highlight African talents. This project lasted nearly 2 years. Resilient Akoua Awoudja continued to explore other entrepreneurial projects, co-founding other companies, including those still existing today: Appeal of Innovation: Digital Services and Control P: Digital Printing, Branding, and Advertising.

Professional Engagement
Since 2015, Akoua has been developing her skills in facilitation and moderation. She has moderated programs with startups on the national TV channel TVT in Togo in 2017, with the University of Lomé in 2019, Africa Mutandi in 2019, and the Digital Africa Gathering in 2024. Between 2019 and 2022, she worked as an independent consultant on various international projects for GIZ in Togo, Radi Consulting Germany, DFKI Germany, and Make Sense Africa, focusing on enhancing digital capabilities of ecosystem actors, developing tech communities, and smart digital projects. During this period, she co-founded and directed APIN “Appeal of Innovation” in Togo, working on digitizing SMEs with partners in Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, and Botswana.

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