2nd WIA Initiative Summit in Marrakech

Beldi Country Club 27th & 28th September 2018

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI

Watch Africa with Confidence
And Trust its Talents!

WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME?

The Women in Africa (WIA) initiative is an international platform for economic development and support for African women leaders and high potential. Its two main goals are to reveal the potential of the new generation of African women leaders at all levels of civil society and state, to network African and international women leaders in the service of an innovative and inclusive Africa.

An annual highlight of the meetings organized on the continent by the Initiative or our Initiative, the Marrakech World Summit in Morocco defies the young African talents and all the decision-makers who are engaged in the transformation of the continent.
In 2017, the first edition of this international event brought together 400 participants, 18% of whom were men from 39 countries, including 22 from Africa.

In 2018, the annual World Summit in Marrakech aims to unite 500 participants from at least 70 countries.

Why did we choose Marrakech? The ocher city, tourist jewel of the cherifian Kingdom, offers all the appropriate infrastructure, a qualified workforce and a sense of unprecedented hospitality.
This inspiring showcase has become the ideal place for us to bring together international and pan-African companies, committed to integrating the gender dimension into their decision-making

Annual Summit Day 1
Thursday 27th September 2018
8:00 am
9:00 am
Accueil des participants
Welcome Delegates
9:00 am
9:45 am
Cérémonie d’ouverture
Opening Ceremony
9:45 am
10:00 am
Plaidoyer pour l’entrepreneuriat
des femmes en afrique
10:00 am
11:00 am
PLÉNIÈRE CONFIANCE
TRUST PLENARY
11:00 am
11:15 am
They Make Africa
11:15 am
12:00 pm
Pause Networking
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
MEET WITH MASTERCLASSES
1:00 pm
2:30 pm
Déjeuner marocain
Moroccan Lunch
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
They Make Africa
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
They Make Africa
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
PLÉNIÈRE CONFIANCE
TRUST PLENARY
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
They Make Africa
4:15 pm
4:45 pm
Thé à la menthe
Mint Tea Break
4:45 pm
6:15 pm
MEET WITH LAB LAB MASTERCLASSES
7:30 pm
8:30 pm
Apéritif WIA REVELATIONS NIGHT
Entrepreneurs Club
8:30 pm
10:30 pm
Dîner WIA REVELATIONS NIGHT
Dinner (Beldi Country Club)
Annual Summit Day 2
Friday 28th September 2018
8:00 am
8:30 am
Accueil des participants
Welcome Delegates
8:30 am
9:30 am
Petit déjeuner Entrepreneurs Club
Breakfast
9:30 am
10:15 am
Men with WIA
10:15 am
10:30 am
They Make Africa
10:30 am
10:45 am
They Make Africa
10:45 am
11:45 am
PLÉNIÈRE ÉDUCATION
EDUCATION PLENARY
11:45 am
12:15 pm
Pause Networking
12:15 pm
1:15 pm
MEET WITH MASTERCLASSES
1:15 pm
2:45 pm
Déjeuner marocain
Moroccan Lunch
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
They Make Africa
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
They Make Africa
3:15 pm
4:15 pm
PLÉNIÈRE ÉDUCATION
EDUCATION PLENARY
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
Keynote
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
Conclusion
Closing
4:45 pm
5:15 pm
Thé à la menthe
Mint Tea Break
5:15 pm
6:15 pm
MEET WITH MASTERCLASSES
7:30 pm
8:30 pm
African Man of the Year Award
(AMOYA) (Fairmont Hôtel)
8:30 pm
10:30 pm
Dîner soirée Industries Culturelles et Créatives
+ Défilé Orient-Occident (Catwalk)
Dinner (Fairmont Hôtel)

Thursday 27th September 2018
Plenary Conference : Trust, a Prerequisite for an inclusive Development?

1. Confidence in Africa and in African Women

Africa is undergoing major economic and social changes thanks, among other things, to the rapid development of ICTs. Leaders of major economic groups, both men and women, explain why they have confidence in the continent, and why they have decided to invest. But also why, they have chosen to trust women in their search for talent to develop Africa, not only by encouraging them, but by focusing on their skills and promoting them to the highest managerial positions within their company.

2. They Believe in Themselves and in Africa

Whether they are administrators in large international or pan African groups, or they run the companies they have created or they come from the diaspora and have decided to invest in Africa, many of those women are already acting as economic levers on the continent. A growing number of them is also making a comeback, after studying or starting a career abroad. They will testify about the family, cultural or professional circumstances that enabled them to succeed and become. Leaders in what they decided to undertake, and why they chose to do it in Africa rather than elsewhere.

Friday 28th September 2018
Plenary Conference: To Win the Battle for Education

1. What is a “Good” Model of Education for African Women and How to Finance It?

The informal sector occupies nearly 80% of the continent’s workforce. Women are overrepresented in it, especially rural women. How to achieve vocational qualification training or even a generalized dual system of education that will allow young people, -especially girls who want to become entrepreneurs and technicians -, to evolve and grow? How to build bridges to enable them to go from vendors to managers? Although it is important that more children attend school, this cannot be at the expense of quality education. The digitization of African schools will certainly lead to a better circulation of knowledge, but it is the enhancement of human capital that will make the difference. How to achieve it? Which sectors to focus on? Should we develop artificial intelligence? These are some of the questions that participants in this roundtable will try to answer by providing innovative solutions on the basis that Goal 4 of the ODD (Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning) will be achieved by 2030.

2. The Example of “Schools of Excellence” on the Continent

Being for mathematics, engineering, social sciences or management, there are many visionaries in Africa who have foreseen what a quality graduate education should be. The founders of some of those African “schools of excellence” will testify about their success. Two main reasons for that: they. Favored girls at the entry and developed networks of Alumni to facilitate recruitments afterwards. The graduates encounter no difficulties when trained as engineers because of the needs on the continent. But also about their difficulties due to the mode of financing or the competition of the big western schools: how to reconcile public and private financing? How to fit into the global fabric of schools of excellence by building quality partnerships, especially when it comes to promoting girls higher education in sciences? How to build bridges with young graduates in African universities, especially girls, to help them answer the needs of the market? These are some of the questions that the participants in this round table will try to answer by emphasizing the need to enhance the status of teachers and researchers, too often neglected on the continent, especially when there are women.

Program key features

They Make Africa By WIA & L’OREAL

WIA introduces you to exceptional women from 5 African regions.
Extraordinary women, actors of change, they will each take the floor to present an idea, their journey, their vision for their continent. #inspiration #motivation

BREAKFAST

The working breakfasts will allow members to meet around sectoral issues, to meet stakeholders in a sector, to exchange and develop their networks at the continental and inter- national levels. this is the time for exchange between the great leaders and young women entrepreneurs of the continent

WIA LABS

(collaborative laboratories for thinking)
The goal is to mobilize collective intelligence (men and women) for a better representation of women in the african economy. through a participatory and collaborative methodology, recommendations will be defined on the orientations that women would propose to make progress and will be sent to the press and the major institutions of the countries concerned.

  • e-Commerce Lab
  • social innovation and digitalization Lab
  • smart Cities Lab

These labs are fulfilled in collaboration with Deloitte

WIA REVELATIONS NIGHT

The WIA Revelations night, opening night of the annual summit, will give international recognition to the winning entrepreneurs identified and selected by the Wia Philanthropy foundation. they will go on stage and receive a prize. this evening will also be an opportunity to present the study conducted in collaboration with roland berger and advocacy from the giant brainstorm of dakar, on women’s entrepreneurship in africa and its challenges..

MASTERCLASSES

During Masterclasses, exchanges and sharing of know-how offer African women with high potential concrete methods and skills to help them strengthen their skills: business development, access to networks, business creation, etc.

CULTURAL EVENING

The cultural and creative industries have a role to play in diversifying african economies and highlighting african talent. this evening features artists and innovative projects in the sec- tor of culture and creation (fashion, arts, digital) that enrich the tremendous cultural diversity

MEET WITH

At Meet With sessions, members are invited to meet with. representatives of country and sector delegations to exchange and develop relationships and investment opportunities.
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