Partners and Patrons

Sharing our conviction that entrepreneurship and women are the key to transforming the African continent and bringing about positive growth, they have chosen to support WIA.

Meet our partners and patrons

Working alongside entrepreneurs since 1864, Société Générale Group has been accompanying its customers around the world, participating in positive transformations, and acting as a bridge, a propeller for all those who are building the future.

As a continent with strong potential, Africa is at the heart of the bank’s priorities. By supporting the development of local economies for over a century, Société Générale has become the privileged partner of 3.5 million customers, including 150,000 companies in nearly 20 African countries.
Based on the conviction that women play a fundamental role in the dynamism of the continent’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Société Générale is committed to working alongside WIA to support women entrepreneurs who are shaping the Africa of tomorrow.

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Present in France since 1990, Roland Berger is the leading European management consulting firm with 2,400 employees in 50 offices in 34 countries. The Paris office consists of 300 employees who advise major French and international groups on key corporate issues.

Roland Berger is strongly committed to entrepreneurship which is a key value of the company. Believing that Africa will be the continent of innovation and creativity, we are proud to accompany Women In Africa in their ambition to create a global network of African women leaders to promote their roles and impact on the continent and the rest of the world.

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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, operating in 26 countries. As a world leader in digital innovation, our mission is to actively contribute to the socio-economic development of the regions we are present in. In Africa and the Middle East, Orange is a major player in the development of 18 countries. As one of the signatories of a global agreement on professional gender equality, the Group is also committed to the empowerment of women and women’s entrepreneurship, particularly in Africa and the Middle East where women also play a key role in economic activity. This is why we support projects such as the Digital Houses – Orange Foundation, as well as launching a Women’s Award at the 10th Orange Awards for Social Entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East and reaffirming our partnership with « Women In Africa », the annual summit of African women entrepreneurs.

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Stop Hunger believes that Africa has all the resources to participate in global sustainable development and is convinced that the continent’s future lies with its women.
Stop Hunger and WIA Philanthropy, share the same vision and desire to contribute to the empowerment of African women and the development of their businesses; as a key driver of progress to end hunger.

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As one of the very first patrons of WIA Initiative, the Inetum Group is also the natural partner of digital innovation and start-ups. With offices in Angola, Morocco, Tunisia, Ivory Coast and Senegal, the Group puts Africa at the heart of its development. By supporting WIA, the Group is committed to participating in the economic development of a continent that is undergoing major transformations, particularly in terms of technology. A movement that is today driven by women’s entrepreneurship, which WIA is emphasizing by putting women leaders at the forefront, building tomorrow’s African society today. With a common vision, Inetum intends to make an active contribution to this remarkable and federative initiative destined to become a long-term project.

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Meridiam was founded in 2005 by Thierry Déau, with the belief that the alignment of interests between the public and private sector can provide critical solutions to the collective needs of communities. Meridiam is an independent investment Benefit Corporation under French law and an asset manager. The firm specializes in the development, financing, and long-term management of sustainable public infrastructure in three core sectors: mobility, energy transition and environment, and social infrastructure. With offices in, Addis Ababa, Amman, Dakar, Istanbul, New York, Luxembourg, Paris, Toronto and Vienna, Meridiam currently manages US$8 billion and more than 80 projects and assets to date. Meridiam is certified ISO 9001: 2015,Advanced Sustainability Rating by VigeoEiris and applies a proprietary methodology in relation to ESG and impact based on United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Founded in 1972 in Paris, DS Avocats is one of the first globalized French business law firms, providing advice as well as litigation. Made up of 22 offices, located on four continents – Europe (Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy), Asia (China, Singapore, Vietnam), Africa (Senegal) and America (North – Canada and South – Argentina, Chile, Peru ), it is the first French firm with an international dimension.

Present on the African continent for many years, through its office and desk, DS Avocats is committed to Women In Africa to promote female entrepreneurship and support African women leaders with high potential.

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The vibrant hustle and bustle, the countless possibilities and the diversity of the continent’s cultures are taking flight on the world stage, and we fully believe in Africa’s potential. Africa is now the world leader in women’s entrepreneurship: there are more women entrepreneurs today in Africa than anywhere else in the world. At AXA, our goal is to act for women entrepreneurs to ensure their full progress, protecting what matters most to them. We believe that the success of women entrepreneurs will contribute to the success of their communities and the sustainable progress of the entire continent. We are proud to support Women in Africa Philanthropy and help unleash the power of women entrepreneurs across the continent.

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Christian Dior is the designer of dreams. Since the foundation of his House in 1946, consecrated by the New Look revolution, his visionary spirit has never ceased to magnify women all over the world. As the seasons go by, this exceptional heritage is reinvented by the creative passion, power and singular modernity of the various artistic directors who boldly perpetuate the magic of Dior, the excellence of its know-how and the beauty of its unique gesture.

Christian Dior Couture, the House of Dreams, is renowned for its French heritage and vibrant culture that sublimates unique know-how and explosive creativity through its « dream professions ». Rich in an exceptional heritage, with a community of more than 8,000 talents, our House today more than ever embodies the « House of Talents » of Christian Dior. Present in more than 40 countries, we transmit our know-how, audacity and excellence through the passion and creativity of our employees.

On the occasion of its Women@Dior mentoring programme – accompanying a new generation of women around the world – the House is unveiling this year its first online education platform, entitled « Women Leadership & Sustainability », around the themes of gender equality and women’s leadership for a responsible future. This initiative highlights the crucial nature of education in imagining a more sustainable and more united world. Through the exchange of knowledge, this programme will enable young women to build a better future by developing their autonomy. On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, Dior is supporting and joining the Global Coalition for Education, founded by UNESCO, by opening its Women@Dior programme to 100 talented young women students from Niger, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. This initiative, supported for the first time by a sewing house, gives the most vulnerable female students the opportunity to receive an inclusive education. A concrete commitment, with regard to societal issues, and in the context of the global health crisis.

« Whatever you do – for work or pleasure – do it with passion! Live with passion!  » – Christian Dior

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« At Huawei, we are convinced of the power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to strengthen women’s leadership in Africa. Although women have often been “late users” of ICTs, they now perceive the immense potential for emancipation and development that digital technology can bring to their professional and personal lives. Together with Women in Africa and the WIA Young Leaders programme, we are very proud to provide 5 talented young women with an ambitious and visionary digital education journey. »

Philippe WANG, member of the jury and Executive Vice-President of Huawei Northern Africa

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Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from more than 40 cities across 25 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals.

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Sustainability is at the core of every decision we make. From transforming our processes to developing ways to do more with less, see how our approach helps us create a sustainable future for everyone.

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Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. They pride themselves on their approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. They always strive to exceed the expectations of their clients, providing them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Clifford Chance collaborates in the mentoring programme with students in Kigali, Rwanda, to help meet the challenge head-on by supporting and engaging the students so they are prepared to take their deserved places in careers in science, technology and innovation.

« We are delighted to be working with Women in Africa and the young women in Kigali as they start their journey. »

Honoris United Universities, the 1st pan-African network of private higher education, has chosen to partner with WIA Philantropy to accompany the 54 young women entrepreneurs awarded each year (WIA Project 54).

Honoris shares the same conviction that entrepreneurship and female leadership are major avenues to transform the African continent and make an impact on community development. Since 2018, Honoris offers each entrepreneur the opportunity for one year of free training tailored to her specific needs to speed up her project, in one of 10 institutions across 58 campuses or learning centers throughout the continent or online (more details on the courses on honoris.net), subject to successful completion of the admission exams.

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Following the example of the BNP Paribas Group, BMCI is committed to its policy of supporting women in business and supporting female entrepreneurship. Within this framework, BMCI has been able to seal several partnerships with organisations dedicated to supporting women in business and entrepreneurship, at the Moroccan and African levels. On 7 May 2018, BMCI signed its partnership with the WOMEN IN AFRICA Initiative, with a view to implementing concrete projects to promote gender diversity. BMCI organised Local Chapters on different themes with inspiring and committed guests to share their experiences and exchange ideas.
Through these different actions, BMCI affirms its position as one of the main contributors to the support of women in business and female entrepreneurship in Morocco. It has established itself as a pioneer in the field of diversity by receiving the 2018 Trophy for Professional Equality between Women and Men organised by the Ministry of Labour and Professional Insertion and presented by the Head of the Moroccan Government.

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Smart Data Power collects data from Twitter, a powerful tool in Africa, to identify anything that tweets or retweets on any topic, and who is talking about it. This data is then cross-referenced with global open data: geographic, environmental, economic, health … We wish to invest ourselves alongside WIA in order to participate, thanks to our expertise and our unique technology, in the defence and promotion of African women, whether on the African continent or in the Diasporas.

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Because entrepreneurs need to be seen in the medias to take their company to another level,
Clipse.me send their content to african journalists.
We also provide advice on what and how to communicate with journalists.
Sincerely Afro-optimists, our team aim to promote women entrepreneurship

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