WIA Young Leaders

The Young Leaders Programme is a catalyst for training young women leaders at the beginning of their careers.

In 2021, WIA is launching the first edition of the WIA Young Leaders programme, developed in collaboration with its partners Dior, Lazard and Huawei. Through this programme, WIA and its partners want to support and promote young African women leaders. In 2021, five selected Young Leaders will benefit from an international support program. The goal is to roll out this program every year, with the vision of opening it up to more than 400 young women by 2030.

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The five winners will benefit from a two-part programme: they will first take a digital training course covering women’s leadership and skills needed for the future, taking place in the second quarter of 2021. Then, they will attend the in-person-session part of the programme, during the month of September, which will take place in Paris.

Personalized monitoring will be implemented by WIA. It will enable to identify the individual needs of Young Leaders and to respond precisely to the rise in skills of each of them.

The face-to-face part of the program will take place in Paris. During their stay in Paris, the Young Leaders will have the opportunity to visit Paris and make many meetings essential to the development of their network. They will also have, for example, the exclusive opportunity to visit the Maison Dior archives, as well as to be welcomed into the Lazard offices. A virtual event will finally be organized on the return from this trip, to allow the very first WIA Young Leaders promotion to share their experience.

Thanks to this program, five Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop their skills, but also to network, to discover new organizations, to meet leading personalities from the worlds of business, politics and media.


Cynthia Adediran Aïssy
Managing Director of KeyOpsTech

Meganne Lorraine Boho Ceday
Media and Clients Relations Manager at African Media Agency,
President at La Ligue Ivoirienne Des Droits des Femmes

Dr. Nassifatou Koko Tittikpina
Responsible for restructuring of the National Laboratory for Quality Control of Medicines

Néné Maïga
Managing Director of Orange Botswana

Gusona Nyama Marvel
Member of the European Union Youth Sounding board




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