GWIIN ANNUAL HONORARY AWARDS FOR INNOVATIVE WOMEN WITH LEADERSHIP QUALITIES IN BUSINESS & THE WORKPLACE

These women were recognised for the extremely valuable contribution that they have made which is capable of inspiring others to gain leadership qualities that motivate other women to be high achievers and successful in the workplace and business environment.These women may be different, however they have in common: tenacity, the determination to succeed, commitment, extraordinary potential and are capable of positive influence that could spread and transcend borders. Simply put,They have leadership qualities that attract loyalty and respect.

The Honorary Award Recipients

FASHION DESIGNING

HAMBELELENI HEM MATSI - NAMIBI - Fashion Designer Hemline

Hem is a graduate of medical technology, a leading designer and multi-talented woman changing the face of Namibian fashion. Hem uses her God-given ta­lent to support several charitable organisations. These are charities such as the Victim 2 Survivors which provide support to women from disadvantaged backgrounds and to victims of domestic abuse and rape. She has her garments collection specifically designed under the lavel of ‘Fashion Against Women and Children abuse’. Hem's designs are available in Namibia, Botswana and South A­frica. She is undoubtedly the Na­mi­bian fashion designer to watch!  Fashions was honored when she was asked to design the President of Namibia’s birthday suit.

TECHNOLOGY

BELEMA OGBUIGWE- NIGERIA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR INFORMATION & DEVELOPMENT (CFID)

From 2003 till date, Belema under CFID has educated and supported over 4000 young men, women and youths in the Niger Delta, which include out of school youths, low income women, marine transport workers and their families and uniformed service personnel (e.g. Police). Her entrepreneurial career has seen her at the top of two organizations, the first, an ICT education and service provision business (Optimal Computers) and the other, a social enterprise (Centre For information & Development, CFID). Within four years of inception, Optimal Computers had trained and equipped about 500 persons with ICT and Information Management skills and some of these benefiting clients had also gone on to set up their own ICT businesses. She started a pet project under CFID called ICT 4 KIDS & TEENS’ in order to create opportunity for developing leadership, livelihood and life building skills in young men, women, teens and kids for lifelong success.  The project also promotes the use of information to achieve positive societal change. CFID is also focused on reproductive health and HIV Aids awareness programmes

DR SANDRA JOHNSON – MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVEIBM

Sandra is a visionary, innovator and an inventor with over 200 issued and pending patents. She isthe first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. She has gone on to make her mark and has become a global technology leader. Dr. Johnson is one of the highest-ranking African-American technical women at IBM. She has made significant contributions in the computing systems performance, specifically in memory sub-system design, I/O, Java and Linux. She led a team of performance architects to quantify that the Linux operating system is ready for high-end enterprise machines.Dr. Johnson has a passion for Africa. She is working to build a technology park in Ghana.She was the General Chair of the African Technology Conference, held in Accra, Ghana in 2008. She has studied the histories of all 54 countries on the continent and believes it is her purpose and destiny to be a leader in driving technology in Africa, therefore driving the economies of the various countries on the continent. She believes this is her purpose and destiny.

NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS

IDA ADU -  FOUNDER SICKLE AID GHANA

An HR practitioner, Ida Adu founded this nonprofit organization which she established in 2009 to educate, create awareness, provide information and to challenge persons living with sickle cell disease to live fulfilling lives.  She was diagnosed as having the Sickle Cell (SS) disease at age 8 therefore has a full understanding of what this means and how it can affect ones life. Ida was inspired to start the organisation and continues to work towards demystifying the myth about the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). She works selflessly to support less fortunate others who live with the condition. Today, she is married with 2 daughters and continues to work tirelessly with families who have persons living with the disease, patients, medical/research teams and all other persons and corporate bodies who are interested in the work of the organization. With an MBA from the University of Leicester, she looks back today and is very grateful for the support she received from her family, friends and health personnel while growing up.

DR. MRS NOSAKHARE IKPOMWONSA ALADESELU – NIGERIA, PRESIDENT, AFRICAN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT GUILD

Dr Aladeselu is an initiator, a visionary innovator in the world of community development who works to address the needs and plights of African women and youths who are educationally, economically and politically challenged and disadvantaged. She has established 10 literacy Centres so far which admit men, women and youth, in Benin City and mentored the replication of the Centres in other parts of Edo State, Nigeria. Her belief and commitment to good family life and virtue, the dignity of womanhood, account for the excellence she attained in her several Radio & Television talks shows and discussions.

LEGAL

JENNY OKAFOR – UNITED KINGDOM, PRESIDENT, NIGERIAN WOMEN IN DIASPORA LEADERSHIP FORUM

Jenny is a lawyer of great distinction who is passionate and compassionate about equality issues which promote and protect the physical, mental and moral integrity of all people regardless of their gender, background or circumstances in life.Through her exemplary leadership, she has influenced enduring changes which have shaped the future of several groups and their beneficiaries.As part of her achievements, she has personally championed successful human rights campaigns and appeals. Without going into the case studies, it can be proven that Jenny is a self-motivated, committed, community spirited, devoted and inspirational mother, lawyer, charity worker and human rights advocate.

PENNY MAWUENYEGA - GHANA, MANAGING PARTNER, TOMETI LEGAL CONSULT, GHANA

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

IRENE KALONDU MUMO –KENYA OWNER, TRUEWAYS ENTERPRISES LIMITED

Mumo has made history by establishing a major honey making enterprise with a corporate social responsibility component that creates employment and capacity building measures for women, men and youth. There is a particular focus on training for beekeepers which lead to improved apiculture skills and management.

POLITICS

HONOURABLE MARGARET NATALIE MENSAH-WILLIAMS – NAMIBIAVICE CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL COUNCIL, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, NAMIBIA

For her great courage, bravery and tenacity for the advancement of African’s. Her work covers the issue of the DR Congo’s political situation and the condition of women in the East of the Country as well as the condition of women in Darfur.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

MEKEDES HAILE MEKURIA  - ETHIOPIA DIRECTOR, WORLD WOMEN TRADE FAIR - AFRICA

A leader with a high level of organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to set priorities and manage time effectively with

 

ENERGY & PETROLEUM

MIRIAN KENE-KACHIKWU – UNITED KINGSLAND, CO-FOUNDER & IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRPERSON, SHELL AFRICAN NETWORK, UK

Mirian is a senior legal counsel with wide-ranging international experience in the energy industry. She co founded the SHELL African Network in 2010 with a drive that stems from the belief that employee and social networks contribute greatly to raising awareness of the positive attributes of ethnic minorities and enhancing their capacity to meaningfully contribute to the growth aspirations of their businesses. To this effect while overseeing a Leadership Team of 12, she has relentlessly worked hard to strengthen internal and external stakeholder relationships for SAN-UK, actively support the Shell UK Chairman in his role in the Race for Opportunity Board, develop the strategy, as well as developing personal and professional development initiatives for the members. In the course of her career she has been involved in several high value strategic projects such as joint operating agreements, production sharing contracts, joint venture agreements, renewable energy projects, electricity and gas marketing agreements in the UK, global procurement agreements, multi-billion dollar corporate restructuring projects and regulatory compliance issues for the treasury and financial sectors.

HEALTH PROMOTION

JUSTINA MUTALE – UNITED KINGDOM, FOUNDER - DIRECTOR POSITIVE RUNWAY:

Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread® is an award-winning social responsibility and community development initiative that aims to bridge the gap in the global efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS by speaking the same language as the young generation in order to get the message across.  It is a creative way of giving back to society by helping the young generation understand and deal with real life issues that have a negative impact on their lives and on society

EDUCATION

NOMA SODIPO Executive Director of The Lighthouse Educational Services/ STWAN Studios

Noma Sodipo is. Trained originally as an optometrist, she now extends her commitment to childhood services, a passion she has always nurtured. She produces and presents the TV programme STORY TIME WITH AUNTIE NOMA broadcasted in over 30 countries in Europe and Africa since 2005.

 

 

 

INNOVATIVE WOMEN IN BUSINESS & THE WORKPLACE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

24 – 25 April 2012, Accra, Ghana

 

PRESENTED BY

 

GLOBAL WOMEN INVENTORS & INNOVATORS NETWORK

In collaboration with the

MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S AFFAIRS

Join us and up to 100 guests at a cutting edge interactive knowledge transfer occasion and learn from the success stories of prominent women from the public and private sectors. Understand the latest strategies and challenges with an outline of the latest trends and tactics.

Learn from the journeys of the most influential women innovators and leaders and how they address the key challenges women are facing today while showcasing how corporations can benefit and empower their female workforce and leaders.

The aim of the conference is to help women understand what leadership is and to develop the essential qualities of effective leadership. It will guide participants to identify the common mistakes of leaders and this will prevent them from making the same mistakes.

The conference aims to support and encourage women across Ghana and beyond to embrace innovation as a key economic driver; assist in the increase of capacity building and serve as a vehicle to sustain growth, push forward competitiveness and encourage new ideas to be turned into commercial success which will ultimately be of benefit to the country and the International community.

This conference aims to provide a platform to share knowledge on how to:

Take on leadership roles with greater confidence and achieve success

  • Develop the essential qualities of an effective leader
  • Eliminate the common mistakes of leaders
  • Apply measures to enhance energy and enthusiasm
  • Apply strategies that make people feel appreciated
  • Implement measures to inspire and influence others
  • Use effective communication strategies
  • Apply strategies to lead change and create a change mind-set

Who should attend?

 

  • Innovative Enterprising Women from all Sectors
  • People in Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Artists, Artisans and Creative people
  • Policy Makers, Relevant Government Departments and Agencies
  • Intellectual Property Organisations
  • Private & Public sector organisations
  • Banks, Financial Institutions, Investment and Manufacturing Companies
  • Personal & Professional Development Managers
  • NGO’s, Grass root business organisations GBOs and business advisors
  • Education Institutions, Researchers and Academics
  • Business Development Organisations and Donor Agencies
  • Gender & Diversity Consultants
  • Sponsors & Supporters

The benefits:

The dialogues will provide the platform towards building opportunities for creative, inventive & innovative women across Ghana and beyond with a particular focus on the workplace, the business environment, education & learning institutions & all areas covering the introduction of new products, services & processes. 

The initiative will serve as a tool for improving self-confidence, self-esteem, increase motivation, broaden horizons & experience, & raise the aspirations of creative, inventive & innovative women across Ghana and beyond.   GWIIN recognisesthe business case which will reap returns in the medium & long term – utilising training, perspectives & experiences to yield better productivity, profitability & services. 

 

The opportunities:

The event will create opportunities to raise awareness & listen to leading women in business and in the workplace with distinguished speakers from Government departments, leading industry experts, business angels, entrepreneurs, educational departments & voluntary organisations in finding effective ways of bringing the support, assistance, tools, advice & information to assist women to achieve significant economic growth.

 

Incorporating the

INNOVATIVE ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION CATWALK & AWARDS

In Support of

THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS SUPPORT FUND

 

An eco-friendly Celebrity Fashion Catwalk invitation featuring celebrity names, well known designers as well as new upcoming designers.  This evening show which would serve as part of the training in which eco friendly innovative trends by leading innovative women designers would be highlighted in order to create social change and respect for the environment.

We recognise the importance of a sustainable environment so continue to demonstrate our commitment in a variety of ways. One major way is by the staging of the GWIIN Adebayo Jones Eco-Friendly Fashion Show.

This part of the event would also serve to raise funds in support for Domestic Violence Victims Support Fund - a project of the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWAC).

 

REGISTRATION

 

Registration Fees for the Full Program: 

Small Medium Sized Businesses: $350

Multi- National Companies: $500

Exhibition only: $300

Advertisement full colour page: $500

Nomination Form for the Awards: $10

 

PAWIIN  2010 AWARDS - Abuja, Nigeria
 

TEENAGE GIRLS WIN THE PAN AFRICAN WOMEN INVENTORS & INNOVATORS (PAWIIN) OVERALL PLATINUM AWARDS 2010 FOR THEIR NON-TOXIC RENEWABLE ELECTRIC ENERGY GENERATOR


Olajumoke Adebayo & Eniola Adewale Two teenage Girls from Doregos Private Academy, Lagos, Nigeria walked away with the prestigious title of the overall Platinum PAWIIN winners 2010 at the PAWIIN Awards which took place on the 3rd November 2010 at the ECOWAS Commission Abuja, Nigeria.

PAWIIN 2010 Platinum Overall Winners - Olajumoke Adebayo & Eniola Adewale receiving their Award from Nigeria’s Minister for Women Affairs & Social Development. Hon Iyom Josephine Anenih.

They entered their invention under the Best Innovative School & College Project Award Category with little expectation of actually winning the overall award. The judging panel were impressed with their invention which seeks to solve the problem of power supply in the country Nigeria and other countries having power challenges through the provision of cheap, clean and renewable electrical energy.


They based their invention which was part of a school project on the principles of Flemning Left Hand Rule. The generator does not use fuel and it is cheap to operate and does not emit any toxic waste products or noise as with other conventional energy sources. At the exhibition, they took their time to explain how their invention works. They explained that the power for the initial take off is supplied by two 12V batteries arranged in the series, two opto-couplars alternately positioned on the serrated edge of the shaft which does the switching on/off of the generator.


The rotation of the shaft consists of eight neodymium magnets causing a magnetic field cutting through the four field coils and four armature coils, each consisting of 250 turns of 22 standard wire gauge (s.w.g.), energizing those coils and causing a rotation. The intermittent but continuous switching on/off from the opto-couplars causes a collapsing of the magnetic field around the coils thereby inducing voltage into the coil. This induced electromotive force is higher than the input power. The battery can be disconnected at this point. The current is smoothened by a set of capacitors which also help to serve as a form of backup. This makes power generation perpetual until it is switched off.

For more information please contact:
Email: doregosprivateacademy@yahoo.com Website: www.stbes.com


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PAWIIN 2010 GOLD & SILVER RUNNER UPS WERE...
Dr(Mrs) Anthonia Oluwamuyiwa Kusa 1st Runner Up with her Healing Herbs Products & Services. This Medical Doctor and Complimentary Medicine Practitioner, is a passionate woman whose focus is on the promotion of Perfect Health & Total Wellbeing of Individuals.

 

Dr (Mrs) Anthonia Oluwamuyiwa Kusa – Recipient of PAWIIN 2010 Gold Winner with her Award. 

Dr Kusa has been able to synergise her profession and practical knowledge of orthodox medicine with her in-depth research of complimentary medicine & herbal remedies to bring efficient, tried & tested medical solutions to her community in Kwara State, Nigeria.

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CLEMENTINA UFELI  2nd Runner Up for her Buy Nigeria Products Ltd With a mission to bring African Products and services to the forefront of global marketClementina built an innovative software used to generate keywords that would help to promote and sell Nigerian Business online.

 
PAWIIN 2010 Silver Recipient Clementina Ufeli receives her Award from Nigeria’s Minister for Information & Communication, Hon Prof Dora Akunyili
Using technology to change the face of Nigerian online businesses, and ultimately the image of Nigeria she started by introducing the website www.buynigeriaonline.com.

The website contains quality information about the country Nigeria and its various areas of industry. She made provision for the FAQ section, which answers any possible question that could be asked.

To find out more:
Email: info@buynigeriaonline.com  Website: www.buynigeriaonline.com
 

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 GWIIN CHAIRMAN DISCRETIONARY ORGANISATION AWARDS - Encouraging innovative organisations led by women went to the following:

 

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Madame Khady Fall Tall from Senegal, President WAWA, receives GWIIN Discretionary Award for her leadership with West African Women Association(Wawa) from Mr Reginald Laryea

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 Dr Anthonia Ashiedu from Nigeria, receives GWIIN Discretionary Award as the Executive Director of Delta Micro Credit Programme from Mr Reginald Laryea

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 Ms Mmabatho Matiwane receives GWIIN Discretionary Award on behalf of Ms Margaret Nkunu from South Africa, as the Founder/CEO of Leading Women of Africa from Mr Reginald Laryea

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Dr Jamila Jennifer Abubakar from Nigeria receives GWIIN Discretionary Award as the Founder of GEDE Foundation from Mr Reginald Laryea

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IN RECOGNITION FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR,  SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS were presented to the following:

Mrs Gloria Oluwakemi Adewumi of Thomas Adewumi International College and Prime Time Nursery/Primary School for her Community Development work in Health, Education and Employment

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Ms Eryca Freemantle for her Eryca Freemantle Conservatoire of Beauty & innovation in Corrective Make Up
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Ms Akinbile Adejoke Florence for her Reddy Pepper Product which helps to curb the challenges that arise with refrigeration from lack of electricity 

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Hon. Prof (Princess) Vivian Mottohmigan, for initiating the inclusion of her ‘School of Life’ Lecture Series into the Academic Curriculum

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Mrs Nsibe Abasi Udofia for the Soya Project & innovative packaging of her products

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Ms Noma Sodipo (Uhunoma Olusegun Sodipo) For Story Time With Auntie Noma

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Ms Ololade Titilola Ayanniyi of the Market Place Creed

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H.E. Mrs Oluwatoyin Ojora-Saraki for Alaafia Kwara or The Kwara WellBeing Trust

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Chief Mrs. Doris Mc Daniels for her innovative capacity building work as National President Ijaw Mother’s Union

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Ms Preye Elisabeth Joseph, for her innovative Capacity Building work as Chief Executive Officer Collective Capacity for Peace and Development, Bayelsa State

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Mrs. Rose Oyririe, for her Capacity Building work as President Igbide Progressive Women Union, Delta State


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Mrs Obatusa Judith Chukwunedum, for her ZOAR Communications website to enable SMEs & NGOs easily access information relevant to their businesses