It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend a conference on Women and the Changing Face of Entrepreneurship in Africa hosted virtually by the Harvard University Center for African Studies taking place on October 1-2, 2020. As you know, we had previously scheduled this conference for April 2020; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we opted to postpone the conference and instead proceed with a virtual event. The topic remains important, more so now than ever, as the pandemic is impacting businesses, especially female-run businesses on the African continent
The conference will feature four panels over two days with a keynote lecture on October 1, and the Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Distinguished Lecture on African Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa on October 2. These conversations will provide a clearer understanding of the landscape of female entrepreneurship on the continent, identify challenges and opportunities, examine policy frameworks, and define policy actions that would position African women, leaders in global female entrepreneurship, to play a transformative role in the world’s largest emerging market.
This conference is a collaboration between Harvard University’s Center for African Studies, Lionesses of Africa, the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), bringing into partnership a leading research university, a major network of women entrepreneurs in Africa, one of the most important stock exchanges in the world, and a major policy institution of the United Nations, with additional support from Empower Africa and Standard Bank.
The Harvard University Center for African Studies is a globally recognized, interdisciplinary body at Harvard University committed to broadening knowledge about Africa and African perspectives.
While the economic and geopolitical importance of Africa continues to grow, understandings of Africa and African experiences continue to be marginalized, exoticized and discounted. As an internationally recognized and respected organization and a distinguished Department of Education National Resource Center, the Harvard Center for African Studies has the power to influence perspectives on Africa and bridge the knowledge divide between Africans and non-Africans.
Their vision is a world where authentic understandings of Africa, African experiences and African perspectives are common place.