Program

Imagine tomorrow. Change today

In 2020, Africa will suffer its first economic recession in 25 years – one that threatens to wipe out nearly 50 million jobs across all sectors. Weakening health systems and giving rise to soaring food insecurity, falling commodity prices and rapidly deteriorating government coffers, the Covid-19 crisis and its shocks have raised the spectre of a dramatic reversal of fortune for a continent that, up until the pandemic struck, had been singled out by the entire investment community as the region with the most promising future.

However, Africa is not the same “hopeless continent” it was 20 years ago. The continent’s companies and private sector are more innovative and dynamic than ever before, while its youth are plugged-in and eager to become full-fledged members of the globalised world. African women have gradually taken on a more significant role than ever before in the economic sphere, winning, with patience and determination, an ever-growing number of decision-making positions. Their role in the continent’s response to the crisis will be decisive.

The third edition of The Summit, the international flagship event of the Women Working for Change (WFC) platform, will bring together more than 400 major African women leaders in November to discuss this year’s theme, Imagine tomorrow. Change today.

Due to unprecedented global circumstances, The Summit will be fully online and offer new interactive formats for attendees.

Featuring some of the continent’s most prominent female leaders today, participants will share their vision of the global challenges to come as well as the steps that need to be taken to give women their rightful place in spearheading change. In light of current events, The Summit will particularly focus on the African continent’s economic and health outlook in the aftermath of the present crisis.

Through a varied programme of online sessions (panels, workshops and exclusive meetings), participants will discuss a diverse range of themes:

1-After the global crisis, how can we make health and education the focus of tomorrow’s society?

2-Companies: coming out on top of the crisis

3-Digitalising work: how will it impact management?

4-Climate change: how to strike the right balance between sustainable development challenges and competitiveness

5-Women leaders and the global crisis: moving towards sisterhood 2.0

To help participants strengthen their expertise, we have designed an excellence coaching programme which covers topics such as combating cognitive bias, keys to becoming a board member and how to increase your political acumen. These workshops seek to help you release your full potential and open the doors to hypergrowth.

High-level networking opportunities with our audience made up of African women leaders will also be made available to you through fun and innovative formats