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RISING LEADERS’ SUMMIT netherlands- 2020

Leadership. Women. Innovation.


The Rising Leaders’ African Summit will bring together industry leaders, business executives, policy makers, female professionals, entrepreneurs and international business leaders to share knowledge and best practices in advancing the economic empowerment and leadership inclusion of the African woman.

The summit will showcase keynotes, panels and workshops on governance, creative leadership, the latest tech innovations with focus on Agriculture, Energy and E-Trade.

We will explore the role of women and youths in nation-building and how to get more women to sit at the decision-making table in government, businesses and corporations.

This event is organised by Rise and Lead, a social organisation with its head office in the Netherlands, providing skills, knowledge and thought leadership to women and organisations. Our purpose is a more inclusive and sustainable future – creating a sustainable and prosperous society by empowering women as leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers.

Our Speakers

Ebere Akadiri

Founder, Rise and Lead Women, CEO of Ataro Foods and Spices

Adebola Kupoluyi

Senior Manager Finance Operations – ATC Nigeria Wireless Infrastructure, County Ambassador of Rise and Lead Women

Charles O’Tudor

Brand Strategist & Engagement Consultant

Adwoa Kufuor-Owusu

Regional Adviser on Gender and Women’s Rights

Barbara Piper

International MentorCoach and Compassion Entrepreneur

What You Can Expect at The Rising Leaders’ Summit


Learn from Established Leaders from Around the Continent and Beyond

Learn from curated workshops led by notable industry leaders and executives to ensure you’re ahead of the curve. Enhance your knowledge of leadership and Innovation to maximise your growth and impact in the workplace and the marketplace.

Connect and Collaborate

Meet fellow leaders and professionals who, like you, want to make a more significant impact in their respective industries and businesses. Dedicated networking events allow you to connect and collaborate and forge meaningful relationships with all attendees.

Take Your Leadership to the Next Level

Keynotes and Panel Discussions will share actionable tips and strategies on how to effectively amplify your voice and the voices of women in the male-dominated space. Learn and share your experiences and knowledge with a community that will encourage you to take the lead and serve as an inspiration to others.

What you will take away:

  • Knowledge and Tools: Gain practical knowledge and insights that will enable you to make a more significant impact as a leader in your business and industry.
  • Connections: Network with business executives, investors, experts and industry leaders and form lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Community: Form meaningful relationships with fellow women leaders and professionals, whose encouragement and support will help your journey towards leadership.
  • Inspiration: Hear from women and male allies who are making a difference in different industries and sectors, hear best practices and be inspired to make an impact on your own.




Women. Leadership and Innovation: Unleashing the creativity of African Leaders and Entrepreneurs


Panel Sessions

  • Getting more women into governance – in government, the C-Suite and corporate boards
  • Women, Innovation and the Economy: Improving the economic empowerment of Women in Business.
  • Changing mindsets and changing the face of leadership: Confronting cultural and gender bias in organisations and society
  • Promoting and sustaining rural entrepreneurship and economic participation of women in the Agro-food and Energy sectors.

Workshop Tracks

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track

  • Digital Transformation: using digital technologies to promote SMEs
  • Manufacturing locally and selling internationally: understand how to sell local products through the digital marketplace
  • Corporate Innovation partnerships to drive social impact and scale small businesses beyond Africa.
  • Business brand and marketing strategies to grow your small business

Women & Governance Track

  • Changing mindsets and changing the face of leadership
  • How to become Board ready
  • How to play big in politics – negotiations and building an executive presence

Workplace Leadership Advancement For Women

  • Building a career in STEM for women and youths
  • Improving your personal brand and leadership presence
  • Building confidence and taking the lead to drive social changes toward closing the gender gap in your workplace
  • Confronting cultural and gender bias in organisations and society

C-Level Roundtable Conversation (by invitation only)

  • Leadership Development & Digital Transformation: The need to equip your workforce to embrace the change.
  • Advancing Women in Leadership for More Prosperous and Sustainable World

You have the questions
and we’ve got the answers!


Companies and Organizations Represented at the Conference

Media Partners

About Rise & Lead

Thanks for your interest in the Rising Leaders African Summit! We created this event because we envision a world where everyone is empowered to be their best, unleash their full potential and realize that their voice counts.

At Rise & Lead, we are passionate about women in leadership and equal opportunities and want to inspire and create more leaders who will, in turn, drive the changes that our world needs today: building a more inclusive workforce, more equitable funding spaces and creating more leaders.

Together let’s #RiseandLead, #TakeaStand4Inclusion and #leadthechange towards a more equitable and inclusive workplace, marketplace and society for ALL.

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