Nigeria’s development sector is beaming brightly as female social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders meet in a first-of-its-kind women-focused networking conference to engage, share ideas and deepen perspectives on creating and catalysing Africa’s social prosperity at the forthcoming Women in Development Summit holding 9 a.m. on Thursday, 29thh March 2018 at Muson Center, Lagos.
The Summit, hosted by Ideation Hub Africa, is a rallying point for women in Nigeria who work for social good and global development across the African continent. It draws together the energetic ecosystem of women in NGOs, International Development Organisations, Foundations, Social Enterprises, Tech Start Ups, Civil Societies, CSR units of Organisations and the Government.
Debola Deji-Kurunmi, Executive Director of Ideation Hub Africa (host of the event) expressed enthusiasm saying “We believe that this Summit provides collaborative spaces, mentorship and opportunities for women in the space to further grow their capacity for sustainable social impact.”
This first edition themed “Women: Envisioning and Enabling Africa’s Future” will feature Keynote Speeches, Panel Sessions, Mentorship Roundtable and Open Conversations as well as Networking. The Summit offers a great opportunity for women in the third sector to understand the development ecosystem and gain expert advice for moving up with their careers, leading change, building a sustainable social profit business, accessing opportunities and scaling impact.
The Mentorship Roundtable also offers hand-holding by thought-leaders on specific issues including fund raising, attracting talents, partnerships, telling our stories, impact evaluation and reporting amongst others.
Speakers at Past Editions of Development Dialogue (our foremost development sector conference) include Dr. Ousman Dore (Nigerian Country Director, African Development Bank), Ndidi Nwuneli (LEAP Africa), Mosun Layode (Africa Philanthropy Forum), Gbenga Sesan (Paradigm Initiative Nigeria), Mfon Ekpo (John Maxwell Leadership Institute), Chude Jideonwo (RED Media), Nike Adeyemi (FATE Foundation), Akin Olukiran (IVSM), Peter Bamkole (Enterprise Development Center), Funbi Falayi (Passion Incubator), Crystal Chigbu (Irede Foundation), Sola Amusan (Microsoft) amongst others.
At the Women in Development Summit; we will host some of our nation’s brightest minds including Osayi Alile (CEO, ACT Foundation), Seyi Oyebisi (Executive Director, Nigerian Network of NGOs), Katja Schiller Nwator (Founder, Philanthropy Circuit), Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji (Founder/ CEO, RISE Networks), Oreoluwa Somolu-Lesi (Executive Director/ Founder, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), Adepeju Jaiyeoba (Founder, Mothers’ Delivery Kit), Toyin Adesola ( Founder/ Executive Director, Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative), Bekeme Masede (CEO, CSR in Action) and Nneka Okonkwo (CEO, Productivity Insights).! Partners to the Women in Development Summit include Crans Montana Forum, Geneva; Future Project Africa, HACEY Health Initiative, Institute of Voluntary Sector Management, NNNGO amongst others.
About Ideation Hub Africa
Ideation Hub Africa is a social profit accelerator, equipping development entrepreneurs and social innovators with high impact education, enterprise advisory and conferences for collaboration and thought leadership. Development Dialogue and Women in Development Summit are some of its initiatives.