Okonjo-Iweala to Speak at 2020 WISCAR Conference

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Ahmed Rahma

A leading player in the non-for-profit and women empowerment sector in Nigeria, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), has said one of the two contestants for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) director-general job, Dr Ngozi Ogozi-Iweala, will be at its annual conference.

The former Minister of Finance is the keynote speaker at the 2020 edition of the yearly leadership and mentoring seminar, which will hold virtually on Saturday, November 28, 2020.

A statement from the organisers said the event will feature key industry leaders who will lead proactive round table discussions on the theme The Future We Want.

In furtherance of the organisation’s commitment to closing the gender gap and empowering the potentials of professional women, the 2020 annual leadership conference will have in attendance over 25 globally acclaimed speakers, policymakers, industry key players, and thought leaders.

The programme is expected to give an opportunity to women, men and promoters of national growth to learn, network, grow, mentor and be empowered to become forces of change in the society.

Commenting on the event’s expectations, the convener of the event, Ms Amina Oyagbola, stated that, “This year’s theme reaffirms the urgent need to redefine our futuristic expectations as a nation and as groups.”

“We all must collectively chart the course to the Future We Want by proffering practical solutions and aligning with thoughtful insights that would propel Nigeria and Africa to the desired place.

“We are not promising an easy cause but as an organisation that has been championing the capacity building of professional women whilst bridging the gender gap for years, we assure all participants of an inspiring and insightful day.

“As part of our contribution to ameliorating the impact of COVID-19, WISCAR’s 2020 virtual annual leadership and mentoring conference participation is free.

“As a team, we would collectively deliberate, discuss and proffer solutions to attaining a better Nigeria and an envisaged future for all,” she said further.

Leading the panellist discussion are the founder of African Leadership Academy, Fred Swaniker; founder/CEO of JAVA Foods, Ms Monica Musonda; CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council, Ms Yewande Sadiku; and the co-founder of Paystack, Shola Akinlade.

The virtual event will be compered by a renowned communications consultant and the CEO of Daria Media, Ms Kadaria Ahmed and other guests that will deliver goodwill messages during the event, including the Minister Finance of Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; the Executive Director of United Nations Women, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka; the founder and Chairman of ANAP Business Jets Limited, Mr Atedo Peterside; the founder/Chairman of Africa Initiative for Governance,  Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; and the founder of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Centre for Leadership, Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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