Irene OchemFounder & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)
Irene Ochem is the founder and chief executive officer of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), a panAfrican and non-profit organization dedicated to fostering women’s economic inclusion and empowerment through entrepreneurship support and development. AWIEF works to close the gender gaps in entrepreneurship in Africa.
Irene is an entrepreneurship, trade and innovation specialist, with an MBA in International Management from the University of London. Her interest is focused on gender economic equity and social inclusion. She has 25+ years’ experience working in international development, research administration management, enterprise development, and private sector growth.
Her work at the strategic leadership of AWIEF is focused on driving female entrepreneurship, promoting enterprise and innovation, designing and implementing bespoke women-focused business support programmes across different African countries, and mobilizing resources and partnerships.
Irene is the Convener of the annual AWIEF Conference and Awards, launched in 2015, an international gathering of 1,300+ African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem stakeholders for dialogue on issues of women economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in Africa. She serves on Boards as Non-Executive Director.