Global Virtual Conference & Awards for Africa

2 full-day immersive virtual conference |  Breakaway sessions

Virtual expo & exhibitions | Live Q&A sessions

Fast-Track Networking | Remote Meetups

12th – 13th October 2022

More about the Top Women Virtual Conference

Bringing together global thought-leaders and experts to offer inspiration, practical solutions, networks and support t0 10,000 women entrepreneurs in Africa. Giving them the tools and knowledge to navigate the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy, and to help drive growth and trade in Africa.

This 2 full-day immersive virtual conference will feature multiple breakaway sessions, live Q&A sessions, remote meetups, and access to fast-track networking sessions. With 100 global industry leaders, futurists, award-winning entrepreneurs, policymakers, industry bodies, and philanthropists, this anticipated to be the biggest global digital event for women entrepreneurs, allowing unprecedented access, networking and engagement.

Standard Bank Top Women


Standard Bank is very excited about this partnership because it aligns with our values; gender-empowerment of diversity, of inclusion. We genuinely believe that when you empower women you empower the organisation, you empower the nation and certainly our continent of Africa.

– Sola David-Borha, Chief Executive Africa Regions, Standard Bank

I’m very encouraged at the efforts continuously by Standard Bank Top Women to ensure that Awareness and Advancement of Gender Equity are championed. I’m proud to partner and be a part of the Top Women Conference to converse, collaborate and celebrate women in entrepreneurship and business as we tackle sustainable and innovative solutions.

– Vuyo Dubese, African millennial in media and technology

Shining a spotlight on South Africa’s leading women in business and government and also in celebrating contributions of organisations that have made some really big strides in terms of creating a gender-equal South Africa.

– Carol Tshabalala, Award-Winning Sportscaster

It’s amazing being at this conference and seeing people in their own bodies, in their own lives taking control feeling strong, going what’s my next, what am I doing, how do I follow my passion. And that is just such a delight to be around all this amazing energy.

– Kate Emmerson, Director of Quick Shift Deva pty ltd.

Standard bank top women

Empowering Women in Africa


Top Female Thought Leaders


Award-Winning Case Studies & Panel Discussions


Interactive Breakaway Sessions


Top Women Speakers

Tracy Kajumba

Principal Researcher and Team Leader | IIED Climate Change Group, Uganda

Sodfa Daaji

Founder and Executive Director | African Legal Think Tank on Women’s Rights, Tunisia

Shehnaz Cassim Moosa

Senior Resilience Analyst | City of Cape Town

Sarai Chisala-Tempelhoff

Founder and Executive Director |Gender and Justice Unit (GJU), Malawi

Professor Najat Aoun Saliba

Professor in Chemistry | American University of Beirut & Co-founder and Executive Director, Khaddit Beirut, Lebanon

Parimita Mohanty

Programme Management Officer | Renewable Energy, UNEP Asia Pacific, India

Nahla Valji

Senior Advisor | United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Canada

Masana Ndinga-Kanga

Programmes Director | Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa

Mariana Moura Santos

Founder and CEO|Chicas Poderosas, Portugal

Khara Jabola-Carolus

Executive Director | Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, USA

Aisha Baker

Founder and CD | The Baked Collection, South Africa

Eva Mwai,

Regional Director | East Africa North Star Alliance, Kenya

Dr. Rebecca Calder

Co-Founder | Kore Global Consulting, Canada

Dr. Charlotte Karam

Founding Director | Center of Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Mona Lena Krook

Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Women & Politics Ph.D. Program | Rutgers University, USA

Dr. Mabel Bianco

Founder and Director | Foundation for Studies and Research on Women (FEIM), Argentina

Akila Radhakrishnan

President | Global Justice Center, USA

Annette Wallgren

Programme Management Officer | Gender & Climate Change, UNEP Asia Pacific, Sweden

Shirley Machaba

CEO | PWC , South Africa

Cindy Pearl Maphumulo

Managing Director | The Business Development Agency

Ferial Haffajee

Associate editor | Daily Maverick , South Africa

Duduzile Mkhwanzi

Founder and Director | Uju Digital, South Africa.

Thuli Madonsela

Law professor |University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Thabile Makgala

Executive: Eastern Limb | Implats, South Africa

Jenita Suknunun

Lead: Head of Legal | Netstar, South Africa

Judith Heumann

American Disability Rights Activist, USA

Lee-Ann Samuel

Group Executive: People | Implats, South Africa

Dr. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju

Managing Director | The Education Partnership Centre, Nigeria

Ms Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams

Minister of Small Business Development | African National Congress, South Africa

Nokuthula Magwaza

Founder & MD | Bloom Marketing Agency, South Africa

Pamela Xaba

Head of Human Capital | Netstar, South Africa

Pierre Bruwer

Managing Director | Netstar, South Africa

Simphiwe Mendy Dludlu

U17 Women’s National Team Head Coach, South Africa

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