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

01 – 02 October 2020

Supported by

Virtual Conference & Awards programme

More about the Top Women Virtual Conference

Bringing together global thought-leaders and experts to offer inspiration, practical solutions, networks and support to 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.

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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.

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Empowering Women in Africa


Top Female Thought Leaders


Award-Winning Case Studies & Panel Discussions


Interactive Breakaway Sessions

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Top Women Speakers

Zozibini Tunzi

Miss Universe and Gender Equality activist

Rolene Strauss

Professional Coach I Author I Director at RevitaHealth I Miss World 2014 I International Speaker

Hajer Sharief

Human rights advocate & Co-Founder of “Together we build it”

Peggy-Sue Khumalo

Chief Executive for the Wealth division at Standard Bank

Sim Tshabalala

Group Chief Executive of Standard Bank Group

Vera Songwe

Economist at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Tashima Ismail-Saville

CEO | Youth Employment Services

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Entertainer | Princess of Africa Foundation

Tebogo Mosito

CEO | Ditsogo Projects

Nneile Nkholise

Founder | 3DIMO

Allegro Dinkwanyane

Founder | Orgella Group

Duduzile Mkhwanazi

CEO | Project Isizwe

Emma Dicks

Co-Founder & Director | Code Space

Jerusha Govender

Owner, Founder & Managing Director | Data Innovator

Thembiso Magajana

Founder & CEO | Social Coding

Yolandi Schoeman

Founder | Baopod

Zanele Diniso

CEO | Periwinkle Home Executives

Zipho Sikhakhane

CEO | EMZ Advisory Group

Cindy Pearl Maphumulo

Managing Director | The Business Development Agency

Nonkululeko Gobodo

CEO | Nkululeko Leadership Consulting

Magda Wierzycka

CEO | Sygnia Group

Regina Honu

Founder | Soronko Solutions, Ghana

Tara Fela-Durotoye

Founder | House of Tara, Nigeria

Videsha Proothveerajh

CEO & Chairperson | Lexis Nexis

Dolly Mokgatle

Executive Director | Peotona

Tanya van Lill


Divine Ndhlukula

Founder and Managing Director | SECURICO

Nureshka Viranna

Co-founder and Director | ShopLi

Dr Adriana Marais

Founder | Proudly Human 


Key Themes

A gender-equal society is a win for everyone – Join us and set gender equality in motion

We need to talk – The gender and transformation agenda

Why women need to be at the centre of our economies

Enhancing gender empowerment through education

#SheTradeZA – Why the empowerment of women is critical to inclusive economic growth

Why women run the world!

Reshaping the future: Women, girls, ICT’s and the SDG’s

Achieving gender equality through diversity and inclusion in the 21st century workplace

 2020 Sponsors & Partners

Headline Sponsor

Celebrating visionary organisations that prioritise gender empowerment as integral to their strategy for growth and success.

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