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Dr Maureen Mwanawasa


Dr Maureen Mwanawasa, Zambia’s third First Lady, is a legal professional with extensive exposure to government, international relations, diplomacy and geo politics having served as First Lady of the Republic of Zambia (2001 – 2008). Dr Mwanawasa is also Managing Partner in the Messers Levy Mwanawasa and Company, a Volunteer Advocate for the Women and Children Legal Clinic, Council Member of the Women Rights Committee of the Law Association of Zambia and the Chairperson for the Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative.

Larissa Miller

CEO Phoenix Global

Larisa serves as CEO of Phoenix Global, LLC, an investment and development firm focusing mainly on projects in technology, energy and agriculture in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Additionally, she is Executive Vice President of STP Capital Partners, LLC (Skopje Technology Park, Skopje, Macedonia), and Chairman of LTP Capital Partners, LLC (Lusaka Technology Park). In addition to serving as an internationally renowned keynote speaker, Larisa serves on various executive and non-profit boards globally

John Armah

JA Ventures

John Armah is empowering Entrepreneurs with Training, Investment and Strategies to tackle some of Africa’s biggest problems as a Business Strategist, Investor and Entrepreneur. He serves as an Advisor on Boards contributing his expertise in Business Development and Capital raising to such firms. John’s work is focused on Business Advisory and Training, Private Equity, Venture Capital in Ghana. He is the Board Chairman, Junior Achievement, Ghana, serves on the Board of one of Ghana’s leading startup incubators, Kumasi Hive and others. Pioneer and Chairman of the Africa Youth Economic Forum, Model African Union Commission, Youngest Contributor to Ghana’s Budget, Former Business Radio Talk Show Host and a member of the African Community of Practice for Managing Development Results.

Hjortur Smarason


Hjortur Smarason | Founder and Principal S.A.L.T. School of Astronaut Leadership Training | ICELAND
Hjortur Smarason is an expert on communication strategies, brand positioning and crisis management. He has advised startups, tourism boards and governments on their branding and crisis communication strategies, such as Iceland after the economic collapse of 2008 and the volcanic eruptions of 2010 and 2011, Nepal after the earthquakes of 2015, as well as countries in Africa and Middle East following political turmoil and economic difficulties. Hjortur is the founder and principal of S.A.L.T., the School of Astronaut Leadership Training (www.astronautsintraining.com) where he offers leadership training together with astronauts and specialists from NASA

Dr Justina Mutale

JM Foundation

Dr. Justina Mutale is the Author of ‘The Art of iconic Leadership’ ,Also the African Woman of the Year (2012) Founder & President, Justina Mutale Foundation, Gender Equality Ambassador, International Women’s Think Tank Vice-President, United Kingdom National Alliance of Women’s Organisation’s Civil Society Speaker: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women; African Union High-Level Panel on Gender Equality; Commonwealth Women’s Forum

Youssouf Simbo Diakite


Youssouf did an MA in International Business Management and later served as an accountant and portfolio at ECO Bank. He is International Speaker and Consultant, Provider of Business dévelopment solution and He is a Mentor He founded the African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe and has developed the largest diaspora entrepreneurship forum AAC+ under the brand AcceleratedAfricaLab, CEO of Nyetaa : Mali incubation and Innovation center launched the African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe: a platform for African youth in diaspora to brainstorm on topics such as; education, training, employment and their contributions to development.His active involvement in programs to foster and empower the African CEOs.

Holger Vogt

MD Amena

Holger is a Market Entry Strategist, Private Sector Development Specialist and Entrepreneur with 15 years’ Africa experience in the private, public and third sector. He is a strong believer in the market potential of African countries and developed a unique approach to assist companies entering and growing their business on the continent. Over the last few years he developed an extensive network of high level contacts and a unique understanding of African market dynamics and its potential. As a strategic thinker with high analytical skills he successfully advised private sector companies on market entry strategies and increased clients’ overall sales and market share in Africa by establishing and managing local sales and distribution structures. He is a global citizen with German roots who managed to combine his passion for development and business.