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20 Inspirational Women of
         African Diaspora in
               Europe
                                      2011 List



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20 Inspirational Women of African Diaspora in Europe 2011




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How This List Has Been Built?


• This is the result of the votes cast for women
  from the African Diaspora who people find
  inspirational
• What ‘Inspirational’ means was left to the voters’
  own appreciation of what that means for them
• The reasons why these women are inspirational
  are included in their profiles
• Nominations were submitted between 24/01 and
  03/03/2011
• The aim of this first list in 2011 is to give more
  visibility to African Diaspora women in Europe

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Chimamanda Ngozi ADICHIE
                              Novelist

Photo                      In 2007, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie became the first
                           African writer to win the Orange Prize for Fiction with Half
                           of a Yellow Sun, a novel set amid the bloody violence of
                           the Biafran war in her native Nigeria.
                           Born in 1977, Chimamanda grew up in Nsukka, Nigeria
                           before moving to the US. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus
                           (2003), won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. She uses
                           her fictional characters to inspire her readers to live
                           according to their strengths. She is ‘bold, fearless and
                           unapologetic’.
                           Her speech "The Danger of a Single Story" at TED has
                           inspired people across continents.



http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chimamanda-Adichie/77498713718
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Francine BELEYI
                      Founder of nucleus of change
                             Born in Paris and raised in Lome-Togo, Francine is a
Photo                        Change Strategist & Business Coach. She advises,
                             coaches and mentors business owners & leaders across
                             organisations for an enhanced performance. She is also a
                             speaker and talks about personal and business change.
                             Prior to establishing her business, Francine has led multi-
                             million pound projects for multinational corporations in
                             Africa, France and the UK.
                             Francine is passionate about grooming the next
                             generation of Authentic Leaders and is committed in
                             helping the most disadvantaged people. She is project
                             manager of a social project, SOHCA that is building a
                             school in Sierra Leone. Francine is equally dedicated to
                             the empowerment of women and served in the steering
                             committee of EPWN-London for 2 years to raise the voice
                             of women in leadership roles and the aspiring leaders.
http://www.nucleusofchange.com http://twitter/francinebeleyi
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Simi BELO
                        Inventor and Entrepreneur

Photo                      Simi Belo’s invention, the Simi Weave™, has been
                           heralded by industry-leading magazine Black Beauty &
                           Hair as ‘a new invention set to take the hairdressing world
                           by storm’. Sold internationally, Simi’s products have been
                           an overnight success amongst customers, hair and
                           beauty experts, the media, celebrities and retailers alike.
                           Her company won six major national and international
                           awards, and has been short listed for numerous ones.
                           Simi also takes the time to share her experiences and
                           expertise with other entrepreneurs and inventors to help
                           them succeed with their products and services.



                           http://www.SimiWeave.com/pages/SimiBelo

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Ngozi EDOZIEN
                         Head of Actis West Africa

Photo                      Ngozi Edozien is the Head of Actis West Africa. Ngozi is
                           responsible for all aspects of Actis’s private equity
                           business in West Africa. Actis is currently involved in a
                           number of companies in West Africa including Diamond
                           Bank, Mouka Foam, UAC and Exoro (Seven Energy).
                           Prior to Actis, Ngozi was the founding CEO of EVHA, an
                           innovative investment vehicle focused on expanding
                           access to healthcare goods and services in sub-Saharan
                           Africa. Ngozi began her career in investment banking at
                           Solomon Brothers and then at JP Morgan. Post MBA,
                           Ngozi worked for McKinsey & Co. in London and Paris



                   http://www.act.is/515,52/Ngozi_Edozien
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Ida HORNER
                       Founder of Ethnic Supplies

Photo                      Ida has been voted for her work in helping and inspiring
                           African women in the UK to become financially
                           independent.
                           Ethnic Supplies is a social enterprise working to alleviate
                           poverty amongst East African women involved in textile
                           and handicraft production.
                           Ida also helps the women of her native Uganda. She is
                           the editor of Africa on the Blog, so that the voices of ALL
                           Africans get heard.
                           She got a top 100 website to donate the revenue from it's
                           advertising to sponsor twin girls in Uganda.

                               http://ethnicsupplies.org/
                               http://www.Africaontheblog.com Links
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Mariéme JAMME
   Philanthropist, CEO and social Entrepreneur
                           Mariéme is CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a
Photo                      company that helps IT organizations to access Europe,
                           the EMEA markets. She also created iConscience.co.uk,
                           a think tank that brings together business experts and
                           like-minded individuals to brainstorm ethical scenarios for
                           sustainable business, social, technological and
                           environmental development in Africa.
                           Mariéme is passionate about empowering Africans
                           through education and social entrepreneurship. She is
                           also an international speaker, and an advocate for
                           education and health on the African continent. She works
                           with the UK Home Office and advise them on how to help
                           members of the African Diaspora transfer their knowledge
                           and skills to their countries of origin.

                                            http://mariemejamme.com/
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Salha KAITESI
           Entrepreneur, Founder and Proprietor
                           Salha is acclaimed by many voters as embodying the
Photo                      new Rwanda. This African country that was once ravaged
                           by genocide is now healing through its largely ambitious
                           social economic development plan.
                           Salha was inspired by the hard working men and women
                           of different associations that sold local crafts in Rwanda.
                           Most of the members of these associations are survivors
                           of the genocide and include both the wives of people who
                           committed atrocities and the victims of rape who are now
                           HIV positive. Their crafting skills passed down from one
                           generation to the other constitute their only means of
                           earning an income for them and their families. With
                           Beauty of Rwanda, Salha helps this community by
                           marketing actively online their unique cultural products.

                               http://www.beautyofrwanda.com/
                               http://www.twitter.com/beautyofrwanda
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Wendy MCLEAN
                        Jewellery designer / maker

Photo                      Wendy has been nominated as someone who inspires
                           others to believe in the truth and to seek out their own
                           strengths. She previously worked as an R&D scientist
                           during the apartheid era in South Africa during the 1990's
                           as a so-called coloured person. Wendy have since been
                           living in the UK (from 1998).
                           Her chemistry career never really took up in the UK and
                           she is now divorced and single, and running her own
                           business in the area of Peterborough, as a jewellery
                           designer maker. She also run jewellery workshops to
                           teach her unique style of jewellery making. She believes
                           thar her science background definitely helped in many of
                           her decisions and entrepreneurial abilities.

                               http://www.designbywendy.co.uk

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Mukami MCCRUM, MBE
                                Politician
                           Mukami McCrum, former Director of Central Scotland
Photo                      Race Equality, currently works with Scottish Government
                           as a Policy manager to the Gender Equality and Violence
                           Against Women team of the Scottish Government. She is
                           also a co-founder of Shakti women's aid, founder of
                           Mukuyu women. Mukami inspirational fight for justice,
                           racism and women rights is remarkable.
                           She always goes the extra mile, however busy she is she
                           always manages to give her time. She has been
                           nominated for her deep and personal commitment to
                           peace, equality and justice and she will fight till the end.
                           She has been recognised by the Queen and honoured
                           with an MBE.

                    http://www.centralscotlandrec.org.uk/id20.html
                                                              Links
      http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/jpc/echoes/echoes-17-03.html

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Kanini MUTONI
Audit Director at Private Bank Kleinwort Benson and
                owner of myAzimia.org
Photo                       This young Kenyan woman of 35, left her home country
                            10 years ago and has scaled to the top of her profession
                            in Europe. She has been recognised in Kenya and ranked
                            as one of the top 40 women under 40 and nominated and
                            shortlisted in the UK as a Shell Woman of the Year (UK)
                            2010 and as the Barclays Wealth Woman of the City
                            (2010).
                            She has just set up a microfinance platform to fund
                            women owned businesses in sub-saharan Africa, a social
                            enterprise to play her part in the development of Africa.


                                       http://www.myAzimia.org
                                                               Links
                                http://uk.linkedin.com/in/kaninimutooni

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Freda MUYAMBO
             Electrical Engineer/Project Manager

Photo                      This young African female has chosen to study and work
                           in a male dominated and challenging field: electrical
                           engineering for a UKs Utilities and Power industry. She
                           takes on electrical infrastructure projects and supplies
                           customers with up to 132,000 volt connections.
                           She is on site and in board rooms reporting project
                           performance to directors, chairpersons and other
                           stakeholders.
                           Her work inspires the blog
                           afriquanwoman.wordpress.com




      http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/freda-muyambo/25/b17/54      Links
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Nyakio NDUNGU
                   Entrepreneur Beauty & Fashion

Photo                       Nyakio Ndungu has defied the odds and made
                            opportunities where none existed. After graduating from
                            Edinburgh University in 2008, at the height of the
                            Economic recession, with a lack of opportunities in
                            Banking and finance, she has launched OKIANY, an
                            ethical, African Inspired Fashion line whose aims are not
                            only to spread African culture in Scotland through fashion,
                            but whose garments tell a story of a woman's journey to
                            work her way out of poverty.
                            She is an inspiration to the youth in Glasgow and in
                            Kenya where the lives of several women depend on their
                            work with OKIANY.
                       http://www.okiany.com
http://www.businessfightspoverty.org/profile/NyakioNdungu      Links
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Tchi Mbouani NGALIAE
                    Consultant and Entrepreneur

Photo n/a                 In 2010, Tchi Mbouani set up Kosia, a consultancy
                          practice advising businesses willing to expand into Africa.
                          Kosia aims at fostering inter-continental business
                          linkages and knowledge transfer.

                          Tchi Mbouani studied in France and Germany and holds
                          a Master’s degree in Business Management from EDHEC
                          Business School.




                                   http://www.kosiacompany.com

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Ify OTUYI
                                               Singer

Photo                      A Singer, Songwriter and Performer, Ify Otuya studied
                           Music Performance and Production at the London Centre
                           of Contemporary Music. She is talented, motivated and
                           with a relentless personality.
                           Based in London, she's written, recorded and toured the
                           UK with musicians including Folk-Soul sensation
                           Whateverland, and Contemporary vocal group Souls of
                           Prophecy Gospel Choir (Prince's Trust Fund). She's also
                           been visible at different times, in circles within the
                           Nigerian music industry (Felabration, Star Trek).



                                      http://www.myspace.com/ify2u
                                                              Links
                               http://www.facebook.com/IfyOtuyaMusic

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Gail PAMEL
                                    Founder of Ace

                          The dance company Ace Dance has been praised not
                          only for its international work but also for the impact made
                          working with the local multicultural community in
                          Birmingham and further afield.
                          Gail inspires children and adults via inclusive participatory
                          classes which give opportunities for families and
                          individuals to experience contemporary dance in a
                          professional setting regardless of ethnicity or ability.




                  http://www.acedanceandmusic.com/aboutus.htmLinks
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Naomi SESAY
                Founder of Billionaire ladies club

Photo                      Naomi Sesay is an International Speaker, author and the
                           founder of Billionaire Ladies Club. Her goal is to lead
                           entrepreneurs to financial freedom. Naomi powerfully
                           inspires entrepreneurs into thinking bigger than just the
                           income stream.
                           Passionate about global transformation, Naomi
                           successfully links the power of entrepreneurship, social
                           contribution and creating a phenomenal lifestyle into
                           seamless steps of action.
                           She is the founder of SOHCA, a social project for building
                           a school in Sierra Leone and other poor countries.



                                                              Links
                               http://www.billionaireladiesclub.com

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Hapsatou SY
           Entrepreneur and founder of Ethnicia

Photo                      Hapsatou has been nominated as a role model and a
                           proof that business success is possible regardless the
                           obstacles.
                           Raised in one of the most challenging Parisian suburbs,
                           this young lady started her business in 2005 from scratch
                           and has now several salons across France and manages
                           70 employees.
                           She has launched an initiative ‘100 women who have
                           decide to change their life” to give the opportunity to
                           these women to start their own beauty salons and create
                           jobs.

                               http://www.ethnicia.com/
                               http://hapsatousy.typepad.com/ Links
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Dr Jane WAI-OGOSSOU
              Global Health & Project Consultant

Photo                      Dr Wai Ogosu is the founding member of 3 organisations
                           for developmental projects in Africa: London Focus
                           Group Sickle Cell Africa, AfrikCare and Experiential
                           Christian Ministries.
                           For Dr Ogosu, the best drivers for Africa development are
                           Africans themselves who can drive projects from bottom
                           up by mobilizing the grassroots to get involved in building
                           community democracies, rather than relying on billions of
                           pounds worth of aid that have limited results in achieving
                           a real impact. She is passionate about reversing the
                           'braindrain' in Africa into a 'braingain'.
                           There are positive results of her work in countries like
                           Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana.

                               http://www.afrikcarecim.com

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Frances MENSAH WILLIAMS
   Chief Executive of Interims for Development,
     publisher and Editor of ReConnect Africa
Photo                      Interims for Development is an award-winning UK-based
                           Human Resources, Careers and Training consultancy.
                           The company has assisted businesses and organisations
                           across Africa, providing volunteer Interim Managers for
                           skills and capacity building as well as HR consultancy
                           services, Diaspora recruitment and in-house/open training
                           programmes.
                           ReConnect Africa is an online magazine and website
                           providing essential information on careers and business
                           for African professionals in the Diaspora.


                               http://www.reconnectafrica.com
                               http://www.interimsfd.com      Links
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Rhoda WILSON
                                     Talk Show Host

Photo                      Rhoda Wilson has built her brand and her vision through
                           hard work, dedication and passion.
                           Her strapline "Inspiring you to aspire" has become a
                           motivational mantra for many. All the guests on her show
                           have responded with gusto to her work ethos, her
                           personality and her vision.
                           From her roots in Nigeria to her talk show in the UK,
                           Rhoda Wilson is fast becoming an international
                           phenomenon.




      http://therhodawilsonshow.wordpress.com/about/          Links
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What is ADIPWE?

• ADIPWE, African Diaspora Professional Women in
  Europe is an online forum with the aim to:
   – Celebrate the success of African Women in Europe
   – Give the visibility to African Women who have
     achieved success in their own way but are still
     unknown
   – Inspire the new generation of African Women and
     share ideas to fulfil their potential
   – Contribute to Africa rebranding and development by
     identifying opportunities to transfer the vast amount of
     knowledge gained in Europe
• This forum is open not only to all women of African
  Diaspora but also to those who have a passion about
  Africa development

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Credits photos




               businessfightpoverty.org                acedanceandmusic.com
                designbywendy.co.uk                    entrepreneusemag.typad
                 reconnectAfrica.com                     africaontheblog.com
                  stopandstir org uk                           topnews.in
                  voice-online.co.uk                     mariemejamme.com
                    myspace.com                            beautyofrawanda
                    tiloumag.com                             linkedin.com
                         Act.is                                 prlog.com




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Other Information

Editor: Francine Beleyi, founder of African Diaspora
Professional Women in Europe (ADIPWE)

To download the full list of ADIPWE Top 20 list 2011 go to
http://Adipwe.wordpress.com
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If you want to stay in touch for the 2012 edition, please go to
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Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe

  • 1. 20 Inspirational Women of African Diaspora in Europe 2011 List Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 2. 20 Inspirational Women of African Diaspora in Europe 2011 Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 3. How This List Has Been Built? • This is the result of the votes cast for women from the African Diaspora who people find inspirational • What ‘Inspirational’ means was left to the voters’ own appreciation of what that means for them • The reasons why these women are inspirational are included in their profiles • Nominations were submitted between 24/01 and 03/03/2011 • The aim of this first list in 2011 is to give more visibility to African Diaspora women in Europe Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 4. Chimamanda Ngozi ADICHIE Novelist Photo In 2007, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie became the first African writer to win the Orange Prize for Fiction with Half of a Yellow Sun, a novel set amid the bloody violence of the Biafran war in her native Nigeria. Born in 1977, Chimamanda grew up in Nsukka, Nigeria before moving to the US. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. She uses her fictional characters to inspire her readers to live according to their strengths. She is ‘bold, fearless and unapologetic’. Her speech "The Danger of a Single Story" at TED has inspired people across continents. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chimamanda-Adichie/77498713718 Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 5. Francine BELEYI Founder of nucleus of change Born in Paris and raised in Lome-Togo, Francine is a Photo Change Strategist & Business Coach. She advises, coaches and mentors business owners & leaders across organisations for an enhanced performance. She is also a speaker and talks about personal and business change. Prior to establishing her business, Francine has led multi- million pound projects for multinational corporations in Africa, France and the UK. Francine is passionate about grooming the next generation of Authentic Leaders and is committed in helping the most disadvantaged people. She is project manager of a social project, SOHCA that is building a school in Sierra Leone. Francine is equally dedicated to the empowerment of women and served in the steering committee of EPWN-London for 2 years to raise the voice of women in leadership roles and the aspiring leaders. http://www.nucleusofchange.com http://twitter/francinebeleyi Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 6. Simi BELO Inventor and Entrepreneur Photo Simi Belo’s invention, the Simi Weave™, has been heralded by industry-leading magazine Black Beauty & Hair as ‘a new invention set to take the hairdressing world by storm’. Sold internationally, Simi’s products have been an overnight success amongst customers, hair and beauty experts, the media, celebrities and retailers alike. Her company won six major national and international awards, and has been short listed for numerous ones. Simi also takes the time to share her experiences and expertise with other entrepreneurs and inventors to help them succeed with their products and services. http://www.SimiWeave.com/pages/SimiBelo Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 7. Ngozi EDOZIEN Head of Actis West Africa Photo Ngozi Edozien is the Head of Actis West Africa. Ngozi is responsible for all aspects of Actis’s private equity business in West Africa. Actis is currently involved in a number of companies in West Africa including Diamond Bank, Mouka Foam, UAC and Exoro (Seven Energy). Prior to Actis, Ngozi was the founding CEO of EVHA, an innovative investment vehicle focused on expanding access to healthcare goods and services in sub-Saharan Africa. Ngozi began her career in investment banking at Solomon Brothers and then at JP Morgan. Post MBA, Ngozi worked for McKinsey & Co. in London and Paris http://www.act.is/515,52/Ngozi_Edozien Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 8. Ida HORNER Founder of Ethnic Supplies Photo Ida has been voted for her work in helping and inspiring African women in the UK to become financially independent. Ethnic Supplies is a social enterprise working to alleviate poverty amongst East African women involved in textile and handicraft production. Ida also helps the women of her native Uganda. She is the editor of Africa on the Blog, so that the voices of ALL Africans get heard. She got a top 100 website to donate the revenue from it's advertising to sponsor twin girls in Uganda. http://ethnicsupplies.org/ http://www.Africaontheblog.com Links Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 9. Mariéme JAMME Philanthropist, CEO and social Entrepreneur Mariéme is CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a Photo company that helps IT organizations to access Europe, the EMEA markets. She also created iConscience.co.uk, a think tank that brings together business experts and like-minded individuals to brainstorm ethical scenarios for sustainable business, social, technological and environmental development in Africa. Mariéme is passionate about empowering Africans through education and social entrepreneurship. She is also an international speaker, and an advocate for education and health on the African continent. She works with the UK Home Office and advise them on how to help members of the African Diaspora transfer their knowledge and skills to their countries of origin. http://mariemejamme.com/ Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 10. Salha KAITESI Entrepreneur, Founder and Proprietor Salha is acclaimed by many voters as embodying the Photo new Rwanda. This African country that was once ravaged by genocide is now healing through its largely ambitious social economic development plan. Salha was inspired by the hard working men and women of different associations that sold local crafts in Rwanda. Most of the members of these associations are survivors of the genocide and include both the wives of people who committed atrocities and the victims of rape who are now HIV positive. Their crafting skills passed down from one generation to the other constitute their only means of earning an income for them and their families. With Beauty of Rwanda, Salha helps this community by marketing actively online their unique cultural products. http://www.beautyofrwanda.com/ http://www.twitter.com/beautyofrwanda Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 11. Wendy MCLEAN Jewellery designer / maker Photo Wendy has been nominated as someone who inspires others to believe in the truth and to seek out their own strengths. She previously worked as an R&D scientist during the apartheid era in South Africa during the 1990's as a so-called coloured person. Wendy have since been living in the UK (from 1998). Her chemistry career never really took up in the UK and she is now divorced and single, and running her own business in the area of Peterborough, as a jewellery designer maker. She also run jewellery workshops to teach her unique style of jewellery making. She believes thar her science background definitely helped in many of her decisions and entrepreneurial abilities. http://www.designbywendy.co.uk Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 12. Mukami MCCRUM, MBE Politician Mukami McCrum, former Director of Central Scotland Photo Race Equality, currently works with Scottish Government as a Policy manager to the Gender Equality and Violence Against Women team of the Scottish Government. She is also a co-founder of Shakti women's aid, founder of Mukuyu women. Mukami inspirational fight for justice, racism and women rights is remarkable. She always goes the extra mile, however busy she is she always manages to give her time. She has been nominated for her deep and personal commitment to peace, equality and justice and she will fight till the end. She has been recognised by the Queen and honoured with an MBE. http://www.centralscotlandrec.org.uk/id20.html Links http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/jpc/echoes/echoes-17-03.html Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 13. Kanini MUTONI Audit Director at Private Bank Kleinwort Benson and owner of myAzimia.org Photo This young Kenyan woman of 35, left her home country 10 years ago and has scaled to the top of her profession in Europe. She has been recognised in Kenya and ranked as one of the top 40 women under 40 and nominated and shortlisted in the UK as a Shell Woman of the Year (UK) 2010 and as the Barclays Wealth Woman of the City (2010). She has just set up a microfinance platform to fund women owned businesses in sub-saharan Africa, a social enterprise to play her part in the development of Africa. http://www.myAzimia.org Links http://uk.linkedin.com/in/kaninimutooni Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 14. Freda MUYAMBO Electrical Engineer/Project Manager Photo This young African female has chosen to study and work in a male dominated and challenging field: electrical engineering for a UKs Utilities and Power industry. She takes on electrical infrastructure projects and supplies customers with up to 132,000 volt connections. She is on site and in board rooms reporting project performance to directors, chairpersons and other stakeholders. Her work inspires the blog afriquanwoman.wordpress.com http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/freda-muyambo/25/b17/54 Links Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 15. Nyakio NDUNGU Entrepreneur Beauty & Fashion Photo Nyakio Ndungu has defied the odds and made opportunities where none existed. After graduating from Edinburgh University in 2008, at the height of the Economic recession, with a lack of opportunities in Banking and finance, she has launched OKIANY, an ethical, African Inspired Fashion line whose aims are not only to spread African culture in Scotland through fashion, but whose garments tell a story of a woman's journey to work her way out of poverty. She is an inspiration to the youth in Glasgow and in Kenya where the lives of several women depend on their work with OKIANY. http://www.okiany.com http://www.businessfightspoverty.org/profile/NyakioNdungu Links Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 16. Tchi Mbouani NGALIAE Consultant and Entrepreneur Photo n/a In 2010, Tchi Mbouani set up Kosia, a consultancy practice advising businesses willing to expand into Africa. Kosia aims at fostering inter-continental business linkages and knowledge transfer. Tchi Mbouani studied in France and Germany and holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from EDHEC Business School. http://www.kosiacompany.com Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 17. Ify OTUYI Singer Photo A Singer, Songwriter and Performer, Ify Otuya studied Music Performance and Production at the London Centre of Contemporary Music. She is talented, motivated and with a relentless personality. Based in London, she's written, recorded and toured the UK with musicians including Folk-Soul sensation Whateverland, and Contemporary vocal group Souls of Prophecy Gospel Choir (Prince's Trust Fund). She's also been visible at different times, in circles within the Nigerian music industry (Felabration, Star Trek). http://www.myspace.com/ify2u Links http://www.facebook.com/IfyOtuyaMusic Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 18. Gail PAMEL Founder of Ace The dance company Ace Dance has been praised not only for its international work but also for the impact made working with the local multicultural community in Birmingham and further afield. Gail inspires children and adults via inclusive participatory classes which give opportunities for families and individuals to experience contemporary dance in a professional setting regardless of ethnicity or ability. http://www.acedanceandmusic.com/aboutus.htmLinks Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 19. Naomi SESAY Founder of Billionaire ladies club Photo Naomi Sesay is an International Speaker, author and the founder of Billionaire Ladies Club. Her goal is to lead entrepreneurs to financial freedom. Naomi powerfully inspires entrepreneurs into thinking bigger than just the income stream. Passionate about global transformation, Naomi successfully links the power of entrepreneurship, social contribution and creating a phenomenal lifestyle into seamless steps of action. She is the founder of SOHCA, a social project for building a school in Sierra Leone and other poor countries. Links http://www.billionaireladiesclub.com Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 20. Hapsatou SY Entrepreneur and founder of Ethnicia Photo Hapsatou has been nominated as a role model and a proof that business success is possible regardless the obstacles. Raised in one of the most challenging Parisian suburbs, this young lady started her business in 2005 from scratch and has now several salons across France and manages 70 employees. She has launched an initiative ‘100 women who have decide to change their life” to give the opportunity to these women to start their own beauty salons and create jobs. http://www.ethnicia.com/ http://hapsatousy.typepad.com/ Links Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 21. Dr Jane WAI-OGOSSOU Global Health & Project Consultant Photo Dr Wai Ogosu is the founding member of 3 organisations for developmental projects in Africa: London Focus Group Sickle Cell Africa, AfrikCare and Experiential Christian Ministries. For Dr Ogosu, the best drivers for Africa development are Africans themselves who can drive projects from bottom up by mobilizing the grassroots to get involved in building community democracies, rather than relying on billions of pounds worth of aid that have limited results in achieving a real impact. She is passionate about reversing the 'braindrain' in Africa into a 'braingain'. There are positive results of her work in countries like Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana. http://www.afrikcarecim.com Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 22. Frances MENSAH WILLIAMS Chief Executive of Interims for Development, publisher and Editor of ReConnect Africa Photo Interims for Development is an award-winning UK-based Human Resources, Careers and Training consultancy. The company has assisted businesses and organisations across Africa, providing volunteer Interim Managers for skills and capacity building as well as HR consultancy services, Diaspora recruitment and in-house/open training programmes. ReConnect Africa is an online magazine and website providing essential information on careers and business for African professionals in the Diaspora. http://www.reconnectafrica.com http://www.interimsfd.com Links Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 23. Rhoda WILSON Talk Show Host Photo Rhoda Wilson has built her brand and her vision through hard work, dedication and passion. Her strapline "Inspiring you to aspire" has become a motivational mantra for many. All the guests on her show have responded with gusto to her work ethos, her personality and her vision. From her roots in Nigeria to her talk show in the UK, Rhoda Wilson is fast becoming an international phenomenon. http://therhodawilsonshow.wordpress.com/about/ Links Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 24. What is ADIPWE? • ADIPWE, African Diaspora Professional Women in Europe is an online forum with the aim to: – Celebrate the success of African Women in Europe – Give the visibility to African Women who have achieved success in their own way but are still unknown – Inspire the new generation of African Women and share ideas to fulfil their potential – Contribute to Africa rebranding and development by identifying opportunities to transfer the vast amount of knowledge gained in Europe • This forum is open not only to all women of African Diaspora but also to those who have a passion about Africa development Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 25. Credits photos businessfightpoverty.org acedanceandmusic.com designbywendy.co.uk entrepreneusemag.typad reconnectAfrica.com africaontheblog.com stopandstir org uk topnews.in voice-online.co.uk mariemejamme.com myspace.com beautyofrawanda tiloumag.com linkedin.com Act.is prlog.com Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com
  • 26. Other Information Editor: Francine Beleyi, founder of African Diaspora Professional Women in Europe (ADIPWE) To download the full list of ADIPWE Top 20 list 2011 go to http://Adipwe.wordpress.com Facebook http://groups.to/adipwe/ http://twitter.com/FrancineBeleyi If you want to stay in touch for the 2012 edition, please go to http://wp.me/pSWtT-1p Email francine@nucleusofchange.com Copyright 2011 - Top 20 Inspirational Women from African Diaspora in Europe 2011 - adipwe.wordpress.com