About DAW Conference
The DAW Annual International Conference is designed to run yearly in different countries across the globe and dedicated to supporting, educating and inspiring women across Africa and Diaspora into Technology driven Entrepreneurship. Inspired by our interest in ensuring sustainability for our trained entrepreneurs; we provide them a space to show their talents and achievements to the world.
Honorable Commissioner Mohammad M SaniCommissioner of Budget and Planning
With over a decade of experience in development policy formulation, public finance and project implementation, Muhammad is the Commissioner for Budget and Planning in Kaduna State, Nigeria (population 8m). In this position, he leads on the the States broad economic growth and development portfolio. Prior to his appointment, he was a Policy Adviser in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York and a member of the Secretary General’s core team that designed the Sustainable Development Goals( SDGs).
Dr. Ndidi Nnoli EdozienDirector co founder at Rising Tide Africa
She has over 20 years professional experience in corporate strategy and sustainability, corporate governance, impact investments, microfinance and rural development, funds management and enterprise development spanning the private sector, public sector and the civil society
Claudia ChilesheCreative Director DAW
Zambia born, Claudia Chileshe attended Utah Valley University where she studied Digital Media with an emphasis is Internet Technologies. She is passionate about Web Design and Internet Marketing, which was sparked by pure curiosity. As a digital media professional Claudia's career background includes: Search Engine Optimization, Graphic Design, Front-end development, Social media Marketing and E-commerce Management. Claudia is constantly looking for opportunities to help small businesses excel on a digital platform. Being a part of DAW allows her to fulfill a dream of using her skills to support African led businesses by helping them compete on a level playing field. She hopes to inspire young african girls to seek careers in the tech industry.
Brian RashidPitch Coach & International Speaker
One of the world’s top branding and messaging experts, Brian Rashid has built his career by storytelling and communication. Brian is the CEO and creator of “A Life in Shorts,” a modern day branding, digital media, and communications company that tells your story like it’s never been told before. He services clients that range from the biggest brands in the world to the new solo entrepreneur trying to get started.
Khadijat AbdulkadirExecutive Director DAW
Khadijat, is a social entrepreneur and founder of Digital African Woman. She holds a double Masters in Business Engineering and Management Science. A certified SAP Software Analyst with experiences from corporations such as Aramark, Accenture and Microsoft. She has held several positions including, Environmental Sustainability Program Analyst, IT Program Manager and currently Business Engineer in the Asset Management.
Khadijat is passionate about promoting the rights of women in technology and sciences and more precisely teaching women to leverage technology for business sustainability. Through Digital African Woman, Khadijat has acquired vast experiences training over 600 hundred grassroots entrepreneurs across Africa and Europe, equipping them with technical and business skills to build and scale sustainable businesses. She is most passionate about empowering young women with the technology skills and tools necessary to be fully active innovators and entrepreneurs in the 21st century.
Seyi OlufadeFounder/Director at Trigger Africa Initiative (TAI)
Born in Lagos Nigeria, Seyi is a trained electronics and electrical engineer, with specialization in Information and Communication Technology(ICT). Starting his career in the public sector, he transitioned to become a social entrepreneur, successfully founded and managed companies in the innovation, technology solutions and real estate sectors over the past decade. He sits on the board of many businesses, social enterprises and NGOs. His academic background includes the Jack Welch Management Institute, NDA, MIT and Harvard Kennedy School. He currently serves Governments in advisory capacity, driving strategy, innovation and efficiency in public governance; while driving policy and strategy in his enterprises. Seyi is passionate about the women economy and believes strongly in inclusivity. He strives to empower women into taking on leadership positions.
Hadiza Isma El-Rufai
Hadiza Isma El-Rufai is a Nigerian writer (novelist), first lady of Kaduna State, and founder of Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, a non-profit literary organization which was fully launched in 2017 with the aims of nurturing creativity in children, "particularly the girl child, between the ages of eight and 19" and young/adult women, providing them "resources with teachers and the books they need to enhance their literacy." She holds an MSc in Architecture and an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as well as a Masters in Creative Writing (2012) from Bath Spa University, United Kingdom. In her capacity as the first lady of Kaduna and philanthropist, Hadiza uses her office to provide access and aid to the less privileged. She is especially passionate about Health and the education of Women.
Djiba DialloHead of Innovation at Microsoft4Afrika
Blessing Achu EbereFounder/COO @360 creative Hub Lagos
Mrs. Achu, a Bachelor degree holder in Education and an MBA holder, is the Founder and CEO of 360 Creative Hub. She has over a decade of experience in entrepreneurship, business development, and account management in the Software and Telecommunication sector in Nigeria.
Mrs. Achu has successfully developed and implemented sales, and marketing plans that have aided the acquisition of major accounts, vibrant, result-driven sales strategist with a wealth of cognate experience, proven track record of achievement, demonstrated success driving multi-million-dollar revenue growth while providing visionary sales leadership in highly competitive markets. She has, also, successfully secured key clients, generated new businesses, ensured customer loyalty and fostered strong relationships with external business partners.
Her love for fashion and understanding of the needs of the fashion industry in Nigeria led to the creation of 360 Creative Innovation Hub, which aims to fuel fashion advancement through technology. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Nigerian Student Fashion Design Week, mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs and promoter of leadership in young women.
Yewande KazeemFounder & Agric Media Publicist Wandieville Media
Yewande’s passion for inquisitive questioning, creative visuals, storytelling and her vast experience in the Agriculture sector gave her the ability to connect media to Agriculture which created Wandieville Media, a communication and educative media company founded by her to provide a positive impact on Global Development Issues through campaigns, powerful visual and captivating stories.
Pokyes KavwamPitch Coach
Pokyes Kavwam is a writer, an orator, a scholar, a story teller, a pitch coach and an exceptional public speaker. His dexterity with crafted words stems from his background as a high flying student of European languages in his undergraduate days. He has written and published several poems, essays, and short stories in print and online. He won the third position in the 2007 edition of poetry contest organized by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Plateau State Chapter. His poem, HIV/AIDS, received a special mention from circleofpoets.org in Canada in 2005 and won the 2003 poetry prize for the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in FCE Pankshin, his alma mater. He has served as Associate Editor and Editor-in-Chief to two different magazines.
He has received three reputable merit awards: as a student and as a thriving scholar. He currently lives in Zaria, where he pursues further research in Caribbean Literature written in French and runs different programs in capacity development, business plan, leadership development, public speaking, creative writing and creative thinking. He is the CEO & Founder of Africa’s Got Mind: a hotbed of intellectual discourse.
- Conference & Pitch Challenge
- Networking Lunch
- Conference & Pitch Challenge
- Networking Lunch
- Awards Dinner Reception
- Fashion Show & Live Performance
- Standard Plus
- Table Service
- Complimentary champagne
- Named Preffered Seating