Irene Ochem is the founder and CEO of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), a not-for-profit and pan-African women empowerment organisation that works to support women’s enterprises and innovations across Africa.

With over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship, commerce, and innovation, Irene is a recognised expert in her field. Irene’s passion lies in seeing women-owned businesses thrive and become more competitive. She has directly supported over 2,000 female-owned startups across Africa through curated entrepreneurship capacity building programs. Irene’s work is focused on gender economic equity and social inclusion.

As a result of her work, Irene has been featured on many international media platforms including CNN, BBC, SABC (South Africa), Channel Africa (South Africa), and Channels TV (Nigeria), cementing her position as one of the greatest leaders in women’s empowerment in the corporate world.

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