august, 2020

27aug2:00 pm4:00 pmEvent OverVirtual EventHow to empower women through access to Finance.

Speakers for this event

  • Dr Chiara Chiumya

    Dr Chiara Chiumya

    International Advisory Council : SADC-WIB (Zambia)

    Seasoned professional passionate about enterprise development and empowering others, particularly women, through active participation in women’s organisations, mentoring and capacity building. HIGHLIGHTS ▪ Over 25 years professional experience, the last 6 years as an independent consultant in the financial sector, approximately 15 years with the Bank of Zambia (BoZ), 2 years with the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Microfinance, one year as an Audit Senior at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and one year as a Management Trainee at Meridien BIAO Bank Zambia Limited

    International Advisory Council : SADC-WIB (Zambia)

  • Grathel Mutau

    Grathel Mutau

    Credit Committe Member, First Rand Group and IDC

    Grathel is a Chartered Accountant and also holds Master of Philosophy Degree in Development Finance from Stellenbosch University. She serves as CEO of Mmoni Advisory Services, a credit committee member of the First Rand Bank’s Financial Institutions Credit Committee and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)’s Special Credit Committee. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director of various JSE listed companies. Her previous roles include an Audit Partner at KPMG, at the National Treasury’s Asset and Liability Management where she advised on the management of State Owned Companies including Telkom, Eskom and PetroSA, at the IDC, she was instrumental in funding Small Medium Enterprises and also served as Chief Financial Officer of Blue IQ. Grathel serves as a board member of both St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal and Africa Leadership Initiative, South Africa (ALI SA). She is a fellow of ALI SA, Aspen Global Leadership Network, and member of both the African Women Chartered Accountants Forum and the International Women’s Forum. An avid runner, Grathel has completed 8 Comrades Marathons races (89km), New York, Boston, London and Berlin Marathons and many several local marathons and ultra-marathons. Grathel is married with 2 young adult children.

    Credit Committe Member, First Rand Group and IDC

  • Irene Kiwia

    Irene Kiwia

    Chapter Head SADC-WIB (Tanzania) - Moderator

    Irene Kiwia is a champion for social economic development for Africa, whose career spans over 17 years in Media, Marketing, Communications, Technology and Development Programs that are focused on youth and women empowerment. Professional Affiliations: • Founder and CEO of Frontline Media Africa – A Tech driven Pan African Media and Communications Company. • Founder and President of Twaa – An AI Learning and Mentoring platform for women and girls, from Africa to the World. • Founder of eCobba – An AI driven FinTech company designed to integrate underserved financially excluded populations in Africa into the financial ecosystems through community savings and lending platforms. • Director and Partner – Afya Rekod – an AI driven consumer-based health platform for Africa. • Co-Founder – Ada Lab – An East African Tech hub designed to support impact driven solutions for Africa. • Founder and President of The Women of Achievement – A Not for Profit organization that works to support women and girls achieve social and economic transformation in East Africa and beyond. Irene takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives implementation to impact advantage. She is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in the reality of resources that levers progress. Respected as a credible voice in decision making; a champion in finding strategic partners; and a visionary in how she perceives the future. Irene is a master at integrating innovation in all that she does and has earned a seat at the table wherever she serves. Currently, as CEO of Frontline Media (FM), a privately-held, Pan African media and communication company she founded 14 years ago, Irene is overseeing the expansion of the company in 25 countries to ultimately become one of the largest media groups on the continent. As founder of FM, Irene led the business to evolve into a world class organization serving local and global companies across Africa. During this time, she drove the partnership of FM with Porter Novelli, a leading global communication company with presence in over 80 countries; a partnership which propelled Frontline into a credible market player in the media and communication industry in Africa. She also led successful transformational programs for women and girls in Tanzania through her organization The Women of Achievement, which she then transitioned to incorporate technology. Irene is now spearheading major impact tech platforms that integrates finance, trade, health, communication and capacity building aimed at empowering young people, women and girls in Africa who lack access and minimum resources to ultimate financial freedom. Irene who is a mom of three, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Dar es Salaam, and an MBA in Marketing from the same institution.. Some of Irene’s accolades include: § 2010 Fortune/State Department Global Woman Leader § 2014 Global Health and Diplomacy Fellow § 2015 Woman of The Year Africa by Africa Reconnect § 2018 Obama Africa Leader § 2018 African Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) – Empowerment Award finalist § 2017 – 2020 – Women In Africa (WIA) Tanzanian Ambassador § 2019 – Invest To Impact Tanzanian Ambassador (An initiative by Findev Canada, OPIC, CDC Investment Works, Proparco and Mastercard Foundation)

    Chapter Head SADC-WIB (Tanzania) - Moderator

  • Prisca Soko

    Prisca Soko

    Chairperson SADC-WIB (SA)

    2004 Certified Internal Auditor (SA) – Institute of Internal Auditors SA 2001 Post Graduate Advanced Certificate in Auditing, Accounting Professional Training 2000 Articles of Clerkship, Deloitte & Touche, Nelspruit 1996 – 1998 Bachelor of Accounting Science –( UNISA) 1999 – 2000 Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours), University of South Africa (UNISA) Prisca Soko has extensive experience in the financial, auditing and business development work. Her 24 year career in business, finance, auditing and business development consulting has seen her serve articles at Deloitte, work as a Chief Financial Officer at the Mpumalanga Parks Board, run her own businesses in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and serve in various audit committees and boards both in the public and private sectors. Prisca has been an active member and shareholder of Women in Oil and Energy of South Africa since its inception, and from June 2014 has been the Group Business Development Executive for WOESA Group. In June 2019 she has founded SADC-WIB (Women In Business) organisation with a mission to establish a strong network of businesswomen and an investment portfolio in key sectors in the SADC Region. On outstanding recognition in 2017 she received a special award – “Women In Energy Leadership” from the Minister of Energy SA and in 2007 she was awarded “Technology Women In Business 2007 Business Woman of the Year” by the Department of Minerals and Energy in South Africa.

    Chairperson SADC-WIB (SA)

  • Tryphosa Ramano

    Tryphosa Ramano

    CFO / Non-Executive Director SARB (SA)

    Tryphosa is the founding executive director of Magommake Pty Ltd, a consulting company. She is a qualified and registered Chartered Accountant (CA) with extensive experience in the financial services and various other key economic sectors. She has made and continues to make a significant contribution in the public sector, banking and financial services, mining, and manufacturing and aviation industries through the various leadership and management roles. As PPC CFO, Tryphosa played a critical role in the company’s expansion into the African continent, specifically in Zimbabwe, Botswana, DR Congo, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. As an executive responsible for overall oversight and monitoring of the company’s financial performance and balance sheet, Tryphosa has ensured that these investments do not have adverse impact on the financial performance and sustainability of the PPC Group. This was achieved through such measures as market capitalisation of the business. Tryphosa has, prior to joining PPC, occupied senior executive positions and directorships in key strategic companies and the SA government (Treasury). She was previously CFO for SAA and WIPHOLD. She currently holds board positions at The Solidarity Fund and IWFSA. Past directorships include SAA, DBSA, WIPHOLD, Landbank, Airports Company, Board of Auditors of African Union, SA Express, Public - Accountants and Auditors board. She previously has also held the positions of President of Absip and AWCA. Tryphosa boasts a BCom Degree and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town. Tryphosa has always been very passionate about the development of young professionals. YLC provides her with the opportunity to identify talent, develop, and nurture it into the effective leadership society requires.

    CFO / Non-Executive Director SARB (SA)

  • Tsitsi Musasike

    Tsitsi Musasike

    Principal Deal Originator Energy, Environmental and ICT. DBSA

    Tsitsi Musasike is a Principal Deal Originator, primarily for energy, environmental and ICT projects, at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Her focus is to build meaningful partnerships with project sponsors, developers, governments, financiers, other DFIs and communities in order to grow the Bank’s business on the African continent. Tsitsi has extensive project finance, PPP and financial management experience spanning development finance, investment banking, private equity and consulting environments. More recently, Tsitsi has led project teams on a number of infrastructure transactions including two independent peaking power projects and several IPP projects under the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). She is also supporting several project developers on gas-to-power IPP programmes and the development of innovative clean energy initiatives on the African continent. Tsitsi holds a BAcc(Hons) degree, an MBA from Warwick Business School and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She has a special interest in sustainability and empowering other women. Outside of work, Tsitsi enjoys gardening, reading and writing. Tsitsi is the author of Moneynomics: The Art and Science of Creating Wealth. She recently collaborated with the University of Boston on a publication on the role of SADC DFIs in expanding renewable energy access and development.

    Principal Deal Originator Energy, Environmental and ICT. DBSA

  • Vivian Mutau

    Vivian Mutau

    Senior Professional at New Development Bank (BRICS)

    Vivian Ramathuba is currently a Senior Professional at the New Development Bank (NDB), a Multilateral Development Bank established by BRICS countries based at the Africa Regional Centre. She has extensive experience in the infrastructure development space from a funding perspective, spanning 12 years and covering Sub-Sahara Africa. Project Finance, Project Preparation are her main areas of technical expertise. She was previously employed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) within the Industrial Infrastructure Unit, focusing on providing funding to large infrastructure projects in the Energy, Logistic, Water, and Telecommunication sub-sectors. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, CA (SA).

    Senior Professional at New Development Bank (BRICS)

Event Details

SADC Women in Business (SADC-WIB) is a unifying voice of women-owned businesses in the Southern Africa Development Countries (SADC Region) representing the interests of women entrepreneurs across key industries; and with chapters across the SADC nations. (
Our mission is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic social and political spheres of power by:

  • Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
  • Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
  • Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers to create favourable conditions and environment for women in business
  • This August, as we commemorate the women month and celebrate our beauty, strength and courage, SADC WIB is launching a series of webinars to drive conversation in search for practical solutions on some of the key issues facing women in Africa amidst the COVID 19 pandemic.



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