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Irene Ochem  ​

African Changemaker

Irene Ochem

Irene is a Nigerian entrepreneur and passionate advocate for women’s economic empowerment in Africa.

The AWIEF aims to foster women’s economic inclusion in Africa to drive employment and economic growth. Before founding AWIEF in 2014, she worked in various leadership positions in the private sector.

Through AWIEF, Irene has actively promoted women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship in Africa. The organization also provides training, mentorship, and other resources to help women entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Irene has received several awards and recognition for her work in promoting women’s entrepreneurship.


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Muhammad Gawish

African Changemaker

Muhammad Gawish

Muhammad is an accomplished Egyptian entrepreneur and innovator in the education sector.

He is the Co-Founder of iSchool, an EdTech kids’ coding platform that offers personalized coding online classes for kids from 6 to 18 years. iSchool aims to provide a trending technology education system to create careers in programming, robotics, electronics, artificial intelligence and more.

Muhammad, together with his team at iSchool, has been at the forefront of leveraging technology to revolutionize education.
Their innovative solutions have empowered countless students and educators, broke barriers and providing access to quality education.

With digital learning platforms and tools developed by iSchool, students are equipped with the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world.
Muhammad’s relentless dedication and ground-breaking work have not gone unnoticed, having previously been honoured with the prestigious Founder of the Year Award by the Global Startup Awards Africa.


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Zandile Mkwanazi

Zandile is an award-winning social entrepreneur who dreams of empowering 10 million women and girls with tech and coding skills by 2030.

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