December Issue 2014

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Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are the co -founders of She Leads Africa, a groundbreaking organisation promoting entrepreneurship amongst women. Having realised a gap in the promotion of female entrepreneurs, the duo came together to facilitate provision of guidance and relevant financial support from industry veterans to up-coming female entrepreneurs in order to propel the latter to higher level in terms of their businesses. Yasmin is a management consultant focusing primarily on developing growth strategies for a number of local and international corporates. In 2011, she spent a year attending culinary school and working as a sous-chef in the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. Yasmin is a graduate of Princeton University with degrees in history and finance. While Afua is a management consultant advising large scale public and private sector organisations on strategy and operations. She previously served as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia and communications staffer for Michelle Obama. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago with master’s degrees in business administration and public policy. In this interview TATENDA KANENGONI, they explain the inspiration behind their initiative and angel networks through which female entrepreneurs are mentored; they also let us in on their personal journeys to success.

Yasmin Belo-Osagie How did She Leads Africa begin? We started this company because we noticed a critical gap in the market – a lack of investment focus on high growth African female entrepreneurs. Policymakers, governments and other development oriented institutions readily acknowledge that