Irene Ochem is the founder and CEO of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), a pan-African women’s economic empowerment organisation and business network that promotes and supports female innovation, technology and entrepreneurship across Africa. She is an entrepreneur and an award-winning international development specialist with more than 25 years’ international management experience in Europe and Africa. Irene spent many years working for international organisations including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and as an international consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). For two years, she worked for the University of Cape Town as research administration manager.
Ms Ochem holds bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the University of Trieste, and an MBA in international management from Royal Holloway, University of London. She also holds postgraduate qualifications in project management, gender and trade. She speaks four languages and writes, speaks and participates widely in international meetings on entrepreneurship, women and gender.
Ms Ochem is internationally known for her work in the area of women’s economic empowerment and female entrepreneurship and has been widely profiled in international media.