Melanie Hawken

Founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa Public Benefit Corporation

Melanie Hawken is the founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa Public Benefit Corporation, a social enterprise on a mission to advance Africa’s women entrepreneurs. Lioness Data is the research and insights unit of Lionesses of Africa and taps into its growing network of over 1.3 million women entrepreneurs across Africa to extract actionable insights that help investors, policy makers, and development agencies make faster and better data-driven decisions. Lionesses of Africa builds and delivers development programmes, business tools, community platforms, digital media, networking events and information resources that women entrepreneurs need - connecting them with key global markets for growth. Lionesses of Africa’s community stretches across 54 African countries and thousands of users in the Diaspora in Europe and North America.

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    Women in Business Survey Presentation

    Founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa Public Benefit Corporation

     

    Our survey showed that South African women entrepreneurs have a strong dedication to their communities and see a role for themselves in creating jobs. Their motivations in launching their business enterprises reflect their interests in supporting themselves and their families as well as their commitment to uplifting others.