Ms. Joyce Kibet
Honorary Ambassador-African Women in Think Tanks
Ms. Joyce Kibet is a consultant and CEO of Business Advantage, a business and social innovation consultancy based in Nairobi -Kenya. Joyce enjoys assisting for-profit and non-profit organizations indigenous to Africa, to demystify business strategy, adopt systemic thinking, and own sustainable impact by working collaboratively to tackle global challenges.
She has over 10 years of hands-on engagement in Business Consulting, Strategy formulation & Corporate Training in the for-profit & non-profit sector, as well as 5 years of experience in Social Impact Advising, with a special emphasis on gender mainstreamed business strategy, capacity building & public-private partnerships for women-led businesses. Joyce has experience working with National & Regional organizations, as well as International Development Organizations- such as Kenya Women Finance Trust, The United Nations Great Lakes Region (Gender Affairs Unit), ICGLR-RWF (International Conference for the Great Lakes Region-Regional Women Forum), whereby she is the National head of the Economic Empowerment Pillar of the ICGLR-RWF Kenya Office.
Joyce is also an International Partner of World Business Angels Forum (WBAF), is the Business Development Advisor for East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture, and a Council Member of International Relations Society of Kenya (IRSK) which is an international diplomacy Kenyan think tank. She is also a conference speaker and has appeared in various local Television and Radio shows, and newspaper publications. In June 2020, her article - The Role of Africa's Health Practitioners In Commercial Diplomacy Discussions - was published by the IRSK Think Tank. She has been a volunteer Mentor for the Cherie Blair foundation, Xavier Project and Lapid leaders Africa.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Administration from United States International University, professional development certificates in Inclusive Business from World Bank Group open learning Campus, Negotiating Impact Investment from Strathmore University (Kenya), as well as a certificate in Circular Economy and The 2030 Agenda from the United Nations Staff Systems College.
She is a stronger believer that, to harness Africa's indigenous and African diaspora multi-generational and transformational potential, Africa's non-profits, and for-profits must innovate their partnership strategy, promote co-creation for change, and facilitate multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing and peer learning labs.
Her Excellency Dr. Justina Mutale
Honorary Ambassador for Gender Equality
Dr. Justina Mutale is a Leadership Expert and an Accredited and Certified Executive and Leadership Development Coach. She has been globally acclaimed as one of the most influential and inspirational African women and in 2012, was named African 'Woman of the Year'. She is author of “The Art of Iconic Leadership” and publisher of “The Iconic Leadership Magazine”. Justina also is co-author of the highly cerebral book titled: 'Women on Corporate Boards: An International Perspective'. In addition, she has contributed to several other publications and books on leadership, gender equality and women in leadership, and is an International Keynote Speaker, Public Speaker and Guest Lecturer.
She is Founder and President of the Justina Mutale Foundation, through which she advocates for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by providing leadership and entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and coaching. Her Foundation also advocates for the retention and completion of tertiary education for young women and girls from rural and disadvantaged communities in Africa by providing them with university scholarships to access higher education around the world.
Justina previously worked in the Gender Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat and has been a consistent delegate, speaker and parallel event convener at global forums that address political, economic, social, African and gender issues including the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) and the African Union High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, in addition to being the Founder and Convener of the World Summit on Women and Girls.
Internationally acclaimed as a global Stateswoman, Justina leads and serves on various Boards of commercial, humanitarian and charitable organizations across the globe, and has been honored with numerous international awards, honors and accolades for her outstanding leadership qualities.