#sheinnovates Africa Festival


August 6, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

#sheinnovates is coming to Africa!



As part of UN Women’s innovation strategy to drive industry-wide action in this area, UN Women has created a Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). The GICC is a dynamic partnership between UN Women and key representatives from the private sector, academia and nonprofit institutions focused on developing the innovation market to work better for women and to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Under the GICC the #sheinnovates program was founded, that Ann Rosenberg, SVP & Global Head of SAP Next-Gen is now the Global Lead for, building up community on behalf of the movement.


Specifically, the GICC is focused on the following actions:

  • Build market awareness of the potential for innovations developed by women that meet the needs of women and girls.
  • Identify the key barriers to women and girl’s advancement in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.
  • Work collaboratively to identify and take actions to address these barriers and needs at an industry-wide level.


9-9:30am - Check in/Registration
9:30-9:40 - Welcome
9:40-10:05am - #sheinnovates Girls Lounges world wide!
Opening keynote by Shelley Zalis (TFQ) & Ann Rosenberg (SAP)
10:05-10:45am - Making Innovation work for Women & Girls Conversation (panel)
10:45-11:00am - Creative Perspectives & Coffee Break
11-11:40pm - Innovation with Purpose Conversation (panel)
11:40-12:20pm - #sheinnovates Entrepreneurs & The Startup Guide Conversation (panel)
12:20-13:00pm - Purpose Driven Partnerships conversation (panel)
13:00-13:10pm - Closing Remarks
13:10pm - Open networking and Lunch



In the meantime, we also welcome you to join the digital conversation on Twitter @she_innovates @UN_Women @SAPNextGen using the hashtag #sheinnovates.


We are looking forward to hosting this great event, and having you attend.


CEO of The Female Quotient

Program Manager at Startupbootcamp AfriTech

Managing Director of SAP Africa

Chief Innovation Officer at Strategic Security Systems

SVP & Global Head of SAP Next-Gen & Global Lead for UN Women #sheinnovates

Telecommunications Industry Lead for SAP Africa

CEO & Founder of the Startup Guide

CEO of the Branson Institute in South Africa

Professor at the University of Cape Town

Founding Director of the Hasso Plattner d-school at the University of Cape Town

Investment Associate at South Africa Goodwell 

SAP Next-Gen Lab & #sheinnovates Girls' Lounge Manager at University of Cape Town

COO & Regional Manager, Western Cape

Editor-in-chief of Fast Company South Africa and editor of African Independent magazine

Founder of Sintu Online

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