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FIFA's Fatma Samoura to speak at Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum 2023

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Amid the excitement around the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced that Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary-General, is a keynote speaker at the AWIEF2023 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

Senegal-born Samoura is the first African and first woman to hold the role of Secretary-General at FIFA in its 116-year history.

As head of FIFA's administration, Samoura has played a pivotal role in transforming the organisation, and has been instrumental in driving unprecedented growth in women’s football which gained new impetus under her leadership.

With 32 teams participating, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is the biggest in the competition’s history, providing a fitting send-off for the FIFA Scribe when she steps down in December.

AWIEF2023 will take place at the Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda, on 9 and 10 November, in partnership with Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT and Innovation and the Rwanda Convention Bureau.

The event features keynotes, interactive panel discussions, a multi-sector exhibition, workshops and masterclasses, the AWIEF Awards and Gala Dinner, and networking opportunities.

Samoura joins this year’s powerful and high-level speaker faculty, which includes Paula Ingabire, minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda; Clare Akamanzi, CEO, Rwanda Development Board (RDB); and Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO, RwandAir.

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