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The SA Innovation summit is proud to announce that its Chairperson, Dr Audrey Verhaeghe was awarded the Women in Leadership Award by the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura last week.

The Women Excellence Awards took place on Wednesday 8th of March, as part of the province’s celebration for International Women Day. The awards were launched by the Gauteng Provincial Government as a platform that will be dedicated to recognizing outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision and innovation. Premier David Makhura said that “Women in our province are taking full advantage of the opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They are leading the innovation and invention-revolution.”

“I am honoured for winning this award, it is mind blowing to me and it really validates the work we do in the SA Innovation Summit and in open innovation. It energises me to work harder and reach more people. I think the role of women entrepreneurs in society became a very relevant conversation for the summit in our work with FemBioBiz and our aim to attract female investment as well as thought leaders to the summit. This recognition strengthens our resolve to get equity in the growth of business decision makers and creators as well as investors right. This will lead to a more equitable society that serves all citizens”, said Dr Audrey Verhaghe

The Women in Leadership Award recognises senior female executives who have proven depth of experience in leading change, influencing business outcomes and leading teams for positive impact on the organisations they lead.

Dr Verhaeghe also mentions that, “The summit was a first triple helix conversation, our Inventors Garage and Pitching Den competitions were some of the first competitions in the innovation space. That is why we attract 22 countries and more than 60 investment houses to the Summit. There are many such competitions now but we made it popular and showed that it can be done. In many respects we created platforms for innovators and entrepreneurs that now has critical mass. The Summit can only have real impact if more people do what we do. We are so happy that that is happening.”

Gauteng Premier Makhura also announced that all winners will be profiled in the Women’s Living Heritage Monument for driving change post-apartheid.







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