The FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit – hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government took place on International Women’s Day (Friday, 08 March) at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. Supermodel, philanthropist and cultural innovator, Naomi Campbell was the headline speaker among other global influencers in business, sport, science, entertainment and leadership.

Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, Methil Renuka.

Forbes Woman Africa Cover Stars – The New Wealth Creators.

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka.

Panel Discussion: The Blue Economy: New Wealth From African’s Ocean.

Naomi Campbell.

Panel Discussion: South Africa’s Young Intellectuals.

Gugulethu Mfuphi and Naomi Campbell.

Naomi Campbell.

Saloni Wahi, Rakesh Wahi, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Roberta Naicker

Saloni Wahi, Rakesh Wahi, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Cllr Zandile Gumede and Roberta Naicker.

Hon Mr Sihle Zikalala MPL MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs KwaZulu Natal and Former Chairperson of the African Union Commission and South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.


Executive Mayor EThekwini Municipality Cllr Zandile Gumede.

Hon Mr Sihle Zikalala MPL MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs KwaZulu Natal.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Panel Discussion: The Future Economy: How CEOs Can Lead Value Creation.

Grace Harding, CEO of Ocean Basket.

Basani Maluleke, CEO of African Bank.


Simidele Adeagbo, Winter Olympic Athlete.Roberta Naicker (MD of ABN Group).

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Former Miss South Africa and Miss Universe.


The 2019 Leading Women Summit will be a full-day event, with an expected audience of over 500 women. Growing the event from the inaugural 2016 hugely impactful gathering, the 2019 event will also see Forbes Woman Africa recognise some of the continents most influential women at a gala dinner award. The goal is to bring together leading, influential women to share their ideas that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter. The 2019 theme for the event is the “New Wealth Creators”.


FORBES WOMAN AFRICA is an award-winning quarterly pan-African women’s magazine launched in October 2013 by the ABN Group, which also runs FORBES AFRICA and CNBC Africa. In addition to features on the latest trends and issues in corporate Africa, and how its architecture speaks to women, FORBES WOMAN AFRICA profiles female trailblazers, game-changers and pioneers in African business and society.


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