Past Awardees list

Some Past Awardees List – Europe
Gabriella Somerville

Private Jets Entrepreneur, Managing Director, Connect Jets, FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIIP 2015

Romanna Bint-Abubaker

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Haute Élan, FOR DIGITAL BUSINESS 2015

Julia Barfield Mbe Frsa Riba

Design & Creative Entrepreneur, London Eye & i360 Brighton, FOR ICON DESIGN 2015

Haifa Fahoum AL Kaylani

Founder & Chairman, Arab International Women’s Forum FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 2015

Hrm Nana Hemaa Yaa Asaa Safoa II (Amankrado)

Queen of Akwamu Traditional Area, Ghana FOR PHILANTHROPY AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT 2015

Dr Hala Jamal

President, Riffa Cultural Society, Bahrain FOR CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT 2015

Gillian Humphreys OBE

Founder of Concordia Foundation FOR WORLD MUSIC 2015

Alessandra Fierabracci, MD PHD from Italy

A kit able to work the method for the detection of GAD65 autoreactive T cells in newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic patients and in the prediabetic period’

 fierabracci@opbg.net

Anna Kristensson & Pernilla Molander from Sweden

ANNA KRISTENSSON & PERNILLA MOLANDER FROM SWEDEN
BRIGHT of Sweden – hands-on educational models is the only manipulative that lets the students use their hands to construct atoms, and can also be used to construct isotopes and ions. It is also the only tactile model and it’s a one of a kind design. E: info@brightsite.se W: www.brightsite.se

Asa Magnusson from Sweden

Qsave PRO – lifesaving equipments that can be taken under the surface for helping lifesaving organizations as divers, guardians, sea-saving associations etc working with lifesaving in water. E: info@qsave.se or dalatekniska@gmail.com W: www.qsave.se

Birgitta Olsson from Sweden

Spoldosan® – a medical shower handle for bathrooms in a new design, with a flush box holder for improving the wet-room environment. It reduces the risk of getting legionnaires disease and can be used as aid for functional disabled persons. E: birgitta@torsoinnovation.se W: www.torsoinnovation.se

Bjarndis Helena Mitchell from Iceland

Handlers Handle – show leads for dogs that enables the adjustment of the length of the lead to a perfect fit, by winding it around the handle, fixing in place and gives a secure grip and great control of the dog whilst in the show ring. E: bjarndis@originalhandlers.com W: www.originalhandlers.com or www.handlers.co

Cara Sayer from United Kingdom

SnoozeShade – creates a darkened environment to help babies sleep; it also provides the highest level of sun protection (UPF50+). E: cara@snoozeshade.com W: www.snoozeshade.com

Carla Ferreri From Italy

Membrane Lipidomics and Nutrilipidomics Analysis – A tool for personalized medicine and nutrition. A very useful for obtaining a profile of ones metabolism and a personalized indication of the specific supplements needed. E: cferreri@isof.cnr.it W: www.lipinutragen.it

Claire Bardner From United Kingdom

Me Finder – a fun & funky digital wristband that stores up to 5 phone numbers, for children aged under 7 to help them if they get lost.
E: claire@kidsshowandtell.com W: www.kidsshowandtell.com

Guðrún Sæmundsdóttir From Iceland

New topical treatment of ear infection – acute otitis media where well-known volatile antimicrobial substances (essential oils) are placed in specially designed ear buds in the outer ear canal. E: cHverfisgata24@gmail.com

Kadri Paloveer From Estonia

Child carrier pouch sling “Tale” – a functional and safe device for carrying and holding infants which has been designed following the example of the birth customs of Setus. E: ckadri.paloveer@gmail.com W: http://edl.edicypages.com/competitions#4/132

Lisa Irlam From United Kingdom

The Pool-Mate – a watch that automatically counts your laps and strokes when swimming and gives speed and distance information, calories burnt and efficiency. E: Lisa.irlam@swimovate.com W: swimovate.com

Lynda Harding From United KIingdom

ewan the dream sheep – the only child sleep aid on the market with soothing harp music.
E: lynda@easidream.com W: www.easidream.com

Margaret Wood MBE From United Kingdom

A “touch sensitive” development – entirely new type of opening/closing mechanism which requires only minimum applied pressure to select both the open and closed positions equally. E: www.icwukltd.co.ukW: www.icwukltd.co.uk

Salla Koski From Finland

Interactive Diabetes Care Management System DR DUCK & MR FROG – Blood glucose monitor Dr Duck & exercise meter Mr Frog is an interactive diabetes management system aimed to facilitate the life of a diabetic-child and to make the management of the disease more pleasurable.
E: salla.koski@bloomjack.com W: www.bloomjack.com

Silje Vallestad From Norway

Bipper – a new software based safety solution making mobile phones safer and better adapted to kids by giving parents control of use.E: Silje@bipper.com W: www.bipper.com

Toonika Rinken Dr, From Estonia

Online- system for the determination of the residues of antibiotics or mastitis in milk – analytical system for the detection of the quality of raw milk in real time, consisting of a mastitis sensor and a sensor for the detection the antibiotic residues.
E: oonika.rinken@ut.ee
W: https://chem.ut.ee/index.aw/set_lang_id=2

Ylva Dalén From Sweden

Hoppolek – a round platform where children with severe disabilities (and elderly) can safely be fastened. The focus is put on the child (play, physical activity and dance), instead of having the focus on the disability.
E: Ylva.dalen@jumpandjoy.se W: www.jumpandjoysweden.com
www.hoppolek.se

Ylva Ryngebo From Sweden

Easymark Dx-Sin – A medical device which contains no lead for a safer and more hygienic marking of the organs during x-ray examination.
E: Info@mid.nu
W: www.mid.nu

Angela Serpe From Italy

Innovative Low Polluting Methods For Noble Metals Recovery From Hi-Tech Scraps. An absolute novelty with respect to already known procedures due to the capability of coupling the effectiveness of the selected powerful reagents with a safe and mild procedure.
E: serpe@unica.it serpe@3rmetals.com
W: http://www.3rmetals.com

Ása Brynjólfsdóttir From Iceland

Blue Lagoon Skin Care – classified as Naturceutical – it provides a link between pure natural products and cosmeceuticals. A world of health, wellness and beauty powered by geothermal energy.
E: asa@bluelagoon.is
W: www.bluelagoon.com/Shop/A-Naturceutical-Brand/

Gudrun (Runa) Bergmann From Iceland

GREEN HEELS – bringing the focus on all things “green and environmental” and creating awareness for all the things of that origin that are available on the market – project that helps to change the environment.E: Bergmann@greenheels.com serpe@3rmetals.com
W: www.greenheels.com serpe@3rmetals.com www.runabergmann.com

Ebuni Usifoh From United Kingdom

BNutritious Lunch – a social enterprise catering business, providing Eco-sustainable catering service, an innovative and much healthier alternative with a genuine care about the health of the customers and the environment.E: ebuni@nutritiouslunch.co.uk
W: www.nutritiouslunch.co.uk

Debora Fino From Italy

Innovative and unconventional research and discoveries into the escape of nano‐particles from diesel particulate traps, waste incinerators, printers, reformers.E: debora.fino@polito.it

Voronina Olga Phd From Russia

Saint Petersburg Polytecnical University with Centre Veda – creation and introduction of training programs that allow the strengthening of women’s adaptive resources and effective methods of psychological support for women in difficult circumstances.
E: 76820@mail.ru

Ann Dohse From Sweden

The Association Swedish Inventors Museum (Svenskt UppfinnareMuseum) – a travelling exhibit on display at libraries and schools where all Swedish innovations are presented.
E: ann.dohse@comhem.seW: www.svensktuppfinnaremuseum.se

Margret Johanna Palmadottir From Iceland

DOMUS VOX – flourishing school with 500 singing women from 5 to 65 years old and three generations singing together (grandmother, mother and daughter)
E: wwwdomusvox@domusvox.is
w: www.domusvox.is www.voxfeminae.is

Vilborg Einarsdottir From Iceland

Mentor – a leading Scandinavian company in the field of web solutions for schools, with the focus on individualised and collaborative learning.
E: vilborg@mentor.isW: www.mentor.is

Bjarney Ludviksdottir, Runa Magnusdottir From Iceland And Mary Snack From United States Of America

BRANDit – a three-and-a-half day program targeted for the established woman business owner to re-invigorate her passions towards business, future visions and work on personal brands.
E: runa@brandit.is bjarney@brandit.is mary@maryschnack.com
w: www.Brandit.is

Bryndis Gudmundsdottir From Iceland

M‘Learning And Playing With Sounds’ – a unique project and pioneering work in the field of speech pathology based on the innovators clinical practice and research for over 25 years.
E: bryngudm@gmail.comW: www.laerumogleikum.blog.is

Cristina Andersson From Finland

The Swing Concept – an innovative fusion of an online documentary series and inspiration for personal learning and winning achievement – a simple social learning concept that gives people a way to study when they have time, no matter where they are.
E: cristina.andersson@develor.fi
w:www.develor.fi

Elín Ebba Ásmundsdóttir From Iceland

Hlutverkasetur – The Role Center – a rehabilitation and activity centre set up to fight stigma and isolation with the main purpose of gaining or finding valuable roles again by staying active.
E: ebba@unak.isW: www.hlutverkasetur.is

Giuseppina Grimaldi From Italy

Innovative Business Incubator – concept by Jewellery designer and entrepreneur with idea to develop and provide support for new types of entrepreneurial cooperation.
E: g.grimaldi@naoto.it
w:www.apindustria.vi.it

Hendrikka Waage From Austria

HKids Parliament – an organization for and run by kids; with a little help from adults. A community of children where they can meet each other, exchange ideas, understand and respect each other’s opinions, and experience.E: hendrikka@kidsparliament.orgW: www.kidsparliament.org

Sopina Olga From Russia

“Center for Development and Support of Families “Veda” – aims to create an environment which can prevent constant increase in tension in modern society achieved by spreading information and familiarizing women with women’s life in other countries.
E: olgasopina@peterlink.ru

Ágústa Margrét Arnardóttir From Iceland

Arfleifð – Creation of designs with the use of skin, hair and bones of farmed animals which come from abattoirs from around the country which would go to waste if not used in this or similar way.E: agusta@arfleifd.isW: www.arfleifd.is

Catherine Charlot From United States Of America

HIMANE – Creation of designs from what others will consider as trash and unique, Sustainable, Eco-conscious, earthy and one of a kind items and designs.
E: Ccharlot@himane.com
www.himane.com

Hanna Stefánsdóttir From Iceland

Happy smiling headwear – designs are inspired by the old Icelandic Viking sagas and the legends of trolls and elves while materials used are natural fibers and most products are made from felted wool.E: hufur@mmedia.isW: www.hufursemhlaeja.is

Heiða Eiríksdóttir And Þorbjörg Valdimarsdóttir From Iceland

Rain Dear – unique. designs for coats with many layers of different materials, e.g. plastic, silk and wool. The coats appeal to different women with different lifestyles because of the diversity in material and design.E: heida@raindear.is
www.raindear.net

Helga Birgisdóttir (Gegga) From Iceland

The SMILER is an exclusive jewelry (necklace) which has the important role of being a supporter of joy. It is handmade of porcelain and silver with the words SMILER engraved in the silver and no two pieces are the same.E: helga@gegga.isW: www.gegga.is

Helga Run Palsdottir From Iceland

Unique fashion accessories – made from all kinds of recycled materials and eco- friendly materials such as fish scales & skin, lava stones, wool and other materials.E: prem@prem.is
www.prem.is

Hendrikka Waage From United Kingdom

HENDRIKKA WAAGE Designs – unique in both design as well as use of colour. Her materials come from all over the world and attempts to reflect the natural colours and essence of the region from which the materials come.E: hwaage@hendrikkawaage.comW: www.hendrikkawaage.com

Hulda Hreidarsdottir & Thorunn Jonsdottir From Iceland

FAFU – innovative eco-friendly educational toys and learning tools for kindergartens and parents who believe that open play is a crucial factor of children’s development.E: hulda@fafutoys.com thorunn@fafutoys.com

Ingibjorg Thora Gestsdottir & Kristin Unnur Thorarinsdottir From Iceland

Koffort sf – unique sweater blanket with sleeves that enable you to eat, read or work at your computer without a chilling draft and the hood gives you a bit of privacy when you want to rest and changes into a handy carrier-bag or a cozy pillow.E: Koffort@koffort.isW: www.koffort.is

Ólafía Ólafsdóttir From Iceland

StudiOla design – the use of recyclable materials made from recycled paper as well as rubber inner tubes for creating art items such as wristbands, necklaces, wearable items, decorative items and sculptural flower vases.E: studiola@simnet.is

Thandi R Haruperi From United Kingdom

ThandiRap is an eco-friendly fashionable head tie that is practical, easier to wear and ideal for both experienced and first time wrappers.E: Thandi@haruperi.com

Toyin Seweje From United Kingdom

Marcel of London – Eco-friendly jewellery designs and creations such as denim jeans, linen, lace and printed fabrics to create unique jewellery items such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings.E: toyin.seweje@gmail.com
W: www.marceloflondon.com

Sigrún Lilja Guðjónsdóttir From Iceland

Gydja Collection – using materials that embrace the Icelandic origin, accessories are made from quality materials such as eco friendly Icelandic fish skin and the luxury fragrance perfume is made from the Icelandic glacier Eyjafjallajökull which erupted in 2010.E: sigrun@gydja.isW: www.gydja.iswww.gydjaperfume.com www.sigrunlilja.coms

Sigriður Heimisdóttir From Iceland

SIGGA HEIMIS – productive industrial designer with more than 300 products that have come into production as everyday objects that have a simple and clear function.
E: sigga@siggaheimis.com
W: www.siggaheimis.com

Sveindís Valdimardóttir From Iceland

Jewellery made from waste paper – the specialty is it´s simplicity along with the mystery behind the blend, which is based on pure natural ingredients and recycling..E: steinunn@volcano-iceland.com W: www.mss.is

List Of Some Past Awardees From Africa
Dr (Mrs) Anthonia Oluwamuyiwa Kusa

Healing Herbs Products & Services. This Medical Doctor and Complimentary Medicine Practitioner, is a passionate woman whose focus is on the promotion of Perfect Health & Total Wellbeing of Individuals.

Dr (Mrs) Anthonia Oluwamuyiwa Kusa – Gold Winner Awardee

Dr Kusa has been able to synergise her profession and practical knowledge of orthodox medicine with her in-depth research of complimentary medicine & herbal remedies to bring efficient, tried & tested medical solutions to her community in Kwara State, Nigeria.

CLEMENTINA UFELI – for her Buy Nigeria Products Ltd.

With a mission to bring African Products and services to the forefront of global market Clementina built an innovative software used to generate keywords that would help to promote and sell Nigerian Business online. Using technology to change the face of Nigerian online businesses, and ultimately the image of Nigeria she started by introducing the website www.buynigeriaonline.com. The website contains quality information about the country Nigeria and its various areas of industry. She made provision for the FAQ section, which answers any possible question that could be asked. To find out more: info@buynigeriaonline.com , www.buynigeriaonline.com

GlobalWIIN CHAIRMAN DISCRETIONARY ORGANISATION AWARDS – ‘Encouraging innovative organisations led by women’ went to the following:

Madame Khady Fall Tall from Senegal, President WAWA

Receives GWIIN Chairman Discretionary Award for her leadership with West African Women Association (WAWA) from Mr Reginald Laryea, Chairman, MMRS Ogilvy, Ghana

Dr Anthonia Ashiedu from Nigeria

Receives GWIIN Chairman Discretionary Award as theExecutive Director of Delta Micro Credit Programme from Mr Reginald Laryea, Chairman, MMRS Ogilvy, Ghana

Dr Jamila Jennifer Abubakar from Nigeria

Receives GWIIN Discretionary Award as the Founder of GEDE Foundation from Mr Reginald Laryea, Chairman, MMRS Ogilvy, Ghana

In Recognition For Their Achievements So Far, Special Recognition Awards Were Presented To The Following:

Mrs Gloria Ms Akinbile Adejoke Florence

of Thomas Adewumi International College and Prime Time Nursery/Primary School for her Community Development work in Health, Education and Employment.

Ms Eryca Freemantle

for her Eryca Freemantle Conservatoire of Beauty & innovation in Corrective Make Up.

Ms Akinbile Adejoke Florence

for her Reddy Pepper Product which helps to curb the challenges that arise with refrigeration from lack of electricity.

Hon. Prof (Princess) Vivian Mottohmigan

for initiating the inclusion of her ‘School of Life’ Lecture Series into the Academic Curriculum

Mrs Nsibe Abasi Udofia

for the Soya Project & innovative packaging of her products.

Ms Noma Sodipo (Uhunoma Olusegun Sodipo)

For Story Time With Auntie Noma

Ms Ololade Titilola Ayanniyi ofthe Market Place Creed
H.E. Mrs Oluwatoyin Ojora-Sarakifor Alaafia Kwara or The Kwara WellBeing Trust
Chief Mrs. Doris Mc Daniels

for her innovative capacity building work as National President Ijaw Mother’s Union

Ms Preye Elisabeth Joseph

for her innovative Capacity Building work as Chief Executive Officer Collective Capacity for Peace and Development, Bayelsa State

Mrs. Rose Oyririe

for her Capacity Building work as President Igbide Progressive Women Union, Delta State

Mrs Obatusa Judith Chukwunedum

for her ZOAR Communications website to enable SMEs & NGOs easily access information relevant to their businesses

Hall Of Fame List Of African Women Innovators
Nella Kumafo fom Ghana Innovation

Nella Kumafo is from Ghana and holds a First degree, Masters’ degree, and a trained teachers’ certificate. She has been able to establish a business called Sanel Designs. She is a professional artist who creates and produces works of art from waste plastic that has been indiscriminately disposed of and is a health hazard. She has also been able to use plastics for graphic works and fountains. She makes beads which have been put into different decorative products and textile products such as footwear, dresses and curtains of different designs. The recent call to help rid the cities, towns and communities of waste is what motivated Nella to help in the re-using and recycling of waste. The myriad problems associated with indiscriminate disposal of waste include health, sanitation and environmental impact. Nella converts waste into aesthetic art works with philosophical, theological and proverbial meanings. Through research, criticism and advice, Nella has been able to solve a lot of the problems and difficulties encountered in the project. Nella’s product was developed to solve an environmental and health problem which includes making the environment clean and reducing health problems. There will no longer be water that collects in waste plastic bags and containers which will reduce mosquito breeding. She has also helped in eradicating poverty by employing people to collect and wash plastics. Nella has made her art work cheaper, lighter, durable, easy to mend and to transport. Nella also has plans for training young people in waste art production and has also moved a step ahead to design and produce pavement blocks and wall tiles. For this outstanding and innovative idea Nella was honoured PAWII 2005 overall winner. As well as the recognition for her achievements to date, Nella Kumafo will receive technical assistance from the IFC to further develop her business.

Tomilola Awoniyi from Nigeria – Exceptionally Creative

Presented with the PAWII 2005 Product Development Award Winner.
Tomilola was the product development award winner for her infant and child ‘formula food’ which includes ingredients and spices of high nutritional value. She developed this formula after the birth of her first child when she discovered that most of the available infant formula could not produce the desired effect on the growth and well being of the child. Tomilola researched and developed her product and began to commercialise on a small scale. She won an award in the 2003 GWIIN Nigeria Awards with a prize of a business trip from British Airways to London. Capacity building support was provided from a number of business advisers and learning institution, with the knowledge and contacts she gained, she has now branded, packaged and promoted LIZVIC Special Pap and developed her business further.

Aissa Dione Tissus from Senegal

Exceptionally Creative Award Winner
Aissa Dione Tissus from Senegal for textile, craft, furniture and design. Aissa’s products are of a high quality and represent high fashion at international level, using only raw materials. Aissa’s products have earned her clients in hotels and top international fashion houses. She has empowered many as a result of her creation of jobs and inspired many as a result of her overcoming the many challenges that come with trading and exporting.

Zoe Dean-Smith from Swaziland – Building Capacity Award Winner

Zoe Dean-Smith, Managing Director of ‘Gone Rural’ from Swaziland for her use of lutindzi grass for making home ware products and marketing it to several countries. Gone Rural was established in 1992 in order to develop the potential of rural women in Swaziland. With Zoe’s leadership, Gone Rural has accomplished an increased annual sales turnover of 300% from 1999 to 2005. Knowing of the alarming increase in population infected by HIV, Zoe sourced funding for HIV/AIDS training for rural women. Zoe put her personal life on hold to serve the rural women of Swaziland following the untimely death of Gone Rural’s Founder – Jenny Thorne. Without Zoe stepping in this would have meant the close of the business and more than 600 people would have lost their livelihood.

Bisi Adeleye Fayemi, Dr Hilda Tadia and Joanna Foster – Chairman’s Award

Bisi Adeleye Fayemi, Dr Hilda Tadia and Joanna Foster of ‘The African Women’s Development Fund’ (AWDF) for the establishment of the first African-wide fundraising and grant-making institution. The AWDF was developed to harness resources, particularly within Africa for the women’s movement, without the usual constraints they are accustomed to experiencing. This is the first time in the history of Africa that an African-wide women’s fund has been set up to address the problems of African women. AWDF is a well established institution, well structured and is run by professional African women. Examples of the difficulties women’s organisations experience include a lack of flexibility with the grants they receive, little or no support for institutional costs and a lack of funding for work that challenges the status quo. The AWDF awards grants for work in thematic areas: Women’s Human Rights, Political Participation, Peace Building, Health, Reproductive Rights and HIV/AIDS and Economic Empowerment.

Lara Cookey from Nigeria – Top Ten Winner

Lara Cookey, Managing Director of ‘Context Design Ltd’ from Nigeria for her unique educative children’s playground equipment. Lara developed many children’s playgrounds with her environmental early childhood developmental aids, bringing traditional designs into the modern arena. Lara’s business and products have made a significant contribution to stimulating the recognition of play as a vital component of developing children for the challenging and changing world.

Margaret C. A. Owino from Kenya – Top Ten Winner

Margaret C. A. Owino for ‘Oywa Cookit’ from Kenya – the solar cooker. This Solar cooker is made by women on site after various parts have been sourced from elsewhere. Margaret has proven that a family’s dependence on firewood and charcoal can be reduced by one third. The solar cooker is not only made by women, it is sold by women for women. Its benefits include healthier people from drinking safe boiled water and eating clean food, and fewer children suffering from water borne diseases.

Gloria Asare Adu from Ghana – Top Ten Winner

Gloria Asare Adu of ‘Global Bamboo Products Ltd.’ from Ghana (GBPL) for using Ghana’s largest non-timber (bamboo) forest to generate a wide range of socio-economic and environmental benefits. Gloria sensed a growing need for environmental products especially the non timber forest products. GBPL began research into bamboo as a substitute for timber from timber trees. Gloria’s creative idea creates employment in poor rural areas, has reduced the felling of timber trees, and encouraged the rehabilitation of waste lands.

Dr. Alexandra Graham from Nigeria – Top Ten Winner

Dr. Alexandra Graham of “La Gray Inc” from Nigeria for building the first purposebuilt, fully integrated pharmaceutical production facility in West Africa. Dr Graham believes any efforts towards poverty reduction have to go hand in hand with improvements in healthcare. Dr Graham’s company, which serves as a role model, plans to take their own drug discoveries from research bench to market and also to acquire licences to manufacture essential drugs in West Africa. The impact will be the capability to contribute immensely to the availability and affordability of drugs in sub-Saharan Africa, the introduction of new technology; and the creation of jobs.

J.M Ghartey from Ghana – Top Ten Winner

J.M Ghartey of ‘Juliette’s Garden’ from Ghana for her use of Ghana’s abundant natural resources of sun, unpolluted water, land and labour particularly women, to develop Floriculture, Foliage and Secondary Fish Farming. With Ghana’s stable political climate, more Ghanaians are returning, international agencies are relocating and hotels and leisure facilities are on the upswing. The floristry business has sprung up rapidly as a result of consumer demand – imported fresh flowers are expensive and arrive in poor condition. Juliette is making use of Ghana’s year long sunshine, warmth and available water to enable year round production.

Heather Badger from Ghana – Top Ten Winner

Heather Badger from Ghana for her ‘high end of the market’ gift items which are cast in brass using the ‘lost wax’ method. Heather uses traditional Ghanaian Motifs with special emphasis on Adinkra Symbols and creates high quality frame moulding and mount boards to ensure the longevity of her products.

Simi Belo from Nigeria 3 – Top Ten Winner

Simi Belo of ‘Imiis Limited’ (New Hair TM) from Nigeria (in Diaspora) for her New Hair Wig which is made to a unique patented design. It is Simi’s eye for innovation, her determination to succeed and her incredible business acumen that has made her first innovation, the NewHair™ wig, a great success. NewHair™ is already available in the UK, EU, USA and Canada and is on its way into the South and West African market. In addition, Simi has discovered that used hair extensions and clippings can be re-cycled into oil-spill mats for use in the cleaning of the oceans. She will be giving back to the environment when she launches her pioneering fundraising programme ‘NewHairAid.’

Elizabeth Maldini from Ghana – Top Ten Winner

Elizabeth Maldini of ‘Elsa Foods’ from Ghana. Elsa Foods specializes in the production of processed Fufu flour that provides busy urban households with instant access to traditional cuisine. Elsa Foods was established in 1978 as a small scale manufacturer of Pasta products. It was closed down in 1981 due to difficulties in getting raw materials, and later reopened in 1988. Elizabeth recognized the need for processed foods by the consumers, and also the need for maintainable means of livelihood by farmers, so she decided to contribute towards improving sustainable livelihood for cassava and maize farmers and processors in rural areas by extending the shelf-life of cassava and expanding the range of market opportunities. She overcame the difficulties of operating in an industry characterized by systematic threats of seasonality of raw materials, bad weather, and its effects on food crop output. She assisted in reducing the problem of post-harvest losses, in a country where postharvest handling technology is not well developed. Elizabeth has demonstrated that women can be pioneers in small and medium agro- manufacturing industries.

Mary C. Kalikawe from Tanzania – Top Ten Winner

Mary C. Kalikawe, Managing Director of ‘Kiroyera Tours’ from Tanzania. Kiroyera is a pioneering development of ecotourism in Tanzania. The business was opened as a courageous pioneering Tourism Company in Kagera region in June 2002. Kagera region is considered by some as the loveliest region in Tanzania but has been largely ignored as a potential tourist destination. Mary and her team have during the short lifetime of developing this initiative, successfully provided varied service to hundreds of happy tourists demonstrating successful innovative strategies.

The late Dr. (Mrs) Ester Afua Ocloo from Ghana – Posthumous Award

The late Dr. (Mrs) Ester Afua Ocloo from Ghana who started the first food processing and preservation factory in Ghana called Nkulenu Industries Limited. She was the founder and first president of the Federation of Ghana Industries, now Association of Ghana Industries and founding member and first Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Women’s World Banking. Dr KofiKonadu Apraku, the Minister of Trade and Industry at the time of her death said “Mrs Ocloo was a real role model for young men and women, especially women entrepreneurs, in their efforts to develop the private sector.” Also, President Kufuor of Ghana said it was good to honour her to encourage other citizens to copy her good works, adding “she was a creator and we need many people of her calibre to build our nation”. Her husband Mr Ocloo was present at the PAWII 2005 Awards to receive this award on behalf of his late wife.