November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch

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Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Monique Y. Wells has an enterprising, well traveled,  and engaging spirit. She is the co-founder and vice president of Discover Paris! and the creator of Entrée to Black Paris tours. She is also the founder of Toxicology/Pathology Services, Inc. (TPS), a consultancy in preclinical safety assessment. Her latest venture is Making Productivity Easy (MPE), is a mentoring service for discerning, high-achieving women who want to simplify their workdays and find the work/life balance they desperately desire.
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Monique Y. Wells, Co-Founder of Discover Paris (France)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Monique Y. Wells has an enterprising, well traveled, and engaging spirit. She is the co-founder and vice president of Discover Paris! and the creator of Entrée to Black Paris tours. She is also the founder of Toxicology/Pathology Services, Inc. (TPS), a consultancy in preclinical safety assessment. Her latest venture is Making Productivity Easy (MPE), is a mentoring service for discerning, high-achieving women who want to simplify their workdays and find the work/life balance they desperately desire.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Biola Alabi is the Managing Partner of Biola Alabi Media, the media icon heads a dynamic consultancy with expertise in strategic consulting for pay entertainment, digital television, interactive television and emerging entertainment distribution platforms; they service governments, content creators, telecommunication industry, and investors in the converging media technology space.  She is also the founder of Grooming for Greatness a leadership fellowship focused on developing the next generation of African leaders. Biola was named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine (2012), a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012) and CNBC Africa’s AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year (2013).
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Biola Alabi, Managing Partner of Biola Alabi Media (Nigeria)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Biola Alabi is the Managing Partner of Biola Alabi Media, the media icon heads a dynamic consultancy with expertise in strategic consulting for pay entertainment, digital television, interactive television and emerging entertainment distribution platforms; they service governments, content creators, telecommunication industry, and investors in the converging media technology space. She is also the founder of Grooming for Greatness a leadership fellowship focused on developing the next generation of African leaders. Biola was named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine (2012), a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012) and CNBC Africa’s AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year (2013).

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Winifred is the Founder and CEO of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative. A recent graduate of the Joy Standard College, she launched her organisation in 2010, at the age of 15. She then followed with Afrocentric Bamboo Limited (the profit arm) in 2013. Her company manufactures and markets bicycles made from bamboo, using the bamboo fibre material (often taken for granted in Ghana) in a smart way by adding value to it. The bicycles are sold locally for $100-$150, and internationally for about $250, as the materials used for foreign markets need to be compatible with all types of weather. Winifred was a finalist at the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award. If she has already achieved all of this at age 20, we are eager to see what she will deliver next!
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Winifred Selby, Founder and CEO of Bamboo Bikes Initiative (Ghana)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Winifred is the Founder and CEO of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative. A recent graduate of the Joy Standard College, she launched her organisation in 2010, at the age of 15. She then followed with Afrocentric Bamboo Limited (the profit arm) in 2013. Her company manufactures and markets bicycles made from bamboo, using the bamboo fibre material (often taken for granted in Ghana) in a smart way by adding value to it. The bicycles are sold locally for $100-$150, and internationally for about $250, as the materials used for foreign markets need to be compatible with all types of weather. Winifred was a finalist at the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award. If she has already achieved all of this at age 20, we are eager to see what she will deliver next!

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Nima is a bilingual English-Arab broadcast journalist specialising in Arab issues. As well as founder and CEO of Cashy, the first dedicated personal finance website in the Arab world. Through Cashy she has made finance more informative and interactive,  available in both English and Arabic, providing real world suggestions and solutions on a wide range of subjects that help individuals manage their money, all in a friendly and entertaining format.
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Nima Abu-Wardeh Founder and CEO of Cashy (U.A.E)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Nima is a bilingual English-Arab broadcast journalist specialising in Arab issues. As well as founder and CEO of Cashy, the first dedicated personal finance website in the Arab world. Through Cashy she has made finance more informative and interactive, available in both English and Arabic, providing real world suggestions and solutions on a wide range of subjects that help individuals manage their money, all in a friendly and entertaining format.

Why she's Walker's Legacy: Lorrana Scarpioni is the CEO and co-founder of Bliive, the world's largest network of time exchange. She also serves on the Global Agenda Council in Creative Economy and Global Shaper from World Economic Forum. As a social entrepreneur, she has developed social projects that support women's health and poverty reduction. Today, she is leading Bliive's operation in Brazil and United Kingdom, supported by UK Trade and Investment initiative Sirius Program.
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Lorrana Scarpioni, Founder of Bliive (Brazil and UK)

Why she's Walker's Legacy: Lorrana Scarpioni is the CEO and co-founder of Bliive, the world's largest network of time exchange. She also serves on the Global Agenda Council in Creative Economy and Global Shaper from World Economic Forum. As a social entrepreneur, she has developed social projects that support women's health and poverty reduction. Today, she is leading Bliive's operation in Brazil and United Kingdom, supported by UK Trade and Investment initiative Sirius Program.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: As a busy wife and computer science graduate Kasope Ladipo-Ajai no longer had the 2-3 hours it took to make a standard stew or soup after facing hours of traffic plus a full workday. Spending time abroad she saw how quick service and prepackaged meals made life easier for busy families, especially working moms. So she created Omo Alata Foods, a budding food processing company that wants to simplify the way Nigerians cook their food. She believes in making a positive impact in the world and enjoys coming up with out of the box ideas.
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Kasope Ladipo-Ajai, Omo Alata Foods (Nigeria)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: As a busy wife and computer science graduate Kasope Ladipo-Ajai no longer had the 2-3 hours it took to make a standard stew or soup after facing hours of traffic plus a full workday. Spending time abroad she saw how quick service and prepackaged meals made life easier for busy families, especially working moms. So she created Omo Alata Foods, a budding food processing company that wants to simplify the way Nigerians cook their food. She believes in making a positive impact in the world and enjoys coming up with out of the box ideas.

Why they’re Walker’s Legacy: This mother-daughter duo saw a need for African culture to be represented in their clothing and accessories. They also noticed the market was missing products that were made for black hair. Together they formed Xongani a store focused on fashion and accessories with Afro-Brazilian roots. Ana Paula Mendonca a researcher in African Art and Brazilian design manages the branding, textile research and managed part of the design for Xongani. While Cris Mendoca, her mother,  has a focus on production, creation, and the second half of design.
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Cris and Ana Paula Mendonca, Founders of Xongani Afro-Brazilian Patterns (Brazil)

Why they’re Walker’s Legacy: This mother-daughter duo saw a need for African culture to be represented in their clothing and accessories. They also noticed the market was missing products that were made for black hair. Together they formed Xongani a store focused on fashion and accessories with Afro-Brazilian roots. Ana Paula Mendonca a researcher in African Art and Brazilian design manages the branding, textile research and managed part of the design for Xongani. While Cris Mendoca, her mother, has a focus on production, creation, and the second half of design.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Clarisse is the CEO of Kigali-based mobile tech company HeHe Limited, which builds mobile solutions for the government and Rwanda’s main mobile network. She studied Computer Engineering and Information Technology at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. Her drive? Find viable solutions to provide relevant information to Rwandans. After receiving the People’s Choice Award, she won a $50,000 grant from Inspire Africa, a Rwandan TV entrepreneurial contest, in 2010. At that stage, she was ready to start building an empire. Could Kigali be the next tech hub? Let’s wait and see!
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Clarisse Iribagiza Founder of HeHe Ltd. (Rwanda)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Clarisse is the CEO of Kigali-based mobile tech company HeHe Limited, which builds mobile solutions for the government and Rwanda’s main mobile network. She studied Computer Engineering and Information Technology at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. Her drive? Find viable solutions to provide relevant information to Rwandans. After receiving the People’s Choice Award, she won a $50,000 grant from Inspire Africa, a Rwandan TV entrepreneurial contest, in 2010. At that stage, she was ready to start building an empire. Could Kigali be the next tech hub? Let’s wait and see!

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Much like Madame C. J. Walker, Chris began taking care of her own hair after being mistreated at local salons. The results were so good that people began to compliment her and ask who took care of her curls. What started out as a hobby and side job quickly blossomed into a business called Braids Co. 12 years later Chris now heads up a team of 13 professionals and an extremely diverse clientele listing
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Chris Oliveira, Founder of Braids Co. (Brazil)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Much like Madame C. J. Walker, Chris began taking care of her own hair after being mistreated at local salons. The results were so good that people began to compliment her and ask who took care of her curls. What started out as a hobby and side job quickly blossomed into a business called Braids Co. 12 years later Chris now heads up a team of 13 professionals and an extremely diverse clientele listing

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Brenda worked at Orange Uganda, where she gained interest in value-added services. This experience fueled her interest in creating Instahealth. Instahealth an application that enables people to instantly have access to health information and services. Her goal in creating InstaHealth was to create an Africa connected to health in the fastest and most convenient way possible.
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Brenda Katswesigye, Founder of InstaHealth (Uganda)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Brenda worked at Orange Uganda, where she gained interest in value-added services. This experience fueled her interest in creating Instahealth. Instahealth an application that enables people to instantly have access to health information and services. Her goal in creating InstaHealth was to create an Africa connected to health in the fastest and most convenient way possible.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: At the age of 23 Adriana Barbosa experienced the unfortunate setback of unemployment. Unsure of her next step she turned to selling merchandise on the street to earn her living. It was there that she found inspiration alongside merchants of her own complexion. In 2002, she decided to create the Black Cultural Fair which seeks to foster ethnic entrepreneurship and strengthen black culture in the Brazil. Adriana, also created the Fair Black Institute, and event that takes place once a year, and has brought together 400 artists, 500 exhibitors, more than $2million in currency circulation, and 70,000 visitors.
November | The List: 12 Global Entrepreneurs to Watch
Adriana Barbosa, Founder of Fiera Prete (Brazil)

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: At the age of 23 Adriana Barbosa experienced the unfortunate setback of unemployment. Unsure of her next step she turned to selling merchandise on the street to earn her living. It was there that she found inspiration alongside merchants of her own complexion. In 2002, she decided to create the Black Cultural Fair which seeks to foster ethnic entrepreneurship and strengthen black culture in the Brazil. Adriana, also created the Fair Black Institute, and event that takes place once a year, and has brought together 400 artists, 500 exhibitors, more than $2million in currency circulation, and 70,000 visitors.

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week Walker’s Legacy is taking the month of November to highlight 12 amazing entrepreneurs from around the world! Scroll through and check out their inspiring stories…

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Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

 

Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.

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