About Us


The WiA awards recognises talents, rewards resilience and celebrates growth.

The Awards supports through mentorship and market linkages.

We are eager to make women in agribusiness thrive.

The Women in Agribusiness Awards aim to highlight the achievements of exceptional women in the agribusiness fraternity who have risen above the limit to lead the way for others to emulate.

While profit is certainly a sign of agribusiness success, there are many other aspects of measuring this success too and we have identified these aspects such as leadership, resilience, innovation, sustainability and best business practices that usually go unnoticed. The awards also look at solutions that have not only improved the company landscape but have helped achieve business success.

Women-led agribusinesses are the unsung heroes of the African economy. They provide much needed employment and innovation in a wide range of business sectors and industries.


Catherine Shipushu is a seasoned Branding Strategist with close to 20 years’ experience across television broadcasting, marketing and public relations under her belt. She is passionate about building impact brands that inspire hope and possibility. Catherine is also a staunch advocate for women empowerment and is the founder of She’s Empowered, a platform that aims to uplift and empower women through mentorship and training.

Catherine Shipushu

Alfousseni SIDIBE is a communication specialist with 7 years of experience in communication and over 6 years of experience in translations and interpretations. He began his career in 2011 with a USAID-funded project in the field of Agriculture and Local Development. He has worked on several projects funded by the US government; respectively as Program Assistant and Communication Specialist. He worked respectively as close advisor of the minister of Malians' abroad and african integration, minister of communication & spokesperson of the government and minister of digital economy and communication from december 2018 to may 2021.

Alfousseni Sidibe

Mary Thiong’o is a youth and women empowerment specialist currently working with United Nations Department of Operational Support. Mary has over 20 years of experience in Capacity development 13 of which have been in the area of Youth Empowerment and Community Development in Africa. Prior to joining the UNON, Mary worked as the National Coordinator for Decent Rural Youth Employment at The Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN. She also worked International Institute of Tropical Agriculture as an Agribusiness Specialist and technical advisor to the ENABLE Youth program managing 3 countries in Africa (Ghana, Sudan & Madagascar). She also worked at Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA)

Dr. Mary Thiong'o

Experienced Food Safety professional with demonstrated achievements in implementation of food safety programs, capacity building and curriculum development for food industry specialists in multiple African countries. Rich expertise in food safety research, project management, food laboratory management, food standards development and contribution to food safety policies. Excellent organizational and presentation skills. Passionate about food safety improvements and closing the gender gap in STEM. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana.

Dr. Angela Parry

Njabulo Mbokane is an intrepid and inspirational young businesswoman from South Africa, who owns a crop and livestock farming business called Aw Dalia (Pty) Ltd. She farms yellow maize and vegetables on a 200 hectares raises sheep. Her farms employ 15 seasonal employees and supply yellow maize to the South African Breweries annually.

Njabulo Mbokane