From Problems to Profits

MC | Keynote | Facilitation | Global 

Tania Habimana is a Rwandan social entrepreneur based in Johannesburg with a diverse career shaped around 3 main pillars : Fashion, Entrepreneurship and Africa. Tania has spent several years working within the European fashion sector but is most known for her work as Commercial Director and person responsible for bringing international fashion label, Suitsupply, to Africa.

Prior to entering the African market, Tania was responsible for the brands’ digital marketing. Her accolades include taking part in the active leading of the brands eCommerce and omnichannel developments into the US markets, followed shortly by South East Asia, then Sub-Sahara Africa.

Today, Tania uses her knowledge and network to support and mentor entrepreneurs all over the continent. Not only does she sit on the board of several fashion brands in Africa, she is also the host of a television series ‘Tailored Business’ the show on entrepreneurship in Africa (broadcast on CNBC Africa). Additionally, she is the co-founder of Johannesburg-based, NONZēRO Agency, a purpose-driven marketing agency focussed on enterprise development and impact programs in Africa. The company is known as the founders of “Threads, stitched by Standard Bank” – the business of fashion accelerator program in South Africa as well as the
FASHIONTech™ Africa Conference & Hackathon.

Tania holds a number of public appointments and was recently recognized by the European Commission for her international mobility career and efforts to promote the internationalisation of the youth under the “Erasmus+” program. She is now the face of the British Council for the Erasmus+ Youth Mobility program and a strong advocate for Pan-African youth mobility, job creation, cross-border enterprise development and the women in tech dialogue.

Tania is also fluent, both in French & English.

“Tania did a very good job as moderator of our Youth mobility workshop held in Nouméa, New Caledonia in October 2018 during the Erasmus Days. She was able to grasp the social and economic specificities of New Caledonia and identify the actors involved in the Youth and Education sectors in record time. Her talent for fostering stakeholder debate played a key role in renewing enthusiasm for International Mobility programmes such as Eramus +.”

Tiffany Ouetcho,  Senior Advisor for European Union at the Government of New Caledonia

“Super efficient, dynamic and highly competent” is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Tania. Asking her to moderate the kick-off event of the campaign for the 30th anniversary of the European Erasmus programme has been one of the best decisions I made. Both the two European Commissioners and many of the 400 people present were impressed by her enthusiasm and professionalism. She would be a strong asset to any team.”

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Higher Education Unit at the European Commission

Needs-based Innovation: The New Discovery Behind African Organisations, Success and Innovation

Outline of talk :

  • Demonstrate how to adopt a “Needs-based Innovation Mindset” ie. Look for problems/trouble to solve
  • The 3 Essential Questions African Leaders Must Ask
  • Illustrate the Importance of Momentum & Foetus Ideas
  • Discover the power of networks & collaboration
  • Learn the New Principles of Organisational Success on the continent (feedback loops and 70/20/10 rule)

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