About WLIAfrica

Welcome to WLIAfrica

WLIAfrica is a premium networking and leadership development platform created to help women in insurance rise to leadership positions and become C-suite executives and board members. Our focus on mentorship, skill-building, and networking opportunities ensures that our members have the tools and support they need to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

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Our Founding Story

Established in 2022, WLIAfrica started as an idea by its founders who wanted to build a community of impactful women to shape the future of the risk and insurance landscape in Africa. In June 2022, two of our founding members, Sheila Wristberg and Esther Siale were honoured as finalists for the maiden NextGen Insurance Award by the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) and Young Insurance Professionals Network Africa (YIPS Africa) which planted the seed for WLIAfrica. The award was a maiden award instituted by AIO and YIPS to honour insurance professionals in Africa below 35 years who were contributing to the development of the industry.

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Acknowledging the uniqueness of their journeys in a field with a majority older, male leadership the two women deliberated on how they could use the acknowledgment to catalyse the presence of young leaders. Months later after researching into the leadership dynamics within the insurance space, the stark revelation of the dearth of female leadership became a catalyst for promoting change. They invited another professional within the insurance space in Ghana Jessie Affram to join the movement, and together, the story of WLIAfrica begun.

Why Join WLIAfrica

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Join us to empower your career

Join WLIAfrica for a supportive community, mentorship, leadership programs, and networking events. Empowerment of women drives innovation, growth, and positive impact on society, while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry.

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Find your next mentor

Our platform matches you with a mentor who has the experience and knowledge you need to succeed in your field. With our platform, you'll have a personal guide to help you navigate the challenges of the insurance industry and achieve your professional goals.

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Join the leading network.

By promoting a diverse and inclusive leadership, the insurance industry can better serve the needs of its stakeholders and drive innovation in the face of evolving ESG challenges.

Our WLIAfrica directors

Our mentors are accomplished industry leaders who are passionate about supporting the growth and success of female professionals

West Africa

Sheila Wristberg

Founder - WLIAfrica

CEO, Irisk Management

Esther Esime Siale

Founding Director, Ghana

Assistant Manager Ghana Reinsurance PLC

Jessie Amakay Affram

Founding Director, Ghana

Head of Travel Experiences - The Royals Management LLC

Hannah Ama Koomson

Country Director for Ghana -WLIAfrica

Head of Marketing - IRisk Management Limited

Elizabeth Anyaogu

Country Director for Nigeria

Learning and Development Officer, Enterprise Life Nigeria

Nana Kwakyewaa Boatey

Head of Projects - WLIAfrica Ghana

Operations Manager at OLEA M&G

Christodia Essien

Programs Coordinator -WLIAfrica Ghana

Programs and Admin Assistance, WLIAfrica

Rokhaya KANDJI

Country Director for Senegal


Leticia Boakye Danquah

WLIAfrica Ghana Programs Coordinator

Client relationship manager at Wills Towers Watson

Rosina Ofosua Dwira

Wliafrica Secertary Ghana

Senior Broker Relations Officer - Impact Life Insurance

Noella Tchokote Happi

Country Director for Cameroon

Business Developer Cameroon at WAICA RE

Eastern Africa

Emma Okere

Regional Director for East Africa

BI Developer - SafaricomPLC

Sharon Owiti

Regional Director for East Africa

Digital Financial Services - Business Development. Knight Stirling Consulting.

Lorna Mbwette

Country Director for Tanzania

Head of Retail and Customer Experience (Phoenix of Tanzania Assurance Co. Ltd)

Southern Africa

Iara Sousa

Regional Director for Southern Africa

Africa Implementation Officer, UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance

Misodzi Phiri

Country Director for Zambia

Executive Board Member - Events Professional Association of Zambia

Northern Africa

Naira Ismael

Country Director for Egypt

Agricultural Insurance Researcher at The Insurance Federation of Egypt

Central Africa

Isabelle Barbari

Country Director for Gabon

Head of commercial and technical department at SCG Re

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WLIAfrica aims to create an inclusive space for its members to build relationships which are meaningful, impactful, long-lasting, mutually beneficial and impactful.

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