Awa Sarr

Awa Sarr, Program Director, EtriLabs

Awa Sarr

Program Director, EtriLabs

Awa Sarr, currently Program Director at EtriLabs, champions women's leadership and health entrepreneurship. With experience guiding early-stage ventures in the health sector, she now leads programs at EtriLabs to foster an inclusive ecosystem for entrepreneurs and young leaders with a strong focus on promoting gender equality. Awa's banking background provides her with a strategic edge, enhancing her ability to assess risks and plan effectively. Passionate about empowering women in Africa's healthcare industry, she actively supports and mentors aspiring female entrepreneurs. Awa's dedication to fostering gender equality and health innovation makes her a driving force for positive change in Africa's healthcare landscape, inspiring others to pursue leadership roles in the sector.

All Sessions by Awa Sarr

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

African Women Rising: Investing in Women as Global Health Leaders for Sustainable Development

Led by: WomenLift Health.

Like in many other regions around the world, African women are at the forefront of healthcare delivery across the continent, providing both paid and unpaid labor where it is needed most. Yet their leadership potential remains largely untapped, with African women making up just a fraction of the 5% representation of women from low- and middle-income countries at the helm of global health organizations. This session will bring together a diverse selection of progressive African professionals to explore the critical need for investing in African women's leadership in global health. Panelists will unpack the realities of African women’s participation in health, share their own experiences, highlight the impacts of empowering women as decision-makers, and outline strategies to accelerate investment in African women as global health leaders for sustainable development.

Moderator: Akhona Tshangale, Southern Africa Director, WomenLift Health

1. Dr. Norah Obudho, East Africa Director, WomenLift Health
2. Ms. Abosede George-Ogan, Founder, Women in Leadership Advancement Network (WILAN)
3. Awa Sarr, Program Director, EtriLabs
4. Oley Dibba-Wadda ,Executive Director, The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development
5. Klara Michal, Chief Learning Officer, AMP HEALTH