Melanie Hawken

Founder & CEO, Lionesses of Africa

USA

Melanie is on a mission to drive large-scale change for Africa’s women entrepreneurs, the most underserved on the planet. She believes it is possible to support the development of a new generation of women entrepreneurs who can become the change agents Africa so badly needs.
An entrepreneur most of her life, Melanie has over 30 years experience in media, publishing, and communications. She is now harnessing this expertise to build a powerful network of women entrepreneurs committed to sharing, inspiring and connecting with one another for accelerated success. Melanie passionately believes it’s time to provide the support, the business tools and inspiration to ensure the next generation of women-led businesses in Africa can flourish and fulfil their potential.

Melanie Hawken is founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa Public Benefit Corporation, a 500,000+ strong community working to grow women’s entrepreneurship in Africa and supporting the start-up dreams of all women on the continent.

Melanie Hawken is a social entrepreneur on a mission to positively impact 1 Million African women entrepreneurs (the most underserved on the planet) by 2018. An entrepreneur most of her life, Melanie has over 35 years experience in media, publishing, and communications. She is now harnessing this expertise to build a powerful network of women entrepreneurs committed to sharing, inspiring and connecting with one another for accelerated success. Melanie passionately believes it’s time to provide the support, the business tools and inspiration to ensure the next generation of women-led businesses in Africa can flourish and fulfil their potential.

Born in England, but a global traveler all her life, Melanie splits her time between Africa, the US and Europe. She holds an Honours Degree in History of Art from University of London.