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The Windhoek Chapter re-launches this this spring with it first fireside chat for the year with new Director Stacey Susa Pinto and Co-Director Naomi Boys. Our first speaker and motivator is serial entrepreneur and global award winning business woman Ally Angula. She is an all round hard-core believer of innovating to make a difference and we want to find out what started her vision, keeps her going and gives her focus. She is known for saying 'failure is part of the process to success, embrace it'. Ally's journey has shaped her and the environment around her to be the thought leader and change agent the Namibian stage requires to push it into the next stage of economic prosperity.
Through sheer hard-work, long-days and nights she has made her mark in Namibia, across the continent and the world over in the manufacturing and retailing of clothing, as well as commercial farming. Ally is the Managing Director of Leap Holdings (Pty) Ltd., which houses the brands My Republik, My Greens, T-shirt Bar, M&A and Trench. Through the remarkable work of the My Republik brand, Leap Holdings was crowned "The Best Woman owned Business" at the Global Entrepreneurs Summit in 2015. In 2013, Ally was unveiled as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and selected as a Desmond Tutu Fellow. Her experience as a chartered accountant and a whole bucket-load of tenacity have turned this 'used-to-be' startup into a scalable business firmly planted in the soil of resilient grinders.
The fireside will include the opportunity to network with Ally Angula and other local entrepreneurs from Windhoek, a chat with Ally herself and an opportunity to ask her any question that you can think of to ask. You also have the opportunity to become part of the global Startup Grind community in Namibia to make a difference for start-ups locally - and connect to the global platform of entrepreneurs:
17:30 Welcome, networking and refreshments
18:30 Fireside chat with Ally, and Q&A with audience
Venue: Windhoek Entrepreneurs Base, 84 Dr. Frans Indongo Street, Windhoek
In the words of adventurer and author Mark Twain, Angula quotes:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
We'll see you there!
Ally Angula is a trained Chartered Accountant and has spent more than 6 years as an Assurance Partner with KPMG Partners in Namibia. She served as a Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Namibia (ICAN) and was appointed by the Ministry of Education as a Board member of the National Qualifications Authority under the Minister of Education. She also serves as non-executive director for Old Mutual Life Assurance (Namibia). In September of 2013, Ally became a Desmond Tutu Fellow after successfully completing the leadership training.
Ally left a flourishing Accounting career in 2013 to co-found Leap Investments Namibia Group. Leap Agribusiness produces local crops to be sold all over Namibia in order to reduce the nation’s dependence on imported fruits and vegetables. The company later started the ‘Dreamer’s Scholarship’ to fund the education of selected Namibian citizens. She then launched My Republik, Namibia’s first commercial clothing brand and her clothes are proudly manufactured in the country. For My Republik, Ally was crowned the best woman-owned business at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2015 in July. She was also unveiled as a Young Global Leader of 2015 at the World Economic Forum, alongside 186 other young people from all over the world. Having been evaluated by top search firm Heidrick & Struggles, and extensively screened by a lofty committee in the Kingdom of Jordan, they are the world’s most outstanding next-generation leaders. Completing team Africa with Ally in the YGL 2015 class, are 16 other accomplished entrepreneurs. The WEF had received a whopping 2000 nominations in all.
Worth noting is that the YGLs include the world’s most pioneering, next-generation leaders who have developed in their journey to produce positive, tangible impacts in their countries, industries and societies. The class of 2015, together with the community over the past 10 years, shows how the future of business and public leadership is becoming more geographically diverse, more varied in its expertise, more gender-equal, and is challenging established ways to get things done.
“Give us a blank canvas and we will not only splash on it a million dreams; we will have a good go at making them a reality” – Ally Angula