Women in Business Award

2016 Empretec Women in Business Award, 21 July 2016, Nairobi, Kenya


UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Awards (E-WBA) have been granted biannually since 2008 to women trained by national Empretec centres. The awards were launched on the occasion of UNCTAD XII Ministerial Conference in Accra, Ghana, in 2008. Since then, three more ceremonies were held in:

  • 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the annual session of UNCTAD’s Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission;EWBA_award
  • 2012 in Doha, on the occasion of UNCTAD XIII Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar;
  • 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, during UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum.

Recipients excelled in developing innovative business ideas, providing jobs and increasing incomes in their communities.


The awards have been shown to have a real impact on the lives of both winners and finalists, improving their access to education and resources, and adding to their motivation to continue developing their enterprises. The special recognition provided by the E-WBAs has helped women to become role models
for their communities – successful entrepreneurs working to improve the quality of life in developing countries.