Shiphra Chisha is the President and Co-Founder of the African Women in Business ("AWIB"), a Pan-African organisation representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across industries, with chapters across SADC. Director of Programmes at Graça Machel Trust. African Women in Business provides women with access to trade and investments in eight (8) priority sectors and currently looking at how women entrepreneurs will benefit from the implementation of the AfCFTA. AWIB's primary objective is to strengthen the wealth creating capacity of its members. AWIB aims to promote intraregional trade partnerships for women in business on the continent. She is a Development Expert with over 20years experience in ensuring sustainable socio-economic development (SED) through collaboration with mining companies, government, MSMEs (SMME) and other stakeholders. She is a member of the SADC Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade Steering Committee and Working Group, a Steering Committee Member of The Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA). Advisory Board Member of the University of South African Graduate School of Business Leadership, Advisory Board Member of African Women in Power and Energy, and Pan-African Tech Foundation. A member of the South African BRICS Future Skills, Manufacturing and Mining Working Groups, a member of International Women’s Forum and Women in Mining South Africa and a fellow of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa. Her previous roles include the Global Executive Head of the BRICS Institute, Chief Executive Officer of the Sishen Iron Ore Mine Community Trust, Non-Executive Director of the Anglo-American Coal, Chairman of the Anglo American Inyosi Coal Trust and Non-Executive Director of Continental Coal Limited. She is a highly accomplished executive, entrepreneur, director of companies, and development expert across the continent, she has over 20 years’ experience in successfully developing and implementing company and business model strategies. A respected strategic thinker with extensive experience in SED, CSI, finance, investments, banking with valuable stakeholder management and leadership experience. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration, Bachelor Commerce in Economics from the University of Johannesburg and Strategic Leadership Programme (SLP) from Gordon Institute of Business Science and BRICS China Executive Leadership Development Programme (ELDP).