The 2nd edition of the Sneakers and Heels event hosted by the Economic Society of Tanzania (EST) with support from the Ireland Embassy, took place today at the Hyatt in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

The exposition,  aimed at stimulatng interest and discussions among women in productive sectors included researchers, economists, bankers, world development experts and journalists on effective
means of integrating today women into various industries. 

Themed around women and the economy with a special attention to women in transport (sneakers) and womenin top level management (heels),  the event attracted over 150 participants in the day-long exposition that featured presentations from high flying leaders from various fields in the public and private sectors.

Speaking at the event, former Bank of Tanzania Governor and President of  the Economic Society ofTanzania, Prof Benno Ndulu said that, “ Investing in transport and logistics, especially bywomen in the country will mitigate the existing challenges regarding the agriculture market and
trade by providing a domestic profitable logistics market.” 

“The coming in of the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings with it a set of opportunities and technologicaladvancements such as those adopted by big transport and logistics companies in other parts of the world. added the former BoT boss”

Said Joseph Marinakiza, Country Director, Human Development Innovation Fund in his contyributiuon said that while the Tanzanian innovation ecosystem keeps developing, there is a huge imperative toempower women so as to ensure they are equipped with the right skills set and are ready to embrace the opportunity but also the challenges of Artificial Intelligence and technological

"We call upon multiple stakeholders to design projects and programs that factor in women and their technological empowerment," insisted Mr. Marinakiza.

Ms Zuhura Muro, CEO of Lindam Group expressed the hope that the annual event will play an integral role in increasing the readiness of mid-career women as they go up the ladder and will also catalysemore women to aim for top-tier positions, where they can participate in high level decision
making fully.” 

Dr Blandina Kilama, CEO, Economic Society of Tanzania added that, “It is important to unpack the reasons behind the underrepresentation of women at the top-level management and map out solutions to solve the gap. Sneakers and Heels hopes to motivate more mid-level career women to keep utilising their skillset in a way that will position them within a pipeline that can springboard them to higher positions when the opportunity arises.” 

The Vice President of the Economic Society of Tanzania (EST) Dr.  Tausi Mbaga Kida opening the 2nd edition of the Sneakers and Heels event hosted by the EST at the Hyatt  Kilimanjaro hotel in Dar es Salaam.
Dr.  Tausi Mbaga Kida opening the 2nd edition of the Sneakers and Heels event hosted by the Economic Society of Tanzania (EST) at the Hyatt in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 
Ms Normah from Admeon Logistics speaks flanked by Ms Angel Mgawe from the DSM corridor (left) and Joyce Mekere

Prof  Benno Ndulu, the President of EST gives a  presentstion on Opportunities for Women in the Transport and Logistics Sector
Prof  Benno Ndulu the President of EST continues with his  presentation

A participant keenly following  the proceedings 

Ms. Lulu Olan'g moderating the Sneakers Panel flanked by Ms Angel Mgawe from the DSM corridor, Normah from Admeon Logistics and Joyce Mekere

EST CEO Dr. Blandina Kilama moderating the first heels panel flanked by the High Commissioner of Canada to Tanzania Hon. Pamela O'Donnell, the Danish Ambassador to  Tanzania Hon. Mette Noorgard and the Finnish Ambassador to Tanzania Hon. Riitta Swan (via video)
Dr Natu Mwamba from the University of Dar es salaam shares her experiences with the midcareer women at the SnH

Dr.  Natu Mwamba from the University of Dar es salaam (far right) Dr.  Marina Njelekela from Delloitte Tanzania,  Johanna Lind  MD Scania Tanzania and Dr. Anna Temu from SUA shared their experiences. The panel was moderated by EST CEO Dr Blandina Kilama on the left

Ms Johanna Lind MD Scania Tanzania sharing her experience with the participants during the SnH.
CEO of Lindam Group Ms. Zuhura Muro delivering a masterclass on Personal Mastery and Leadership do's and don'ts. Lindam, UN WOMEN and EST collaborated in preparing the exposition.

A section of the participants

EST CEO Dr Blandina Kilama  (left) with  some of the special guests who attended the event
SNH special guests who joined event for lunch take a group photo with the heels.

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