Meet Ellen Houston, supporting African women entrepreneurs

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 14:30


Ellen Houston has had a foot set in Europe and the other in Africa. Born to a Scottish dad and a Gambian and Norwegian mum, educated in Edinburgh and Paris, she started her career at the World Health Organization in Geneva and the UN office for disarmament in Togo.


When asked what has helped her to reach her current position at SheLeadsAfrica, she simply answers Being good to people and working hard opens doors for you. I can't emphasise that enough.”


A young (25), dynamic woman, Ellen is Director of Programs for this unique media and events company, which aim is to support engaged, urban, entrepreneurial driven African women. SheLeadsAfrica creates online content and offline skills building and networking opportunities for its community members spread all over the African continent and beyond. Ellen is proud to remind us that “SheLeadsAfrica was the first African start-up to be selected to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange”.


Living in Lomé for some years now, she acknowledges that “in Togo we need more programs and institutions aimed at providing female entrepreneurs with affordable opportunities to learn skills, collaborate and network”.


Definitely results-focused, Ellen sees women empowerment through her entrepreneurial eyes, and would like the EU external action to support local implementers and hubs, so as to create more opportunities for women to become financially stable, independent and learn skills.


The Global Progressive Forum and PES Women have the great privilege to welcome Ellen Houston to their Conference on “Political Empowerment of Women in Africa and in Europe”, on 26th September in Brussels, as part of the S&D Group 2017 Africa Week.

Come and meet Ellen and other speakers, and register at  




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