On the occasion of International Women's Day, Northeastern's Africa Global Initiative and the Center for Emerging Markets hosted the next chapter in the Africa Speaker Series: Women Who Empower Africa.

A continent of over one billion people, thousands of languages, dozens of countries, and a median age of 19.5, Africa is full of opportunities. Africa's potential as a growth market for business remains underestimated—as does the potential for business to play a transformative role in solving the continent's biggest challenges.

Rania Belkahia co-founded and led Afrimarket, an e-commerce platform for French-speaking West Africa. She scaled the company to more than 250 employees, five subsidiaries, and €20 million raised in funding.

During this event, she discussed her entrepreneurial journey on the continent and the next chapter in her engagement with Africa.

Speaker

Rania Belkahia is a Partner at EQT Ventures where she is responsible for driving all deals in France and works closely with their portfolio companies. Rania brings her first-hand experience in B2C e-commerce marketplaces, international scaling and operational strategy to help fellow entrepreneurs getting started on their own journeys. Prior to joining EQT Ventures, Rania co-founded and led Afrimarket, an e-commerce platform for French-speaking West Africa. Rania scaled the company to more than 250 employees, five subsidiaries, and raised €20 million. She has received multiple awards, including ELLE and the Comptoir pour l'Innovation's Impact2 , and was nominated among the 30 women of 2014 by the Women's forum. A graduate of Telecom ParisTech and HEC Paris, Rania is passionate about entrepreneurship and the opportunity to back the next generation of founders coming out of France.