THE founder of ConsMoz Limited, a construction company based in Nampula, northern Mozambique, has won the UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Gold Award for her commitment to quality, sustainability and environmental protection – as well as for her pioneering leadership in a traditionally male-led sector.
Civil engineer Uneiza Ali Issufo founded ConsMoz after finding it difficult to get ahead in the construction companies she had been working for, despite being president of her local contractors’ association. After participating in an Empretec entrepreneurship training workshop in 2017, the MBA graduate was able to expand her business so that it now employs 800 women and men and lands large building contracts demanding top quality and green credentials.
Issufo received her gold award from UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi and Francesca Lavazza, board member of the Lavazza Group, at a gala ceremony during the World Investment Forum 2018 in the historic Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations in Geneva on October 25.
Winners receive the opportunity of attending a study tour in Brazil donated by Lavazza, an executive course in digital marketing by IMD Lausanne, Switzerland, mentoring by the MBA Business School in Grenoble, France, a watch by Delance of Switzerland, mentoring from impact investor Skyar and other gifts donated by sponsors, including MontBlanc.
The Empretec Women in Business Awards are given to women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec entrepreneurship programme, which marks its 30th anniversary this year.
In line with the theme of this year’s World Investment Forum – Investing in Sustainable Development – the 2018 awards were given for the crucial role that women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment plays in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The ceremony provided an opportunity to showcase the Empretec programme and Women in Business Awards finalists to World Investment Forum delegates, impact investors, enterprise networks, and representatives from civil society and the private sector.