Advocacy Saving the Planet unveils speakers for its first Climate Action Stakeholders Forum

climate action - cleanbuild has announced the speakers for the maiden edition of its climate action stakeholders forum. Slated to hold on Friday, October 8, 2021, the virtual event themed Building Sustainable Climate Action Ecosystem will bring together stakeholders to discuss environmental and climate issues critical to the future of Africa.

By prioritizing solidarity over individuality, the upcoming forum hopes to unlock a combination of that will prepare Africa to become resilient; encourage the right kind of policies that will strengthen climate adaptation measures while ensuring the continent’s economic and environmental sustainability.

Confirmed speakers for the event include:

Hiwot Schulte



Hiwot is a native Ethiopian raised in Brussels. She is the founder of Haile Hempress House Ltd., a project development company that does eco-friendly management of industrial hemp for sustainable use. Through her work, she highlights environmental awareness on the positive impact of eco-friendly materials for products and houses.

Hiwot is a board member of the African Women in Agriculture Alliance (AWIAA), the first black women-owned non-profit NGO focused on empowering women of African descent all over the world.

Richard Munang


Dr. Richard is a Kenya-born expert in programming and policy on regional and global issues of climate change policy, environmental management, sustainable development, clean energy, resource efficiency, and food security from the lens of accelerated economic growth.

As the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Africa Regional Climate Change Coordinator, he guides UNEP’s climate-resilient development strategy and implementation at national and regional levels ensuring human and continental well-being.

Olumide Idowu


Olumide is a Nigerian climate change champion. He is the co-founder of the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) Africa, a non-governmental institution that seeks to grow climate-smart generations across Africa while addressing gaps in development.

Olumide is very passionate about development as he is about climate change and environmental conservation efforts. He holds membership in various organizations both local and international. Currently, he serves as the Youth Focal Point in Nigeria for UNDP Small Grant Program, Youth Lead Author Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) & Communication Director for African Youth Initiative on Climate Change.

Henri Nyakarundi


Henri is a Rwandan social entrepreneur operating in the green sector. He is the founder of ARED Group Inc., a power-as-a-service (PAAS) startup deploying edge and solar technology to bridge the electricity gap in developing countries.

With over a decade of experience, Henri is one of the leading voices of entrepreneurship in Africa’s renewable energy, innovation & technology sector.

Pretty Tsholofelo Ndlovu


Based in South Africa, Pretty is the founder of Slow Textiles South Africa, a recycling company revolutionizing the country’s textile industry. With a keen interest in sustainability and circular economy, she aims to empower communities, helping them to understand the need for collaboration between businesses and the environment.

Nneka Ukay


Nneka is a Nigerian business innovation and project management professional with over 17 years of varied experience working predominantly with multinational organizations.

She is currently the executive secretary of Innovation Support Network (ISN Hubs), an organization focused on creating linkages with corporates, development partners, academia, and government to catalyze Nigeria’s innovation ecosystem through a community of over 100 innovation and technology Hubs across the country.

Join over 500 attendees at Cleanbuild’s climate action stakeholders forum as the event will see entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, C-Suite executives, investors, policymakers, climate enthusiasts, and journalists across Africa and beyond.

Though virtual, the event promises to be highly informative with opportunities to network with fellow attendees. Hurry now to register here if you have not done so already.

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