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Made in Mékhé: Magatte Wade in Ottawa

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Join us for a showing of "Made in Mékhé" a 30-minute documentary on the life of Magatte Wade. The documentary will be followed by a Q&A on the film with Magatte on barriers to entrepreneurship and international development.

Magatte Wade was born in Senegal but spent much of her childhood in France. Growing up, she saw the extreme differences in wealth between Africa and Europe. This disparity sparked a question... Why are some countries rich, and others poor?

As she discovered the answer, Magatte was inspired to become an entrepreneur and bring business and investment back to her home. Magatte is the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a high-end skin care products line based on indigenous Senegalese recipes and ingredients.

Magatte writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Barron’s. She is a frequent speaker at business conferences and college campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, MIT, Wharton, Babson, etc. She was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos Global Economic Forum as well as one of the “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa” by Forbes in 2011. In 2014 she was featured on the cover of Forbes Afrique for being the person in Francophone Africa having the greatest positive impact on the future.

Magatte has recently held her own TED talk on starting a business in Africa, which can be viewed here:

This talk will be held at 5:30pm in the University of Ottawa Faculty of Social Sciences Room 4004.

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