Putting the Value in Value Chains



Location: Stafford



Moderator: Linda Scott, DoubleXEconomy

Conversation Starters:

Sinethemba Mafanya, Diageo SA Empowerment Trust and Cheers Z Ventures

Sam Miller Hicks, Advance Global Capital

Susan Mboya, Navigators Global

Session Description:

How can the private sector better engage with women in value chains? Women-owned businesses only get 1% of corporate contracts, in large part because they lack sufficient capital to fill large orders. Banks have not responded to the need. Join our working session to problem solve with leading-edge actors who are demonstrating what is possible when the private sector takes an intentional approach to engaging with women in value chains.


Linda Scott

Linda Scott

Sinethemba Mafanya

Sinethemba Mafanya

Sam Miller Hicks

Sam Miller Hicks

Susan Mboya

Susan Mboya

Dr. Linda Scott is Emeritus DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford, and Senior Consulting Fellow to Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs. She founded, and is now Senior Advisor to, the Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and founded DoubleXEconomy LLC, a consulting firm specializing in women’s economic empowerment. Scott works with...

...multinational corporations, international agencies, national governments, and global NGOs designing and testing programs to better include women in the world economy. Professor Scott was selected as one of the top 25 Global Thinkers by Prospect magazine in 2015. Linda is best known for her concept of the Double X Economy, a perspective that describes the global economy of women not just as consumers or workers, but as investors, donors, and entrepreneurs. The Double X Economy concept was also featured by a special Financial Times video series called, “Thinking Big” in January 2014. Professor Scott also founded The Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy. Many other world press vehicles, from The Economist to BBC, have covered Linda's research. In addition to her own blog, The Double X Economy, Scott has blogged for the World Economic Forum, Forbes, and Bloomberg on gender issues. She has written a book called The Double X Economy, which will be published in 2019 by Farrar Straus & Giroux in the US and Faber & Faber in the UK.

Sinethemba Mafanya is CEO and founder of Cheers Z Ventures, an investment accelerator, funder, and manager for start-up businesses, and a general manager of a social investment vehicle for South Africa, the Diageo SA Empowerment Trust. Previously, Sinethemba worked for...

...Accenture, Ernst and Young, and Proctor and Gamble. Sinethemba is establishing a number of start-ups in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Sinethemba is 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship in Business & Entrepreneurship, one of 700 selected from over 35,000 applicants hosted at Northwestern University in program initiated by former President Barack Obama. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town, a Masters in Finance from the University of London, and is currently an Executive MBA candidate with Said Business School, Oxford as of fall 2018. His work in impact investing has revolved around empowering entrepreneurs, especially women & linking entrepreneurial finance to SME growth through Venture Capital, Private Equity and Social Enterprise Grant financing. Sinethemba has also received recognition for his contribution to society, including being the testimonial speaker at Nelson Mandela Presidents Award Ceremony in the presence of Nelson Mandela, HRH Prince and Princess of Wessex.

Sam Miller Hicks is CEO of Money in Motion, LLC a San Francisco-based family office that puts money to work by creating opportunities in underserved communities, with a focus on women, financial inclusion, and catalyzing social mobility. Money in Motion’s portfolio includes...

...catalytic philanthropic grants and impact investments, including Advance Global Capital Ltd, an impact investment manager delivering flexible working capital to small businesses, where she is Global Head of Impact. Sam has more than 25 years of experience in small business development and impact investing. Her work spans multiple industries, including international finance, clean tech, green building, fair trade artisanal products, hospitality and education in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. Sam helped establish the Soros Foundation’s first Graduate Program in Economics and did public relations for the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the Czech and Slovak Republics split. She worked in corporate and investment banking for Citibank in Prague where she was a Senior Relationship Manager for multinational corporates and in London where she structured and arranged syndicated loans. Back in California, she led the consumer marketing, dental channel and small business development departments for Align Technology, a global medical device company. She has worked with thousands of small businesses and social enterprises through her sustainable business consultancy, Xanh. Sam earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Czechoslovak Management Center/Katz School of Business.

Susan Mboya is the Principal and International Advisor for Navigators Global. In this role, Susan leads Navigators international advisory services leveraging her substantial background in international politics and development including the development of strategies and the implementation of successful political campaigns in Africa and...

... on large scale multi-country development programs across the Eurasia region. Susan has served in an advisory role to high level government officials, NGOs, C-Suite Executives and local economic and political leaders and was the first lady of Nairobi from 2013 to 2017. Prior to this, Susan was the President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and also the Group Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment with responsibility for Coca-Colas development programs across the 90 countries under Coca-Colas Eurasia, Africa Group (EAG). In this role Susan led the women’s economic empowerment programs and partnerships, for the Eurasia and Africa markets, under the 5 by20 program, Coca-Colas global commitment to economically empower 5 million women by the year 2020. Under her leadership, Coca-Cola empowered over 800,000 women and Susan established a number of key large scale programs and critical strategic partnerships including the E.N.G.I.N.E (Empowering Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises), in partnership with DFID and the Yes Youth Can program partnership with USAID. As President of the CocaCola Africa Foundation (TCCAF), Susan led the deployment of the Foundations initiatives in over 50 countries across the Continent, including the signature Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) that provided water and sanitation to 3 million Africans. Under the Foundation, Susan also introduced Project Last Mile, which is strengthening health systems across Africa, and the YES! (Youth Empowered for Success) initiative which empowered 25,000 young Africans as of 2017. Dr Mboya joined The Coca-Cola Company in September 2008 as the General Manager for Coca-Cola South Africa, where she was instrumental in turning around a business that was in decline. Susan started her career at Procter and Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati Ohio, as an Assistant Brand Manager in the Health Sector, and enjoyed a successful 14-year career in General Management, where she worked in various roles in a number of sectors including Paper Products, Diapers, Healthcare, and Oral Care, including a pivotal role as Global Director for Oral B Brushing, during the acquisition of Gillette by P&G. Susan also worked for several years in P&G’s Customer/Sales organization working with Target, Wal*Mart and other large chains.