NDSU to host talk by entrepreneur about prosperity for Africa

Magatte Wade is a business leader with a passion for creating positive change in Africa.

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Magatte Wade.
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FARGO — The Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth is hosting a presentation by entrepreneur Magatte Wade at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Louise S. Barry Auditorium in North Dakota State University’s Richard H. Barry Hall.

The event, titled “The Heart of the Cheetah: Entrepreneurship and Prosperity in Africa,” is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Virtual attendance is available on Zoom .

Wade is a business leader with a passion for creating positive change in Africa. She is the founder and CEO of, “the lip balm with a mission,” and is dedicated to reducing discrimination while creating jobs and prosperity in her home country of Senegal.

She is passionate about the “cheetah generation,” a new cohort of dynamic African entrepreneurs and professionals, and the role of enterprise in overcoming poverty.

Wade has been named a Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa”, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos, a TED Global Africa Fellow and a "Leading Woman in Wellness” by the Global Wellness Summit. She serves as director of the Atlas Network’s Center for African Prosperity and on the advisory board of the Whole Planet Foundation of Whole Foods Market.


The presentation is part of the Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series. The series invites world thought leaders to share their ideas with the NDSU community on big questions that explore ways to improve the human condition and create economic opportunity.

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