Babou Olengha-Aaby is the Founder & CEO of The Next Billion, a for profit- for impact-driven startup with a vision to change the way we see business. One woman at a time. Closing the visibility gap for women in business globally by empowering the next billion women entrepreneurs, manufacturers, producers, business-owners and leaders to show up and be visble.
Congolese born and mother of 3, Babou is a passionate advocate for Female Entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment and for greater diversity and mindfulness in business. She is a big believer in the collective power of one, of the Crowd and technology to affect positive change in the world. Through her work at The Next Billion, she’s conceived and launched initiatives such as Access2 as well the social media campaign #WinningFacts #WinningEffects aimed at highlighting the benefits of investing in women. Her company’s current portfolio of products include Globally Spotted and Profile[me].
Babou is the proud recipient of an Honorary Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador Award, awarded to her at the IV European Congress of Small Business in 2014 in Poland. She is also an enterprise mentor, who champions and advises ‘business underdogs’ (i.e. SMEs, purpose driven companies, mature entrepreneurs and more precisely female entrepreneurs).
She is also an experienced keynote speaker and TEDxWomen alumni.