Helen Hai is the CEO of the Made in Africa Initiative which advises African governments on industrialization and investment promotion. She is also co-Founder of C&H Garments, a pioneering Pan-African export-oriented garments manufacturer.
Hai was trained as an actuary in the United Kingdom and has some 20 years of international experience in FTSE100 companies. She has a BA in actuarial science and MSc in actuarial management from CASS Business School in London and EMBA from INSEAD and Tsinghua University.
In 2015, she was named Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). She is co-chair of the WEF Global Future Council on the Future of Consumption. She also received the 2015 African Business Icon Award.
In 2016, Hai was awarded the prestigious National Order of Lion of Senegal. She is on the committee of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development. As UNIDO's Goodwill Ambassador, Hai focuses on Africa’s industrialization.
Watch the video of Hai's appointment as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador here.