Speakers

Matilda Payne (Ghana)

Founder of Matilda Haute Couture and co-founder of M.Y. Extreme Décor

Matilda is a highly motivated, passionate, focused and creative individual, who is giving extra meaning to her life on three levels; working and living enthusiastically as a contributor to halting global climate change to create an environment suitable for all; being an icon of leadership who encourages and supports citizens especially women through mentoring and employment to alleviate poverty, and being a model of an empowered African woman.

She is the founder of Matilda Haute Couture and co-founder of M.Y. Extreme Décor. Attended Wesley Girls’ High School, School of Fashion & Design and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Matilda Haute Couture and M.Y. Extreme Décor are both Award winning Eco-Friendly companies which specialize in handmade jewelry and unique décor produced from recycled waste, sustainable raw materials from the environment. Driven by the theme “TURNING TRASH INTO TREASURES”, she contributes her quota in halting Global Climate Change together with her chain of workers including collectors, cleaners, producers and marketers.

Matilda donates 5% of the sale of every item from both companies to the education of underprivileged young but brilliant girls in her society. As an executive member of the mentoring team at her church, Matilda organizes entrepreneurship and leadership workshops for their youth emphasizing on women periodically. She is a member of Aid to Artisans Craft Network Association of Ghana (ACNAG). Matilda won the Most Creative Award (out of over 2000 artisans) at one of Africa’s biggest art exhibitions (SIAO, 2016) IN Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso with her unique innovations.

She also won the environmental protection prize of UNDP at SIAO 2016 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for presenting her innovative collection which fights against air pollution, the deterioration of the ozone layer, health nuisances and poverty alleviation. Furthermore, she was recognized with a plaque of merit at the first Green Awards held at the State Banquet Hall, Accra-Ghana for her practical efforts at mitigating climate change.

Miss Payne believes in interactive learning and drawing inspiration from people from different fields of work and culture to support, empower and alleviate poverty in women.