Magatte Wade was born in Senegal, educated in France, and launched her entrepreneurial career in San Francisco. She is fluent in, and conducts business in, Wolof, French, and English.
She has launched multiple businesses, including Adina World Beverages and Tiossan, a high-end skin care products line based on indigenous Senegalese recipes. Magatte was named a Young Global Leader by the Davos Global Economic Forum as well as one of the “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa” by Forbes in 2011.
Wade believes that free markets and economic freedom is the pathway for Africa to leapfrog ahead, with Africans taking the uncontested leading role in the co-creation of 21st century prosperity for all, innovation, culture and technology. She speaks about the role of free markets in overcoming poverty and the role of enterprise to tackle social issues and entrepreneurial education.