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Guyanese-parented Ethiopia Princess participates in Annual Women’s Leadership & Business Conference


WeLead Caribbean on Wednesday announced the inclusion of Her Imperial Highness Princess Ariana Austin Makonnen of Ethiopia as a speaker to the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership and Business Conference, PowHERful: Transition from Inspiration to Action.

This year’s event will be held on September 18th – 19th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.

Her Imperial Highness Princess Ariana would be delivering a speech on cultural entrepreneurship which would be followed by a questions and answers segment and she is said to be excited to be addressing her Guyanese community.

“Princess Ariana is a philantropist and entrepreneur with invaluable experience and knowledge to be shared at this year’s conference. We are honored to have her and we look forward to learning from her said Abbigale Loncke, President, WeLead Caribbean. And to have Yvette Noel-Schure lead our lineup of speakers this year means that we are going to be in the company of really great women.”

Princess Ariana Makonnen was born on January 6, 1984 to an American father and Guyanese mother. She is a member of the Ethiopian imperial family and the House of Solomon through her marriage to Prince Joel Dawit Makonnen, the great-grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Her grandfather was former Georgetown Mayor John Meredith Ford. She began her career as a teacher and freelance journalist in Paris, France.


Today, Princess Ariana works full-time in philanthropy where she continues to channel her passion for culture, education, and communities. In addition, she serves as the Goodwill Ambassador of Friends of Guyana, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education, cultural, and environmental programs in and about Guyana. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

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