Laissa Mouen

Laissa Mouen

Founder and Managing Partner, Kinaya Lab


Laïssa Mouen is the founder of Kinaya Lab, a platform operating in acceleration and seed funding for startups, corporate-startup engagement and open innovation for corporations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to that, she was Managing Director of Cofina-Dojo, a venture which accompanies startups and supports innovative practices. Cofina-Dojo was created through a strategic alliance between Groupe Cofina and Dojo Group.

She has also held roles running the Innovation, Marketing and Brand Communication Department at Groupe Cofina, as well as launching Cofina Startup House, an acceleration program which supports innovative startups in Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Before her time in the world of innovation and startups, Laïssa Mouen worked for more than a decade in senior positions in corporate and investment banking in West and Central Africa, at Crédit-Lyonnais/Crédit Agricole, UBA and Société Générale.
Laissa is graduated from NEOMA BS, one of the French leading business schools.

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

I decided to be an IIC judge to support promising startups in Africa.

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