Mrs. Amina GERBA, born NLEUNG-ABAH, is the Founder and President and CEO of Afrique Expansion Group and President and Founder of Kariliss Laboratories Inc. and co-Founder of Flash Beauté Inc / Kariderm®.
She arrived in Canada in 1986 as a student and earned a Bachelor of Administration (BBA), option Tourism Management and Intervention in 1992 and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 1993 from UQAM Business School. After working in business development for several Canadian companies, she decided in 1995 to create its communications firm, Afrique Expansion Inc.., Whose main mission is to promote investment in Africa. For Ms. Gerba, Africa is rich in resources just waiting to be valued. It is this belief that motivated her in 1998, after a meeting with women producers of shea butter from Burkina Faso, to create a line of cosmetics made from this raw material with many virtues. Made in Canada, Kariderm ® is the first worldwide to became certified for organic Shea butter and is ranked among the top 50 natural products in Canada. Mrs. Gerba is also the initiator of the Africa Forum, a biennial international conference on investment in Africa, held in Montreal since 2003. Winner of “OSCAR 2005” Carrefour des Communautés du Québec, Mrs. Gerba has been classified in 2008 among the “25 Most Influential Women in Quebec” by Le Journal Les Affaires. In 2010 she was awarded the “Entrepreneur of the Year” African Business Network of Entrepreneurs and Professionals and the Laureate of the Black History Month celebrated by the City of Montreal. Finalist in 2011’s “Price of Quebec Business Women”, she received in 2012 the “Recognition Award” from the University of Quebec at Montreal. Amina Gerba is involved in several boards (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canadian Council on Africa and African Business Round Table and Rotary International). was awarded the rank of Knight of “Ordre National du Québec” on June 18, 2014 at the Quebec Parliament. In 2018, Mrs Gerba as been nominated Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Entreprendre Ici, an organization committed to addressing issues faced by entrepreneurs from Quebec’s different ethnocultural communities, with a view to increase the number of ethnocultural diversity entrepreneurs.