President and Founder of Kariliss Laboratories Inc., Amina Gerba was born in Cameroon and emigrated to Québec in 1986, where she earned an M.B.A in Marketing from the Université du Québec à Montréal’s School of Management. To Amina Gerba, Africa has a wealth of resources that just need to be appreciated and better distributed. This belief inspired her to co-found Flash Beauté / KARIDERM® in 1998, so that North Americans could discover the benefits of the “green gold”—i.e., shea butter—known and used by West African women. A driven entrepreneur, Amina Gerba set out to promote a positive image of Africa as a new land full of business opportunities for North American investors. She is president and CEO of Afrique Expansion Inc., a communication and international development firm she founded and whose mission is to promote business relations and partnerships between Canadian and African enterprises. As well, in 2003 she launched Forum Africa, a biennial business gathering intended to promote economic ties between Africa and North America.
Amina Gerba was named Chevalière de l’Ordre national du Québec in June18th, 2014 by the Prime Minister of Québec”. Over the course of her career, Amina Gerba has been the recipient of numerous distinctions, including one recognizing her exceptional contribution to the Québec business community handed out as part of Black History Month in 2010. In 2011, she was chosen “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the African Business Network, and in 2012 was honoured with the Prix Reconnaissance UQAM, handed out by the university to acknowledge its graduates’ contribution to social progress. In 2013, Ms. Gerba was one of six Canadian businesswomen invited by the U.S. State Department to participate in the prestigious and highly selective International Visitor Leadership Program.
Amina Gerba sits on several boards, including those of the Armand-Frappier Foundation of the INRS, the Fonds afro-entrepreneurs, the Canadian Council on Africaand the African Business Roundtable. Since 2009, she has been a governor of Femmessor Montréal, a regional organization that supports women’s entrepreneurship. Finally, she recently became an accredited member of WEConnect International, was appointed president of the Rotary Club of Old Montreal for 2014-2015.