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2021 Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa List Announced


Reset Global People in partnership with the SDGS office at the Office of the President of Ghana and Avance Media have announced the second list of the Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa for 2021. With the inaugural list announced in 2019, this publication throws the spotlight on African women leading various organizations across the continent.

The list features leading African women CEOs from 21 African countries heading various organizations that continue to excel under their leadership on the continent and beyond. The list is also released ahead of the 2022/23 African Women CEOs Summit to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Speaking about the list, Kwame A.A. Opoku, CEO of Reset Global People noted that, "Women are a powerful force for change. They’re one-half of the potential human capital in any economy. More than half a billion women have joined the world’s workforce over the past 30 years; they make up 40 percent of the agriculture labor force and more than half the world’s university students. In fact, a recent McKinsey Global Institute study found that global GDP could increase by $12 trillion by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. The truth is it’s everyone’s issue. From ending extreme poverty to countering violent extremism, we cannot succeed without women and girls and this is why we are excited and privileged to announce the 2021 List. These are extraordinary women who are leading the charge to transform our continent and deserve the spotlight more than any one”

For centuries, African women have been grossly denied leadership positions, a narrative that is steadily changing across the continent. From climbing corporate ladders to running successful businesses, these outstanding women continue to demonstrate great leadership as head of various organizations and companies across the continent.

Speaking on criteria for selection, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media mentioned the team considered the size and importance of the woman-led business in the economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career (résumé and runway ahead), and social and cultural influence. Eligibility is also based on the geolocation of the business and also highlights profit, impact and sustainability and the overall influence of the individual women over their sector, industry and community as a whole.

The list features some prominent names including Clare Akamanzi, Dr. Rasha Kelej, Owen Omogiafo, Dentaa Amoateng, Tiguidanke Camara and Meta Africa’s head Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke.

Below is the list of 2021 Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa arranged in alphabetical order



1.     Abena Osei-Poku || Absa Bank Ghana

2.     Abimbola Alale (Dr.) || Nigerian Communications Satellite

3.     Abiola Bawuah || United Bank for Africa (UBA)

4.     Adoma Peprah || Visa Ghana

5.     Agnes Kalibata || Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

6.     Albertinah Kekana || Royal Bafokeng Holdings Pty Ltd

7.     Alice Kilonzo–Zulu || Ecobank Rwanda

8.     Aminata Kane Ndiaye || Orange Sierra Leone

9.     Amy Jadesimi (Dr) || Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base

10.  Anita Erskine || Anita Erskine Media

11.  Anne Juuko || Stanbic Bank Uganda

12.  Baronice Hans || Bank Windhoek

13.  Bénédicte Janine Kacou Diagou || Groupe NSIA

14.  Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || soleRebels

15.  Betty Korir || Credit Bank

16.  Bukola Smith || FSDH Merchant Bank

17.  Carole Kariuki || Kenya Private Sector Alliance

18.  Christine Baingana || Urwego Bank

19.  Clare Akamanzi || Rwanda Development Board

20.  Claudia Lumor || Glitz Africa

21.  Dentaa Amoateng || GUBA

22.  Deola Art Alade || Livespot360

23.  Diane Karusisi (Dr) || Bank of Kigali

24.  Dupe Olusola || Transcorp Hotels plc

25.  Eleni Gabre-Madhin (Dr) || blueMoon

26.  Eliane Houphouet-Boigny || MTN Guinea Bissau

27.  Esselina Macome || Financial Sector Deepening Program

28.  Ester Kali || Letshego Namibia

29.  Esther Cobbah || Stratcomm Ghana

30.  Fatima Beyina-Moussa || Equatorial Congo Airlines

31.  Florence Larbi || Zoomlion

32.  Frehiwot Tamru || Ethio telecom

33.  Funke Opeke || MainOne

34.  Funmilayo Omo  || Enterprise Life Nigeria

35.  Gifty Anti || GDA Concepts

36.  Gwendoline Abunaw || Ecobank CEMAC

37.  Ibukun Awosika || The Chair Centre Group

38.  Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu || Tony Elumelu Foundation

39.  Ireti Samuel-Ogbu || Citi Nigeria

40.  Jackie Chimhanzi (Dr) || African Leadership Institute

41.  Jasandra Nyker || Nala Renewables

42.  Juliana Rotich || Ushahidi

43.  Juliet Ehimuan || Google Nigeria

44.  Kadijah Amoah || Aker Energy

45.  Kate Fotso || Telcar Cocoa

46.  Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane || Absa Bank Botswana

47.  Kendi Nderitu || Microsoft Kenya

48.  Kim Schoepflin || Kwatani

49.  Kofo Akinkugbe || SecureID

50.  Kosi Yankey || Ghana Entreprise Agency

51.  Leila Fourie || Johannesburg Stock Exchange

52.  Lorato Morapedi || National Development Bank

53.  Lowani Chibesakunda || Citi Zambia

54.  Mansa Nettey || StanChart Ghana

55.  Mariam Kane-Garcia || Total Energies South Africa

56.  Massogbè Touré || SITA

57.  Miriam Olusanya || Guaranty Trust Bank

58.  Mitwa Kaemba Ng'ambi || MTN Rwanda

59.  Mizinga Melu || Absa Bank Zambia

60.  Mo Abudu || Ebonylife Group

61.  Monica Musonda || Java Foods Limited

62.  Nabou Fall || Vizeo

63.  Nadine Tinen Tchangou || PwC in Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa

64.  Naike Moshi || Women in Management Africa

65.  Nancy Matimu || MultiChoice Kenya

66.  Nancy Muhoya Ng’ang’a || EY East Africa

67.  Nasim Devji || Diamond Trust Bank Group

68.  Nathalie Munyampenda || Kepler

69.  Nezha Hayat || Autorité Marocaine du Marché des Capitaux

70.  Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga || Electric Regulatory Agency

71.  Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe || Fidelity Bank Nigeria

72.  Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke || Meta Africa

73.  Ola Brown || Flying Doctors

74.  Oluwatomi Somefun || Unity Bank Nigeria

75.  Owen Omogiafo || Transcorp Plc

76.  Patience Akyianu || Hollard Ghana

77.  Patience Mutesi || TradeMark East Africa

78.  Patricia Obo-Nai || Vodafone Ghana

79.  Philisiwe Mthethwa || National Empowerment Fund

80.  Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa || Shanduka Group

81.  Racheal Njoroge || Cummins Southern Africa

82.  Rasha Kelej (Dr.) || Merck Foundation

83.  Rebecca Enonchong || Apps Tech

84.  Rebecca Mbithi || Family Bank

85.  Rebecca Miano || KenGen

86.  Reni Folawiyo || Alara

87.  Roberta Annan || Annan Capital Partners

88.  Sarah Arapta || Citibank Uganda

89.  Sherin Naiken || Seychelles Tourism Board

90.  Shirley Machaba || PWC Southern Africa

91.  Sola David-Borha || Standard Bank Africa

92.  Susan M. Mulikita || Liquid Telecoms Zambia

93.  Taelo Mojapelo || BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd

94.  Tara Fela-Durotoye || House of Tara

95.  Teju Ajani || Apple Nigeria

96.  Temie Giwa Tubosun || LifeBank

97.  Tiguidanke Camara || Tigui Mining Group

98.  Toyin Oluwatoyin Sanni || Emerging Africa Group

99.  Uche Ofodile || MTN Benin

100.                 Yvonne Manzi Makolo || RwandAir

 

 

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