Sub-Saharan Africa

Olajumoke Adenowo

Olajumoke, a pioneer recipient of the keenly contested New African Woman in Business Award (from the same stable as the African Banker of the Year Award) was also nominated for the West African Business Woman of The Year award at the CNBC All Africa Business Leaders Awards in 2014.

Genevieve Sangudi

Genevieve Sangudi is the Managing Director of The Carlyle Group, advising on buyout and growth opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Sangudi played a lead role in launching Carlyle’s maiden Sub-Saharan Africa fund, including fundraising, formulating the investment strategy, origination and execution.

Kathy Ku

Nneka Mobisson

Salma Abdulai

Thato Kgatlhanye

Thato Kgatlhanye launched her company when she was 18. As she was about to start her undergraduate degree, she came up with an idea to help underprivileged pupils who face challenges with their education. Rethaka – literally meaning “we are fellows” – encourages children to attend school and learn effectively.

Suzana Moreira

Originally from South Africa, Suzana Moreira moved to Mozambique 3 years ago to launch a mobile commerce platform, moWoza. MoWoza is the contraction of the word “mobile” and the Zulu word “woza”, meaning “to come” or “to run”. Suzana explains: “The service is about running for our customers”. In addition to its four employees, the company works with delivery men and women operating on a commission basis.

Chinwe Ohajuruka

Chinwe Ohajuruka, 52, lives in the United States and is of Nigerian heritage. Her 3 degrees in architecture and 3 accreditations in green building led to the creation of Comprehensive Design Services, a company that provides “comprehensive solutions to complex problems”, as Chinwe explains.

Oulimata Sarr

Oulimata Sarr is currently a Regional Economic Empowerment Advisor of UN Women for West and Central Africa. UN Women is the United Nations entity mandated for gender equality and empowerment of women. Prior to the UN, she spent ten years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member institution of the World Bank Group.

Winnifred Selby

Winnifred Selby, who likes to be known as Winnie, was just 17 years old when she co-founded Afrocentric Bamboo, a company that manufactures and markets bicycles made from bamboo. Today, at just 19, she is heading what has become a growing brand that is struggling to keep up with demand.


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