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Avance Media announces 2023 Most Influential African Women list

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Avance Media, a pan-African Public Relations and Rating firm, has announced the release of its fifth annual edition of the 100 Most Influential African Women list for 2023 honouring Africa’s foremost women leaders from 31 countries.

Chosen for their exceptional contributions to various sectors on the continent, the 2023 publication features 20 business leaders, 24 diplomats, 6 climate change leaders, 21 leaders in CSO & Philanthropy and other notable categories such as governance, media, sports and entertainment.

Prince Akpah, the Founder of Avance Media, emphasized that the compilation aims to spotlight women spearheading impactful initiatives across Africa, serving as inspiring role models for the next generation. He underscored their selection as a tribute to their extraordinary accomplishments, positioning them as exemplary trailblazers among Africa’s female leaders.

Criteria for selection included: Excellence in Leadership & Performance, Personal accomplishments, Commitment to sharing knowledge, Breaking the Status Quo and being an accomplished African Woman.

The 2023 list features female presidents and vice presidents, H.E Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia), H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan (Tanzania), H.E Mariam Chabi Talata (Benin), H.E Mutale Nalumango (Zambia) and H.E. Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior (South Sudan)

The comprehensive profiles of the 2023 100 Most Influential African Women can be accessed at 100women.avancemedia.org.

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2023 100 Most Influential African Women arranged in alphabetical order

  1. Abir Ibrahim || Associate Director of Africa, World Economic Forum
  2. Ahunna Eziakonwa || Regional Director for Africa, UNDP
  3. Alice Wairimu Nderitu || Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, UN
  4. Amani Abou-Zeid (H.E.) ||  Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AU
  5. Amina J Mohammed (H.E.) || Deputy Secretary-General , United Nations
  6. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh || Strategic Partnership Lead for Africa, Microsoft
  7. Angélique Kidjo || Musician
  8. Antoinette Sayeh || Deputy Managing Director, IMF
  9. Arunma Oteh || Chairperson, Royal African Society
  10. Aya Chebbi || Founder, Nala Feminist Collective
  11. Beatrice Agyeman Abbey || Group CEO, Media General
  12. Bimbo Ademoye || Actress
  13. Bintou Keita  || Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC, UN
  14. Caroline Wanga || CEO, Essence
  15. Charlene Ruto || Founder, Smachs Foundation
  16. Chido Cleopatra Mpemba || Youth Envoy, African Union
  17. Chileshe Kapwepwe || General Secretary, COMESA
  18. Clementine Nkweta-Salami || Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, UN
  19. Coumba Sow || Representative and Country Director in Rwanda & Djinouti, FAO
  20. Dagmawit Girmay Berhane || Member, International Olympic Committee 
  21. Damilola Ogunbiyi || Co-Chair, UN-Energy
  22. Danai Nhando || Country Director, Change.org South Africa
  23. Déborah Mutund || TV Host, CANAL+ Group
  24. Degan Ali || Executive Director, Adeso
  25. Diariétou Gaye   || Vice President People and Culture, World Bank
  26. Diene Keita || Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
  27. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema (H.E) || Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
  28. Elizabeth Wathuti || Founder, Green Generation Initiative
  29. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (H.E.) || Founder, EJS Center
  30. Fatim Cissé || CEO, IHS Towers CI
  31. Fatima Kyari Mohammed (H.E) || Permanent Observer to the United Nations, AU
  32. Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura || Secretary General, FIFA
  33. Folasade Alli (Dr.) || Chief Medical Director, Lagos Executive Cardiovascular Centre
  34. Françoise Moudouthe || CEO, African Women’s Development Fund
  35. Françoise Remarck || Minister of Culture, Ivory Coast
  36. Graça Machel || Founder, Graça Machel Trust
  37. Hanan Morsy || Chief Economist, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  38. Hanna Serwaa Tetteh (H.E.) || Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, United Nations
  39. Hilda Bassey || Chef, Myfood By Hilda Baci
  40. Ibukun Awosika (Dr.) || CEO, The Chair Centre Group
  41. Ineza Umuhoza Grace || CEO, The Green Protector
  42. Irene Koki Mutungi || Captain, Kenya Airways
  43. Jacqueline Asiimwe || CEO, CivSource Africa
  44. Jessica Dewhurst || CEO, Justice Desk Africa
  45. Libianca || Musician
  46. Leila Bouamatou (Dr.) || Managing Director, Générale de Banque de Mauritanie
  47. Louise Mushikiwabo (H.E.) || SG, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
  48. Lydia Nsekera || Member, International Olympic Committee 
  49. Mariam Chabi Talata (H.E) || Vice President, Republic of Benin
  50. Martha Ama A. Pobee (H.E.) || Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, UN
  51. Martha Koome || Chief Justice, Kenya
  52. Matshidiso Moeti (Dr.) || Regional Director, World Health Organisation Africa
  53. Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi || Executive Vice President, African Center for Economic Transformation
  54. Mimi Kalinda || CEO, Africa Communications Media Group
  55. Monique Nsanzabaganwa (H.E. Dr.) || Deputy Chairperson, African Union
  56. Mukwandi Chibesakunda || CEO, Zambia National Commercial Bank
  57. Mutale Nalumango (H.E.) || Vice President, Zambia
  58. Nangula Nelulu Uaandja || CEO, Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board
  59. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala || Director General, World Trade Organisation
  60. Noluthando Gosa || CEO, Akhona Group
  61. Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita || Chairperson, Standard Bank Group 
  62. Nozipho Tshabalala || CEO, The Conversation Strategists
  63. Ojoma Ochai || Managing Director, Co-Creation Hub
  64. Olori Atuwatse III (HRH) || Queen Consort, Warri Kingdom
  65. Oulie Keita (Dr.) || Executive Director, Greenpeace Africa
  66. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Dr.) || Board Chair, Women Deliver
  67. Precious Moloi-Motsepe (Dr.) || CEO, Motsepe Foundation
  68. Proscovia Nabbanja || CEO, Uganda National Oil Company
  69. Prudence Ngwenya || Director of Women, Gender and Youth, African Union
  70. Racey Muchilwa || PRESIDENT & HEAD, Novartis Sub-Saharan Africa
  71. Rasha Kelej (Senator Dr.) || CEO, Merck Foundation
  72. Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior (H.E.) || Vice President, South Sudan
  73. Roselinda Tuya || Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, 
  74. Ruth Kadiri || Actress
  75. Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa || TV & Radio Host
  76. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (Rt. Hon) || Prime Minister, Namibia
  77. Sahle-Work Zewde (H.E) || President , Ethiopia
  78. Salima Mukansanga || Referee, FIFA
  79. Samia Suluhu Hassan (H.E) || President, Tanzania
  80. Samira Bawumia (H.E.) || Second Lady & Founder, AFRIWOCC
  81. Samukeliso Dube (Dr.) || Executive Director, FP2030
  82. Sanda Ojiambo || Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Global Compact
  83. Sara Menker || CEO, Gro Intelligence
  84. Simi Nwogugu || CEO, Junior Achievement Africa
  85. Solange Amichia || CEO, CEPICI
  86. Somachi Chris-Asoluka || CEO, The Tony Elumelu Foundation
  87. Stigmata Tenga (Dr.) || Executive Director, Africa Philanthropy Network
  88. Thembi Seete || Actress
  89. Theo Sowa || Co-Chair, The Equality Fund
  90. Theresa Ayoade || CEO, Charterhouse
  91. Tulia Ackson (Hon Dr.) || Speaker, National Assembly of Tanzania
  92. Tusaiwe Munkhondya  || Founder, YANA
  93. Valentine Rugwabiza || Special Representative of the SG for the CAR, United Nations
  94. Vanessa Nakate || Climate Activist & Goodwill Ambassador, Unicef
  95. Vera Songwe (Dr.) || Founder & Chairwoman, Liquidity and Sustainability Facility
  96. Victoria Kwakwa || Regional Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa, World Bank
  97. Wendy Lucas-Bull || Chairperson, Shoprite Holdings Ltd
  98. Winnie Byanyima || Executive Director, UNAIDS
  99. Zainab Hawa Bangura (H.E.) || Director General, United Nations Office at Nairobi
  100. Zouera Youssoufou || CEO, Aliko Dangote Foundation
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