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-Ayeh || 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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