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, DentaaAmoateng, Tiguidanke Camara and Meta Africa’s head NunuNtshingila-Njeke.
Below is the list of 2021 Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa arranged in alphabetical order