James Manyika joins Google as Senior Vice President of Technology and Society

The position of Senior Vice President of Technology and Society at Google is a newly-created position. American citizen and native of Zimbabwe, James Manyika will report directly to the CEO of Alphabet, Sundar Pichai. James Manyika’s role works on “shaping and sharing” the company’s view on the way tech affects society, the economy and the […]

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Aliko Dangote announces the start of operations at his mega-refinery this year

Aliko Dangote is completing “Dangote Oil refinery”, his $19.5 billion mega-refinery project, which is expected to begin production by the end of the third trimester of 2022. Since 2020, its commissioning has often been postponed due to delays in the completion of the work with the pandemic. Aliko Dangote announced the launch of the refinery’s […]

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Dr Essam Yassin Mohammed appointed as Interim Director General of the WorldFish Centre

The WorldFish Board of Directors announced on 21 January that it has appointed Dr Essam Yassin Mohammed, from Eritrea, as Interim Director General of WorldFish from January 2022. Based in Bayan Lepas, Malaysia, WorldFish describes itself as an international non-profit research and innovation organisation that reduces hunger, malnutrition and poverty in Africa, Asia and the […]

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Wangui Mbugua appointed General Manager of Uber Eats Kenya

The appointment of Wangui Mbugua, it is explained, is expected to take Uber Eats to an even higher growth trajectory. Wangui Mbugua’s responsibilities include continuing the growth of Uber’s delivery services in Kenya, where the new CEO says the increasing demand for a variety of delivery services indicates a trend that she expects to continue […]

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Marwa Abbas,the first woman to be appointed General Manager of IBM Egypt

Marwa Abbas, whose appointment was announced on Monday 17 January, succeeds Wael Abdoush, who has been appointed IBM’s general manager for the Gulf region, the Arab Mashreq and Pakistan. As general manager of IBM Egypt, Marwa Abbas will manage all business operations of the company, in addition to her technical role of driving business growth […]

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Rosette Chantal Rugamba and Dr. Paula Kahumbu join the WWF International Board of Directors

Rosette Chantal Rugamba, a 24-year veteran of the African ecotourism and protected areas sector, and Dr Paula Kahumbu, one of Africa’s best-known wildlife conservationists joined on 1 January 2022. Rosette Chantal Ruganba, a 24-year veteran of the African ecotourism and protected areas sector, and Dr Paula Kahumbu, one of Africa’s best-known wildlife conservationists joined the […]

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Interview.Freda Katunda: “LEAP is digitizing healthcare education”

Born in the DRC, raised in the US and currently living in Germany, Freda Katunda won the Social Hero award from Global Digital Women GmbH (Germany) in December 2021 for her startup LEAP. In partnership with UNICEF, the London School of Economics, international universities and African organizations, among others, LEAP offers affordable and accessible training […]

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Gilbert F. Houngbo New Chair of the Board of Directors of the Natural Resource Governance Institute

The Board of Directors of the Natural Resource Governance Institute recently announced the appointment of Gilbert F. Houngbo as the new Chair of this independent non-profit organization. Gilbert Houngbo, a former Prime Minister of Togo, will take up his position as Chairman of the Board of NRGI in March 2022. Gilbert Houngbo succeeds President Ernesto […]

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Standard Chartered appoints Dr. Sandie Okoro as Group General Counsel

Standard Chartered (the Group) announced on January 13 the appointment of Dr. Sandie Okoro as Group General Counsel. She will be reporting to Group CEO, Bill Winters and be based in the UK. Sandie Okoro will join the Standard Chartered Group in early-April 2022. She replaces David Fein, who retired as Group General Counsel at […]

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Paula Kahumbu becomes the first National Geographic explorer to join the organisation’s Board of Directors

Kenyan national Paula Kahumbu is one of five new members of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, the renowned 134-year-old organisation. The five new members, whose appointments were announced on 12 January, took up their positions on 1 January. The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organisation specialising in geography, archaeology, […]

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Chef Thiam creates joint-venture to boost fonio production

USAID/Prosper Africa has awarded a $1.98 million co-investment grant to Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam’s Yolélé and Simballa Sylla’s Mali Shi SA, which it says will boost Mali’s fonio exports and create 13,700 jobs. The ancient grain fonio has been grown as a subsistence crop in West Africa for over 5000 years. A new venture in […]

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Gabonese Huguette Oyini appointed Regional Director of BGFI Bank group in Central Africa

She is responsible for overseeing BGFI Bank’s subsidiaries in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea and Central Africa. The BGFI Bank Group describes itself as the leading financial group in the CEMAC zone and the leader in its domestic market, Gabon, as well as in the Republic […]

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