Three African appointed to head 3 CGIAR global research centres

The 3 centres are part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global partnership of international organisations involved in food security research that includes 15 research centres, donors and advisory bodies. Dr. Simeon Ehui from Côte d’Ivoire has been appointed Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture; Professor Appolinaire Djikeng […]

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Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, the first woman to be appointed Vice President of Gabon

Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda has been appointed Vice President of Gabon on Monday, January 9 by Gabonese President Ali Bongo. She has been replaced as Prime Minister by Alain Claude Bilie By Nze.  Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda becomes the first woman to be appointed to this position, after being the first woman Prime Minister of […]

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Somachi Chris-Asoluka appointed CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation

The new CEO will take office on 1 March 2023 and replaces the former CEO, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, who has retired, the Foundation said. In her new role, the Foundation explained, Chris-Asoluka will leverage her expertise, experience and network to provide strategic leadership in consolidating and deepening the company’s work of transforming Africa through entrepreneurship. Since […]

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Senegalese Amadou Hott Appointed AfDB Special Envoy to the Alliance for Green Infrastructure in Africa

African Development Bank Group President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has appointed Senegal’s former minister Amadou Hott, as his Special Envoy and global champion for the Alliance for Green Infrastructure in Africa (AGIA). The African Development Bank, Africa Union and Africa50 launched the Alliance during COP27 last November with global partners: the African Union Development Agency, the […]

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Three Africans appointed UN Resident Coordinators

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, appointed 3 African personalities to positions of responsibility on Wednesday, December 1. Nelson Muffuh of Cameroon has been appointed UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa. Hopolang Phororo, from Lesotho is the new UN Resident Coordinator in Namibia, while Olufunmilayo Abosede Balogun-Alexander, from Nigeria, has been appointed as UN Resident […]

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Who are the young people of African descent on the 2023 Forbes Under 30 USA list?

Forbes unveiled , on November 29, its 12th annual Under 30 List for the Class of 2023, recognizing 600 trailblazing innovators across North America, within 20 different categories, who have turned to entrepreneurship to solve the world’s most complex challenges – from global warming to reproductive health. Forbes’ Under 30 Class of 2023 features honorees […]

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Dr. Esselina Macome appointed Chairman of the Board of Standard Bank Mozambique

Standard Bank Mozambique announced on 22 November the appointment of Esselina Macome as the new Chairperson of the bank’s Board of Directors, replacing Tomaz Salomão, who held the position for 18 years. Esselina Macome will take office on 1 December and will lead the execution of Standard Bank’s growth strategy for the coming years, the […]

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Harvard University: Patricia Nzolantima and Amandla Ooko-Ombaka Appointed Co-Chairs of the Center for African Studies Leadership Council

The Leadership Council of the Center for African Studies (CAS) at Harvard University is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary organization at Harvard University that aims to broaden public and academic awareness of Africa and African experiences and perspectives. The Leadership Council comprises a group of dynamic young leaders on the African continent. The Council is drawn […]

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Who is Fati N’Zi-Hassane, the new Africa Director of Oxfam International?

Originally from Niger, Fati N’Zi-Hassane announced on 4 November on her social networks that she has taken up her position as Africa Director of Oxfam International, a global movement of people fighting against inequality to end poverty and injustice. “I am delighted to be joining this great feminist and decolonial organisation, committed to the fight […]

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IFC Appoints Olivier Buyoya as Regional Director for West Africa

IFC has appointed Olivier Buyoya as its new Regional Director for West Africa. In his new role, Buyoya, who will cover 13 countries in the region, will lead IFC’s strategy and operations to spur private sector development and opportunity. Olivier Buyoya will work closely with the World Bank, development partners, and public and private sector […]

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Two pioneering women appointed to Lesotho’s new government

Justice Nthomeng Majara, the first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of Lesotho, becomes the first woman to be appointed Deputy Prime Minister in the country, while Dr. Adelaide Retselisitsoe Matlanyane, the first woman to head the Central Bank of Lesotho, has been appointed Minister of Finance in the government headed by the new Prime […]

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USA: Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele named editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Heart Association

Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., M.Sc., M.A.S., M.B.A., M.L.S., FAHA, has been named the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), a peer-reviewed, open access journal published online by the American Heart Association, effective Jan. 1, 2023.  He succeeds previous Editor-in-Chief Barry London, M.D., Ph.D., who has led the journal since November […]

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