USA: Nemat “Minouche” Shafik becomes the first female president of Columbia University

Nemat “Minouche” Shafik, the current president, since 2017, of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), will become the 20th president of Columbia University on July 1, 2023. She is a distinguished economist who for more than three decades has served in senior leadership roles across a range of prominent international and academic […]

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Senegal: Aminata Ndiaye Niang, new Deputy CEO of Sonatel Group

Aminata Ndiaye Niang has been appointed deputy CEO of Sonatel, effective January 1, 2023. She is also senior vice president at Orange Middle East and Africa. The leading telecommunications operator in Senegal, 42% owned by the Orange Group, the Sonatel Group offers global telecommunications solutions in the areas of fixed-line, mobile, Internet, television and data […]

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Nelma Fernandes elected President of the Confederation of Enterprises of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries

Unanimously elected on 12 December in Lisbon, Portugal, the businesswoman becomes the first woman to head the Confederation of Enterprises of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CE-CPLP) and the first person from Guinea-Bissau to be appointed to the head of this organisation. Nelma Fernandes succeeds the Mozambican Salimo Abdula, who led the organisation for about […]

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IFC Appoints Dahlia Khalifa as Regional Director for Central Africa, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone

IFC announced, on November 16, the appointment of Dahlia Khalifa as its Regional Director for Central Africa, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. In her new role, Dahlia Khalifa will drive IFC’s strategy to create a more resilient and sustainable private sector to support development and job creation in the region. Dahlia Khalifa will be based […]

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Congolese Désiré Balazire appointed Eurodistribution ambassador for Africa

The former General Manager of Congo Airways, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the first person appointed to this position and will represent the interests in Africa of Eurodistribution, an international company based in Madrid, Spain, which provides distribution services in more than 30 markets to airlines, cruise ships, trains and bus companies […]

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Dr Vera Songwe appointed Chairwoman of the Board of the Liquidity & Sustainability Facility (“LSF”)

Dr Vera Songwe is appointed Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Liquidity & Sustainability Facility (LSF) and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former president of Liberia, has also accepted to lead the Board in an honorary capacity, said a press release issued on Thursday, September 29. The Board of Directors includes Dr. Benedict Okey […]

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Joyce-Ann Wainaina is a new fellow at Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

The Jackson School of Global Affairs announced its 2022-2023 senior fellows last month, featuring three leading practitioners who will join 14 returning fellows. A Kenyan national, Joyce-Ann Wainaina, one of the three new fellows, is the Managing Director at Citibank where she leads the Global Network Banking across Sub Saharan Africa. She has worked in […]

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Ekow Nelson is appointed Country General Manager of Ericsson United Arab Emirates

He assumes the role in addition to his current role as Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit for e& (Etisalat) and Pakistan at Ericsson Middle East and Africa. Ericsson has announced, on Tuesday august 23, the appointment of Ekow Nelson as the Country General Manager of Ericsson United Arab Emirates (UAE) effective immediately. […]

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Auguste Tano Kouamé appointed World Bank’s Country Director for India

A national of Côte d’Ivoire, he was previously the World Bank’s Country Director for the Republic of Türkiye. He replaces Junaid Kamal Ahmad who recently completed a five-year term. India is the World Bank Group’s largest client with a portfolio that includes lending of $3.98 billion from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), […]

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Victoria Kwakwa is the new World Bank Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa

The World Bank has appointed Victoria Kwakwa as the new World Bank Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa, effective on July 1. Victoria Kwakwa succeeds Hafez Ghanem, who retired from the World Bank on June 30, 2022. Originally from Ghana, Victoria Kwakwa, an economist and development expert with over 30 years of experience, will […]

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Afreximbank Board Appoints Kanayo Awani Executive Vice President, Intra-African Trade Bank

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), on June 20 in Cairo, announced the appointment of Kanayo Awani to the position of Executive Vice President of the Intra-African Trade Bank (INAT) with effect from 1 July 2022. The appointment follows a decision by Afreximbank’s Board of Directors on 13 June 2022 to approve a recommendation by Bank President […]

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Sarah Arapta,first woman elected chairperson of Uganda Bankers’ Association

Currently Chief Executive Officer of Citibank Uganda, she becomes the first female chairperson of the Association, taking over from Mr. Mathias Katamba who served for two years (2020 and 2021). She begins her tenure this May 2022. Sarah Arapta has been elected during the annual general meeting of the association held on Friday, 13th May […]

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