The Chief Operations Officer of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Clare Akamanzi has been listed by Forbes Magazine, among the Young Powerful Women on the African continent.
The Forbes list, though subjective, is aimed at identifying young, professional African women who are most innovative, courageous, daring and successful young women aged 45 and under.
Though she was recently appointed by cabinet as the RDB’s COO, Clare Akamanzi, 34, spent good years playing a central role in Rwanda development especially at the time when she was at the helm of RDB- the country’s development agency tasked with accelerating economic growth and development as acting CEO by enabling private sector growth.
As COO of RDB she still holds a key role in implementing policies and initiatives that have continued to see more investors attracted to the Rwandan market, and spurring the tourism sector with new tourism initiatives.
Other enlisted women include Isabel Dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s President, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. She is Africa’s richest woman. Mimi Alemayehou-Ethiopian. Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Vera Songwe, Cameroonian. Country Director, World Bank, Senegal, Tara Fela-Durotoye Nigerian.
Founder, House Of Tara, Rapelang Rabana, South African entrepreneur, Valentina da Luz Guebuza, Mozambiquan investor, Hadeel Ibrahim-Sudanese. Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Alengot Oromait, Ugandan Member of Parliament
Others are; Monica Musonda, Zambian-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Java Foods, Lindiwe Mazibuko, South African-Politician & Parliamentary Leader for Democratic Alliance (DA), Minoush Abdel-Meguid, Egyptian.
Private Equity Investor, Entrepreneur, Investment Banker, Ola Orekunrin, Nigerian. Medical Doctor & Founder, The Flying Doctors, Sibongile Sambo, South African-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of SRS Aviation.
And Lupita Nyong’o, Kenyan-Actress and Filmmaker, Amini Kajunju, Democratic Republic of Congo.
President & CEO, Africa-America Institute, Folake Folarin-Coker, Nigerian fashion designer, NoViolet Bulawayo, Zimbabwean an author, Wangechi Mutu, Kenyan Artist and Sculptor and Angellah Kariuk-a Tanzanian politician.