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Roberta Annan

African Changemaker

Roberta Annan

Born in Ghana, Roberta is an award-winning businesswoman, a global impact investor, a philanthropist, and a mentor.

She is passionate about developing business opportunities for women in Africa.

This drive saw her establish the African Fashion Fund in 2014 to empower African designers to access the global fashion industry and market.

She is also the co-founder of Impact Fund For African Creatives, a fund that invests in creative businesses across Africa.

Roberta has a global reputation for developing investment opportunities for African entrepreneurs in the creative industries, a devotion that earned her a role as a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador.

A self-starter, the Ghanaian entrepreneur was at one time the youngest African to be inducted into the African Leadership Hall of Fame.

 

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Addis Alemayehou

African Changemaker

Addis Alemayehou

Addis is the founder and chairman of Kazana Group, a holding company with a mission to promote economic prosperity in Africa by supporting companies making impactful changes and solving critical problems in the lives of communities around them.

Kazana, a Swahili name for ‘striving hard,’ has investments in more than a dozen early-stage companies across Africa. Addis believes in empowering African entrepreneurs and is one of the biggest cheerleaders for Ethiopia’s nascent tech ecosystem.

His passion for tech saw him Co-found Dodai, an Africa-focused technology company with a vision to make life in Africa hassle-free by localizing technologies.

Addis honed his entrepreneurial spirit in Canada before he moved back to Africa to help drive inclusive growth and development.

 

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d.light, a company providing essential household products and financing to low-income communities, has announced a project to equip Ugandan refugee camps with solar home systems.
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Fatoumata BA

African Changemaker

Fatoumata BA

Fatoumata is a Senegalese tech entrepreneur driving change in Africa’s venture capital space.

She believes in the power of technology as a catalyst in propelling socially conscious “leapfrog development” on the continent. This drive pushed her to found Janngo.africa Capital, Africa’s first social startup studio leveraging technology to build, grow and invest in pan-African ‘tech for good’ champions with proven business models and inclusive social impact.

Fatoumata is currently serving as the Founder and Executive Chair of Janngo Capital.
Passionate about women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment, her career and commitment have earned her several distinctions, including being named The World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

 

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The Financial Times has released its list of the top 20 fastest growing companies in Africa for 2024.
MTN Rwanda is taking a groundbreaking step towards environmental responsibility with the launch of the nation’s first-ever paper-based, biodegradable SIM cards, dubbed “bioSIMs.”
d.light, a company providing essential household products and financing to low-income communities, has announced a project to equip Ugandan refugee camps with solar home systems.
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Fred Swaniker

African Changemaker

Fred Swaniker

Fred is a Ghanaian leadership development expert and serial entrepreneur on a mission to bring better leadership to Africa and the world.

He is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that lack of good leadership is the missing piece in the puzzle for Africa to realize its true potential. In line with this, he founded the African Leadership Group – an ecosystem of organizations catalyzing a new era of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders.

The ecosystem includes the pre-university African Leadership Academy, the African Leadership University, the African Leadership Network and ALX — a next-generation leadership development and talent-sourcing platform.

Through these platforms, Fred aims to transform Africa by developing 3 million African leaders by 2035.
His noble mission has earned him several accolades, including being recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

 

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The Financial Times has released its list of the top 20 fastest growing companies in Africa for 2024.
MTN Rwanda is taking a groundbreaking step towards environmental responsibility with the launch of the nation’s first-ever paper-based, biodegradable SIM cards, dubbed “bioSIMs.”
d.light, a company providing essential household products and financing to low-income communities, has announced a project to equip Ugandan refugee camps with solar home systems.
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Arielle Kitio Tsamo

African Changemaker

Arielle Kitio Tsamo

Born in Yaoundé, Arielle is passionate about technology and strongly believes in the power of education.

She believes technology is a powerful and transversal tool that presents a huge opportunity for developing countries like Cameroon. This passion informed her move to found CAYSTI (Cameroon Youth School Tech Incubator), a startup revolutionizing the tech industry in Cameroon.

At CAYSTI, Arielle has been sharing her passion for computer science with young people through coding.
With a personalized mentoring system supported by virtual reality tools, CAYSTI creates opportunities, positive attitudes, and leadership attitudes that allow its students to engage and excel in science and technology.

Nicknamed the Queen of Cameroon’s digital inclusion drive, Arielle believes that digital inclusion can only be a reality if children get into the tech sector at a young age.

Her drive has won several accolades, including the Margaret Prize 2019 of the African Digital Woman, the National Award of Excellence for Youth, and the TechWomen Award.

 

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d.light, a company providing essential household products and financing to low-income communities, has announced a project to equip Ugandan refugee camps with solar home systems.
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Cordel Robbin-Coker

African Changemaker

Cordel Robbin-Coker

Born in Sierra Leone, Cordel is an active angel investor investing in Africa-focused technology startups.

Cordel is passionate about mobile games, a drive that saw him Co-found Carry1st, a leading social publisher of social games and interactive content in Africa. Based in South Africa, Carry1st enables global gaming studios to unlock the untapped gaming African market.

Cordel is also a Board Member at 4G Capital, a financial services company that seeks to address the finance gap across Africa.
Before founding Carry1st, he spent a decade in high finance with The Carlyle Group and Morgan Stanley across the US, Europe, and Africa.

 

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Polo Leteka

African Changemaker

Polo Leteka

Polo is a highly accomplished and experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor on a mission to bridge the gender financing gap in Africa.

An accountant by training, Polo is the Chair and Founder of IDF CAPITAL, a South African-based entrepreneurial financier and advisory firm. She is also the Co-Founder of Alitheia IDF, a women-focused PE fund that drives growth in African SMEs by leveraging gender-balanced businesses.

Before moving into the private sector, Polo also worked in the public sector.
She is credited with leading South Africa’s first-ever Codes of Good Practice development on the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment policy.

 

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The Financial Times has released its list of the top 20 fastest growing companies in Africa for 2024.
MTN Rwanda is taking a groundbreaking step towards environmental responsibility with the launch of the nation’s first-ever paper-based, biodegradable SIM cards, dubbed “bioSIMs.”
d.light, a company providing essential household products and financing to low-income communities, has announced a project to equip Ugandan refugee camps with solar home systems.
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 Benjamin Fernandes 

African Changemaker

Benjamin Fernandes

Benjamin is a Tanzanian technology entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of NALA Africa’s first mobile money application that allows users to make transactions without an internet connection.

Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Benjamin is passionate about people, technology, and design.

He dreams of helping create the next big thing in software and financial technology in Africa. He is actualizing the desire through NALA, a fintech with an African-first approach with a global African community at the center of it.

Benjamin is the voice behind #BuildOurAfrica, a conversation stemming from his belief that Africans will build Africa the way they want it.

 

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K. Monica Musonda

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K. Monica Musonda

Monica is a lawyer turned entrepreneur with a vision to provide affordable nutrition to the southern African market.

After quitting as a corporate solicitor, Monica founded JAVA Foodservice Limited, a Zambian-based food-processing company revolutionizing the eating habits of the youth market by offering affordable and nutritious food options made from local products.

Through her leadership and vision, Java Foods has grown into a leading independent instant noodle manufacturer in the Southern African region.
The company’s eeZee Noodles has fast become a leading brand in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Monica’s vision is to transform the venture into one of the leading packaged food manufacturers in the region by 2025.
She is one of the few Zambian women involved in agro processing at a scalable level. Her business acumen has earned her several accolades, including the African Agribusiness Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2017).

 

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