Institut Choiseul for International Politics and Geoeconomics, the world renowned independent research center has released the second edition of top 100 young economic leaders in Africa. The ‘Choiseul 100, Africa 2015′ features successful entrepreneurs, budding business leaders, investors who will play a major role in the development of Africa in the nearest future. This list of future leaders who are 40 years or younger was compiled based on their “image and reputation, background and skills, power and function, influence and networks, potential and leadership.”

According to Pascal Lorot, President of the Institut Choiseul, “As a unique ranking of young African economic leaders, the study intends to highlight these women and men who build today’s Africa and prepare the one of tomorrow. By honouring them, by presenting them to the world, the way Africa is perceived is changing, it’s becoming more positive and more accurate to what the continent is really today: a land full of future promise for humanity’s history.”

With over 30 women on this list, here are the four women represented on the list that are set to change the economic landscape of Africa in a few years.

Carole Kariuki, 40
Rank: 14

Kariuki is the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), a limited liability membership organization that brings together business community to influence public policy for an enabling business environment in trade, investment and industrial relations.

Due to her role in business sector development, Carole has won several awards such as: the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) 2012, Heads of State Commendation (HSC) 2011, Business Daily’s Top 40 under 40 women in Business, Outstanding role in creating public private partnerships for business growth by International Labor Organization women entrepreneurship Development 2011.

Rania Al-Mashat, 39
Rank: 38

Al‐Mashat, is currently Sub-Governor for Monetary Policy Department Central Bank of Sub-Governor for Monetary Policy Department Central Bank of Egypt (CBE). Prior to joining the CBE, she was a Senior Economist at the IMF in Washington DC and she also had a stint at Deputy Project Director at the Institutional Reform and Informal Sector Center (IRIS) at UMCP.

As a specialist in applied macroeconomics, international economics and monetary policy, Rania is a Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum for Arab countries, Iran and Turkey.

Amira Elmissiry, 32
Rank: 80

A trained Barrister, Amira holds a Masters in Law and Restorative Justice. Prior to her current role as the Special Assistant to the president of the African Development Bank (AFDB), she served as the AfDB’s Senior Legal Counsel in Private Sector and Microfinance Operations and worked with various international organizations.

As the Special Assistant to the AFDB president, Amira is in charge of operations, policy and strategic issues.  She also assists with monitoring delivery of complex commitments to the top management of the institution.

Razia Khan, 37
Rank: 87

Formerly an Analyst at Standard Chartered Bank, Razia is now the Africa head of Economics. With a BSc Hons degree in Economics and an MSc in Development, including Monetary Economics and International Trade Law, she is in charge of advising bank clients on Africa strategy and also provides updates to finance ministries, multilateral institutions and central banks in Africa.

A member of the advisory board of the Royal Africa Society, Razia has served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Population and on Poverty and Development.

Source: Omotola Omolayo, Ventures Africa

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