Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, née Ellen Johnson, (born October 29, 1938, Monrovia, Liberia), Liberian politician and economist, who was president of Liberia from 2006. She was the first woman to be elected head of state of an African country.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, born November 19, 1954, Cairo, Egypt, Egyptian military officer who became Egypt’s de facto leader in July 2013, after the country’s military removed Pres. Mohammed Morsi from power following mass protests against his rule. Sisi was elected president in May 2014.
Ngozi Okonjo – Iweala is a renowned economist of Nigeria. She became popular when she was made the Finance Minister of the country twice. Also, her long tenure with the World Bank which includes her time as the Managing Director of the firm is another claim to fame. For a short time, she also worked as the Nigerian Foreign Minister.
No discussion about the history of science, technology and innovation policy in Africa is complete without mentioning Calestous Juma. Juma, professor of International Development at Harvard University, passed away late last year after a long battle with cancer.
Dambisa Moyo born September 15, 1969, is a native of Zambia (Southern Africa), holds a doctorate in Economics from Oxford University and a Masters from Harvard University. She is the author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way For Africa, published in the spring of 2009.
Folorunsho Alakija is the second richest African woman and the third richest woman of African descent in the world. A Nigerian business tycoon, Alakija has business interests in the fashion, oil and printing industries.