Three Rwandans listed among 100 most influential people in Africa

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 27 July 2020 at 06:33

Three Rwandans have appeared on a list of 100 most influential people in African corporate executives and politicians other than heads of state.

The list, compiled by Jeune Afrique, is dominated by Nigerians and South Africans. It includes African football players, artists, scientists and politicians who were very influential in the year 2020.

It is a list that was initiated in January 2020 with, on top of it, the World Health Organization (WHO) director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He led the organization in difficult times where the world has had to face the Coronavirus pandemic, despite challenges including disagreements with the United States, which has decided to suspend funding, accusing WHO of mismanagement.

In May 2017, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected Director-General of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva, Switzerland.

In April this year alone, Adhanom Ghebreyesus life was threatened by many, he faced racism, insulted and yet continued his campaign to ensure that all countries were helped in the prevention of the Covid-19.

The three Rwandans on the list are, on the 22nd place, Louise Mushikiwabo, president of the French-speaking Association; on the 23rd place is Donald Kaberuka while Clare Akamanzi comes at the 62nd position.

Louise Mushikiwabo took over the leadership of the OIF in January 2019.

Mushikiwabo took over the leadership of the OIF in January 2019 after being elected in October 2018 with the support of the African Union.

She pledged to help the organization thrive, and help fill a gap in its cash flow where its operations needed to be reformed.

Donald Kaberuka has chaired various organizations including the African Development Bank

Donald Kaberuka, is one of those people who have a strong background on the international scene as an economist.

Kaberuka has chaired various organizations including the African Development Bank for two terms, and is currently on the board of directors of various global organizations worldwide and is the African Union Special Representative for Combating COVID-19.

At the age of 68, Kaberuka is the CEO of SouthBridge, which provides advice to governments and the private sector in Africa on investment and trade.

Clare Akamanzi has been the CEO of RDB since February 2017

Clare Akamanzi is one of the most praised for her role in the development of the Rwandan economy through attracting investors, key responsibilities of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

Akamanzi has been the CEO of RDB since February 2017, replacing Francis Gatare. Prior to this position, she served as Planning Director at the Office of the Head of State.

In May this year, she was included in the first board of directors of the WHO Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to helping WHO collect the resources needed to tackle global health issues.

Among the other 100 people on the list are, on the second place, Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist is in third place. Mo Ibrahim, a philanthropist from Sudan but based in the UK is also on the list in fourth place and Tony Elumelu in fifth place.


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