Top 50 Women in Corporate Africa Revealed after Data-Driven Research

In a major virtual summit with over 1,000 high-level attendees, revealed the names of the 50 most senior women in Corporate Africa.  The Definitive List of Women CEOs is distinguished in that it is data-driven.  The researchers started by working with data provided by Bloomberg and evaluating the over 1,400 companies listed on the 24 African stock exchanges.

The list yielded many more women from South Africa than any other African country, followed by Nigeria and Kenya.  The finance sector had more women CEOs than any other sector, followed closely by technology. Managing Director Laura Joseph said, “FIve companies had more than one woman on the list: Bidvest, Microsoft, Old Mutual, Sonatel, and Sanlam.”

The methodology includes three sections: 1) CEOs of African exchange-listed companies with a market cap over $150 million USD; 2) division heads of African exchange-listed companies, where the division itself would be valued at over $150 million, were it standalone; and 3) Africa region heads, or country heads, of globally listed companies with a market cap of over $50 billion. Chair and Executive Editor Teresa Clarke said, “The list has started a movement to give African women something larger to aspire to like running a large, complex business – not just SMEs as is often the focus of women in business.”

The Definitive List of Women CEOs:

1. Natascha Viljoen, CEO, Anglo American Platinum, South Africa

2. Mpumi Madisa, CEO / Executive Director, Bidvest Group, South Africa

3. Lizé Lambrechts, CEO / Executive Director, Santam, South Africa

4. Miriam Olusanya, Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd, Nigeria

5. Jane Karuku, Group Managing Director and CEO, East African Breweries Ltd, Kenya

6. Helena Conradie, CEO, Satrix 40, South Africa

7. Leila Fourie, CEO, JSE, South Africa

8. Ruth Zaipuna, CEO, NMB Bank, Tanzania

10. Catherine Lesetedi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Insurance Holdings, Botswana

11. Mansa Nettey, Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana

12. Anne Juuko, CEO, Stanbic Bank Holdings, Uganda

13. Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane, Managing Director, Absa Bank Botswana Ltd, Botswana

14. Jackie van Niekerk, CEO, Attacq Ltd, South Africa

15. Jalila Mezni, CEO, Société d’Articles Hygiéniques LILAS, Tunisia

16. Amelia Beattie, CEO, Liberty Two Degrees, South Africa

17. Mercia Geises, CEO, SBN Holdings Ltd (Standard Bank), Namibia

18. Rebecca Miano, Managing Director and CEO, Kenya Electricity Generating, Kenya

19. Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, VP, Managing Director, Oulmes, Morocco

20. Diane Karusisi, CEO, BK Group PLC, Rwanda

21. Nasim Devji, Group CEO and Managing Director, Diamond Trust Bank, Kenya

22. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Managing Director and CEO, Fidelity Bank, Nigeria


23. Kanyisa Mkhize, CEO Sanlam Corporate, Sanlam, South Africa

24. Vivien McMenamin, CEO South Africa, Mondi South Africa, South Africa

25. Nevine Wefky, President of Corporate Credit and Investment, Commercial International Bank, Egypt

26. Yolisa Phahle, CEO General Entertainment and Connected Video, The MultiChoice Group, South Africa

27. Kerrin Land, Managing Director, Personal Finance & Wealth Management, Old Mutual, South Africa

28. Prabashini Moodley, Managing Director, Old Mutual Corporate, South Africa

29. Hannah Sadiki, Bidvest Financial Services CEO, Bidvest Financial Services, South Africa

30. Ramatoulaye Diallo Shagaya, Managing Director Orange Finances Mobile Services, Sonatel, Senegal

31. Aminata Kane Ndiaye, CEO Orange Sierra Leone, Sonatel, Senegal

32. Kerry Cassel, CEO Financial Services Sector, Motus Holdings, South Africa

33. Anet Ahern, CEO PSG Asset Management, PSG Konsult, South Africa

34. Nanees Adel, CSH Managing Director, Cleopatra Hospital, Egypt

35. Hélène Echevin, CEO, CIEL Healthcare, CIEL, Mauritius


36. Teju Ajani, Managing Director Nigeria, Apple, Nigeria

37. Juliet Ehimuan, Director West Africa, Google, Nigeria

38. Kendi Ntwiga-Nderitu, Country Lead Kenya, Microsoft, Kenya

39. Lillian Barnard, CEO South Africa, Microsoft, South Africa

40. Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Africa, Facebook, South Africa

41. Aida Diarra, Senior Vice President and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, VISA Inc, South Africa

42. Chantal Umutoni Kagame, CEO, MTN Mobile Money, Subsidiary of MTN Rwanda, Rwanda

43. Yvonne Ike, Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Bank of America, Nigeria

44. Cathy Smith, MD Sub-Saharan Africa, SAP, South Africa

45. Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, CEO Nigeria and Ghana, Citibank, Nigeria

46. Mariam Kane-Garcia, CEO South Africa & Executive VP Southern Africa,TotalEnergies, South Africa

47. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh, Regional Head North, East. and West Africa, IBM, Ghana

48. Brenda Mbathi, President GE East Africa, General Electra, Kenya

49. Mpumi Zikalala, Managing Director, de Beers Group Managed Operations, De Beers Group, South Africa

50. Taelo Mojapelo, CEO and Vice President, British Petroleum Southern Africa, South Africa

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