Samah SalmanSamah Salman


Sudan

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Strategy professional in leading African agri-food business

Occupational Position: Post graduate student, Agricultural Economic School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK

Projects


Samah was on the executive leadership team of one of the largest agri-food enterprises in Africa, operating out of Khartoum. As Strategic Planning Manager, she established a strategy office and drove the company strategy with senior management. They received recognition from the UK’s Management Consultancy Association for ‘Runner Up, Best Strategy Project’ as well as the UAE’s ‘Best Project’ prize at the CSR Arabia Awards for their sustainable agri-food strategy. Samah was also part of a team that set up CNPC (China National Petroleum Company)’s operation in Sudan and also worked with a Malaysian-Chinese-Emirati-Sudanese oil and gas consortium in Sudan. She also has had experience with Merrill Lynch, SG Cowen and the US Senate.

Professional History


Samah سماح)) is a strategy and finance professional with extensive experience in American, Asian, African and Middle Eastern corporate environments. A global citizen, Samah has lived in the U.S., Sudan, Italy and the UK. She speaks English, Arabic, proficient French and is learning Chinese.

Qualifications


B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Benjamin Franklin Scholar; Joseph Wharton Scholar

Programs


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship

Featured News

Norman Smit
02 August 2022

2015 Tutu Fellow Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso has started a new role as Senior Program Officer, Health, Africa at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Kopano is a public health physician and novelist and the Founding Executive Director of the Grow Great Campaign, which seeks to achieve the goal of zero stunted growth among children in South Africa by 2030.  

At the Gates Foundation, Kopano says that together with colleagues in the Africa team she hopes to strengthen and advance the Foundation's regional and continental health portfolio, with a focus on primary health care and health systems strengthening.

Norman Smit
01 August 2022

In her Tutu Talk, titled The Activist-Scholar: Navigating the promises and pitfalls of policy-making, 2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey PhD speaks about her commitment to building progressive politics in her country and influencing public discourse and policy-making processes.

TutuTalks are a series collaboration between the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the African Leadership Institute, and it is a platform for African leaders who embody the values and ethics displayed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu throughout his life of service.

Norman Smit
14 July 2022

2018 Tutu Fellow Edzai Zvobwo has been appointed an Expert Contributor to the High-Level Panel on Emerging Technologies - APET - at the African Union's Development Agency, NEPAD. In 2016, African heads of government instructed NEPAD to establish a system to obtain expert contributions on matters of technology development and acquisition for economic development.

Edzai's role in the team will be to meaningfully research, analyze and present findings around emerging technologies and their potential benefit on the African continent.

Norman Smit
14 July 2022

In this Tutu Talk, 2011 Tutu Fellow and Ugandan peace activist Victor Ochen is using his voice of courageous leadership to champion the protection of rights of children and promote the culture of peace and tolerance.

Born in northern Uganda, he spent 21 years amidst violent conflict that displaced over three million people. More than 60,000 people - including his own brother - were forcefully abducted and recruited as child soldiers.

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Tutu Fellowship COVID-19 News

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About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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