Several Tutu Leadership Programme alumni have been named in this year’s 100 Most Influential African Women list, which is published annually by Avance Media. They are Elsie Kanza, Ndidi Nwuneli, and Mimi Kalinda.

The prestigious listing is presented as a ranking of the 100 most influential African women, providing a summary of women who have climbed the corporate ladder, started their own businesses, or have been at the forefront of decision-making both locally and internationally.  The criteria for selection include excellence in leadership and performance, personal accomplishments, commitment to sharing knowledge, breaking the status quo, and being an accomplished African woman. The listing was released in August, to coincide with Women's Month.

2008 Tutu Fellow Elsie Kanza is a Tanzanian economist and Head of Africa for the World Economic Forum, where she is a Member of the Executive Committee. Ndidi Nwuneli is a 2006 Associate and the Founder and Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting. She is also an executive at Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd and a Co-founder of AACE Food.  Mimi Kalinda is a 2017 Tutu Fellow and the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Africommunications Group. Elsie was listed in the Business leadership category, Ndidi in the CSO and Philanthropy category, and Mimi in the Entrepreneurship category.

The listing also includes other notables like former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Human rights advocate and politician, Graca Machel; Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary General of the UN; and musician Angelique Kidjo.

Read the full 2020 listing of the 100 Most Influential African Women at Avance Media.

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) 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.