Elsie S. KanzaElsie S. Kanza

Geneva, Switzerland


Occupational Information

Occupation: Economist

Occupational Position: Head of Africa, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

Professional History

Elsie S. Kanza is Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. From 2006 to 2011, she served as Personal Assistant to H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania responsible for Economic Affairs. And from 1997 to 2006 she served with the Ministry of Finance and central Bank of Tanzania.

She was honoured as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2011. She serves on a number of non-profit and advisory boards, including the UONGOZI Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development and The Nature Conservancy.


BSc (Hons) cum laude in International Business Administration from the United States International University – Africa
MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde, UK
MA in Development Economics from Williams College, USA
PhD in Business Administration, honoris causa, from the University of Strathclyde, UK


2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


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