Rwandan among New African Woman Awards 2016 nominees

Ms. Clare Akamanzi

Ms. Clare Akamanzi

Clare Akamanzi, one of the most successful young women in Rwanda has been listed among nominees for the first edition of New African Woman Awards 2016 slated for this week in the United Kingdom.

The winners, as voted by New African Woman magazine’s readers, will be announced during the Awards ceremony on Thursday, 10th March in London.

The award categories include: business, politics &public office, education, science technology innovation, finance &banking, media, art &culture, civil society, and rising star.

Rwanda’s Clare Akamanzi was nominated in business category competing with big names: Marie Diongoye Konaté (Ivory Coast), Olajumoke Adenowo (Nigeria), Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch (Morocco), Sibongile Sambo (South Africa) and Swaady Martin (Ivory Coast).

The inaugural New African Forum and awards will take place in London two days after the International Women’s Day (IWD), held this year under the theme: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.

The first edition of the New African Woman Forum Awards sets out to honour extraordinary women who have made significant achievements in their countries and communities.

Leila Ben Hassen, chair of the New African Woman Forum (NAWF) judging panel said that the global theme for IWD is a call to action for parity to close the gender gap, which is squarely aligned with the NAW Forum theme, designed to celebrate women’s leadership and excellence on the continent.

The New African Woman Forum brings together over 150 leaders from business, academia and civil society, as well as key decision makers from the public and private sector.

“It will also offer a unique platform to meet, network and share the success stories, experiences and challenges of the African Women who are changing the game on the continent. My co-judges and I look forward to discovering more about these incredible women of Africa and selecting this year’s winners,” Hassen said.

Ms. Akamanzi was among the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2013 on the Forbes list. She was also on the 2013 Ventures Africa list of 13 young Africans who have contributed to shaping the future of the continent and the world at large; through their activities and businesses.

Who is Claire Akamanzi?

Akamanzi, 36, is the Chief Operating Officer of the Rwandan Development Board (RDB), a government institution tasked with accelerating economic growth and development in Rwanda by enabling private sector growth.

Akamanzi has had a successful career in public service, serving as Rwanda’s commercial diplomat in London and as a trade negotiator in Geneva for the Rwandan government at the World Trade Organization. She’s currently a Mason Fellow, at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the United States.