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In boardrooms and parliaments, on television and the stage, women are increasingly making their presence felt across Africa and on the world stage. The inaugural ARISE 100 list champions just some of the remarkable women shaping modern Africa today. Icons such as Angélique Kidjo, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Charlize Theron sit alongside lesser-known heroines such as scientist Tebello Nyokong, social entrepreneur Wendy Luhabe and political comedian Odile Sankara.

We share their stories and record their amazing achievements in the fields of politics, business, campaigning, fashion, science and technology, arts and literature, media and communications, law, sport and entertainment.

The African Union has christened this the African Women's Decade, so what better time to celebrate the women changing the face of Africa on the continent and around the world? This is their time.

The ARISE 100: Dynamic Women

Business + Law

Ayo Obe, Vice Chair, National Crisis Group, Nigeria
Bridgette Radebe, President, South African Mining Development Association, SA
Cherie Blair, lawyer, UK
Dambisa Moyo, economist, Zambia/US
Dr Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Ethiopia
Eva Muraya, co-founder and CEO, Color Creations Group, Kenya
Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Gambia
Genevieve Sangudi, Managing Director, Carlyle Group Africa, Tanzania
Hajia Bola Shagaya, founder and CEO, Bolmus Group International, Nigeria
Irene Charnley, CEO, Smile Telecoms, SA
Isabel dos Santos, investor and businesswoman, Angola
Jonitha Gugu Msibi, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young, SA
Maria Ramos, CEO, Absa Group, Portugal/SA
Minoush Abdel-Meguid, co-founder, Union Capital, Egypt
Monhla Hlahla, Chair, IDC, SA
Ngozi Edozien, Director, Actis West Africa, Nigeria
Nombulelo 'Pinky' Moholi, CEO, Telkom SA LTD, SA
Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, CEO, Arcelormittal South Africa, SA
Phuti Malabie, CEO, Shanduka Group, SA
Rosalind Kainyah, Vice President, External Affairs & CSR, Tullow Oil, Ghana/UK
Stella Kilonzo, Chief Executive, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya
Susan 'Santie' Botha, Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela University, SA 
Teresa Heinz Kerry, businesswoman and philanthropist, US
Thuli Madonsela, public protector, SA
Tsega Gebreyes, Managing Partner, Satya Capital, Ethiopia/UK
Wendy Ackerman, retail tycoon, SA
Wendy Luhabe, social entrepreneur, SA

Culture + Media + Sport

Ahdaf Soueif, writer and activist, Egypt/UK
Angélique Kidjo, singer and campaigner, Benin
Angelina Jolie, actress, US
Buika, singer, Spain/Equatorial Guinea
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist, US
Charlize Theron, actress, SA/US
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author, Nigeria/US
Genevieve Nnaji, actress, Nigeria
Dr Johnnetta B Cole, Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, US 
Kanya King, founder, Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, UK
Kerryn Greenberg, Curator (International Art), Tate Modern, SA/UK
Lira, musician, SA
Mariam Doumbia, vocalist, Mali
Oprah, media mogul, US
Oumou Sangaré, musician, Mali
Rungano Nyoni, filmmaker, Zambia/UK
Serkalem Fasil, journalist, US/Ethiopia
Sophie Okonedo, actress, UK
Thandie Newton, actress, UK/Zimbabwe
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem, US
Tirunesh Dibaba, runner, Ethiopia
Wanuri Kahiu, film director, Kenya
Yvonne Chaka Chaka, singer, SA

Fashion

Alek Wek, model and campaigner, South Sudan
Ann McCreath, KikoRomeo designer, founder of FAFA and Fashion for Peace, Kenya
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, founder, soleRebels, Ethiopia
Candice Swanepoel, model, SA
Deola Sagoe, fashion designer, Nigeria
Folake Folarin-Coker, fashion designer, Tiffany Amber, Nigeria
Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-chief, Vogue Italia, Italy
Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, model, Tunisia
Iman, model, campaigner and entrepreneur, Somalia/US
Laurence Chauvin Buthaud, designer and founder, LaurenceAirline, France/Côte d'Ivoire
Lisa Folawiyo, founder and Creative Director, Jewel by Lisa, Nigeria. Liya Kebede, model, Ethiopia
Liya Kebede, model, Ethiopia
Nadiyah Spencer, Director of Sourcing and Production, SUNO, US/Kenya
Oluchi Orlandi, model, Nigeria
Sharon Wauchob, Creative Director, Edun, Ireland
Vivienne Westwood, designer, UK

Politics + Activism

Hon Aicha Bah Diallo, Chair of the Forum for African Women Educationalists, Kenya
Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, former UN Deputy Secretary-General, Tanzania
Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health, Senegal
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, activist and writer, Somalia/Netherlands/US
Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, former Prime Minister, Mali
Diezani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia
Elsie Kanza, Director, World Economic Forum, Tanzania
Graça Machel, advocate for human rights, Mozambique
Ida Odinga, Founder, Ida Odinga Trust, women's health campaigner, Kenya
Joyce Banda, President, Malawi
Joy Phumaphi, Vice President, Human Development Network, World Bank, Botswana
Leigh Blake, founder, ACT V, UK
Leymah Gbowee, peace activist, Liberia
Melinda Gates, philanthropist, US
Mphatheleni Makaulule, founder, Mupo Foundation, SA
Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng, former Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Lesotho
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union, SA
Odile Sankara, activist and comedian, Burkina Faso
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, speaker, Ugandan Parliament, Uganda
Sarah Brown, campaigner, UK
Waris Dirie, model, author, campaigner, Somalia
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, politician, SA
Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator, UK
Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Sierra Leone

Science + technology

Dorothy K Gordon, Director General, Advanced Information Technology Institute, Ghana
Juliet Ehimuan, Google Nigeria Country Manager, Nigeria 
Isis Nyong'o, Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, InMobi, Kenya/US
Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist and BBC presenter, Nigeria/UK
Dr Natasha Sauven, paediatrician, Sierra Leone/UK
Ory Okolloh, Google Policy Manager for Africa, Kenya
Tebello Nyokong, scientist, Lesotho
Thyla van der Merwe, Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering, SA

ARISE 100: Dynamic Women rollcall is published in full in issue 17 of ARISE magazine, out now.

Read the official press release.

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