Moroccans, Nigerians and Kenyans dominate the 2015 “Choiseul 100 Africa-Tomorrow’s Economic Leaders” ranking by the Choiseul Institute, a Paris-based think-tank. This ranking published each year “identifies, identifies and classifies young African leaders aged 40 and under, called to play a major role in the economic development of the continent in the near future”.
The fruit of work carried out over several months, the Choiseul Institute called on numerous experts and specialists from the continent to carry out this ambitious and unique study which draws up an inventory of the driving forces of the African economy.
In order to classify the profiles selected, several weighted criteria were taken into account such as image and reputation, background and skills, power and function, influence and networks, potential and leadership. The sum of the points obtained in the various categories of criteria mentioned above determines the place of each of the winners in the final ranking. Profiles with less than 10% in one of the categories are eliminated.
As the study ended on June 30, 2015, professional developments after this date were not taken into account.
Igho Sanomi (photo), CEO of Taleveras Group (Nigeria) tops the Top 100, Mohammed Dewji, CEO of Entreprises Tanzania Limited, and Hisham El Khazindar (Egypt), CEO of the Qalaa Holding investment fund.
Mehdi Tazi (Morocco), CEO of Saham Assurance Maroc, comes in 4th position. He is followed by Hassanein Hiridjee (Madagascar), President DTS –MOOV, Nomkhita Nqweni (South Africa), CEO of Absa capital, Ken Etete (Nigeria), CEO of Century Group, Paul-Harry Aithnard (Togo), director of markets of capital and asset management for the Ecobank group, and Marienne Jamme (Senegal), CEO of SpotOne.
Sébastien Kadio -Morokro (Côte d’Ivoire), Managing Director of Petro Ivoire, closes the Top.
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In the global study, available on the website of the Choiseul Institute (www.choiseul.info), a second list identifies the profiles ranked between 101st and 200th place. Of the 54 African states, 44 are represented in this study
Out of the 200 African leaders ranked, West Africa holds the upper hand with 58 laureates, ahead of East Africa (52 laureates), North Africa (47 laureates), Central Africa (22 laureates) and Southern Africa (21 laureates).
The ranking also highlights the emergence of women in influential positions. They are 60 in this second edition of Choiseul 100 Africa. Nomkhita Nqweni (South Africa), Marieme Jamme (Senegal), Fatiha Charradi (Morocco), Rosario Mbasogo K. Nguidang (Equatorial Guinea) and Carole Kariuki (Kenya) are in the top 15 of the ranking.