Tropics Magazine, the first interactive bilingual magazine published in French and English, announced its 7th cohort of the African Doers power list (2022), honoring the ‘creme de la creme’ of personalities shaping the future of Africa. Among the list of accomplished people is the Ethiopian President, Sahlework Zewde.

Sahlework Zewde is the first woman to have the presidency in Ethiopia and has been in office since 2018. Prior to that, she served as the first Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations in Nairobi (UNON) before she was made the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union. As the first woman to hold the two positions, Zewde continues to be a representative symbol of her country.

Launched in May of 2016, African Doers power list is an annual publication celebrating Africa’s influential players in the business, politics, social entrepreneurship, academics, creatives, and beyond and evaluating their influence in those major areas. Particularly, there are three main divisions or areas of influence used as measurement:

  • Economic: net worth for businesspeople or GDP of the country for world leaders
  • Command: number of people overseen by an individual and extent of his/her influence, and
  • Impact: other intangible capturing overall influence.

For the first time, the editorial team debuts its longest list in history, consisting of around 700 people across all categories.

In addition to being acknowledged on Tropic Magazine’s list of powerful people, Gulf News, a well-known daily newspaper in the UAE, ranked President Sahlework as one of the top eight female presidents in the world in an article that was published on July 25, 2022.


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