African Leadership Magazine Unveils Top 25 African Finance Leaders 2023

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
April 13th, 2023

The African Leadership Magazine (ALM) is pleased to announce the inaugural editorial listing of the Top 25 African Finance Leaders 2023, following a rigorous merit-based selection process by the magazine’s Editorial board. 

The listing is a special recognition of the outstanding contributions of Africa’s topmost finance leaders for providing the leadership and innovative policies, programs and actions that has helped in stabilising many challenged national economies in Africa, while driving recovery and stimulating growth, even when slow, amidst global economic shocks. The list which draws from finance ministers, central bank governors, as well as Chief Executives of leading banking, finance and development institutions from across Africa, is a showcase of finance leaders helping in the drive to finance Africa’s development and those who through strong fiscal and macroeconomic policies have enhanced the national economic outlook and especially supported the growth of small businesses in spite of current global economic climate. 

The listees emerged through a 2-step points-based selection process that include nominations by our global pool of writers, as well as experts in the African banking and finance industry; leading to our editorial board’s final review of the nominations and submissions – using supporting evidence and voting considerations in their final decisions to decide those who emerge on the listing of the ALM Top 25 African Finance Leaders 2023.

The full listees were unveiled during the African Finance Leaders’ Networking Cocktail, in Washington DC on April 13th, 2023 at the National Press Club, Washington DC, USA on the margins of the annual World Bank Group / IMF 2023 Spring meetings.

The ALM Top 25 African Finance Leaders 2023 are as follows: 

  1. HE Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, Ethiopia
  2. HE Mrs Rindra Rabarinirinarison, Minister of Economic and Finance, Madagascar
  3. Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
  4. Dr. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, Governor of the Bank of Kenya
  5. Mamadou Moustapha Bâ, Minister of Finance and Budget, Senegal
  6. Hon. Johnny Ohisa Damian, Governor of the Central Bank of South Sudan
  7. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Nigeria
  8. Abdulmajid Mussa Nsekela, CEO, CRDB Bank Plc
  9. Dr. Adesola Kazeem Adeduntan, CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Plc
  10. Dr. Ernest Addison, Governor, Bank of Ghana
  11. Caroline Abel, Governor, Central Bank of Seychelles
  12. José de Lima Massano, Governor, National Bank of Angola
  13. Dr. John Mangudya, Governor, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
  14. Dr. The Honourable Renganaden Padayachy, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning, and Development, Mauritius
  15. Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman Heirs Holding
  16. Prof. Benedict Oramah, President, African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank)
  17. Dr. Walton Gilpin, Managing Director, Rokel Commercial Bank, Sierra Leone
  18. Simphiwe Tshabalala, CEO, Standard Bank Group
  19. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor, South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
  20. Othman Benjelloun, Chief Executive Officer, BMCE Bank Morocco
  21. Hon. Samuel D. Tweah, Honourable Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Liberia
  22. Mukwandi Chibesakunda, CEO, Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) PLC
  23. Hon. Matia Kasaija, Minister for Finance, Planning & Economic Development, Uganda
  24. HE Adama Coulibaly, Minister of Finance, Ivory Coast
  25. John Rwangombwa, Governor, National Bank of Rwanda


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