Elsie Kanza is the Director, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, the Geneva, Switzerland-based organization whose mission is to engage political, business and social leaders to shape global agendas and effect local change.
Prior to her role as Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, Kanza served as Personal Assistant and Economic Advisor to His Excellency, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania from 2006 to 2011. Kanza began her career with the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank of Tanzania where she worked in various capacities. Named one of Forbes’s 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa in 2011, Kanza is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for 2011 and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow for 2008.
Now at the helm of the World Economic Forum on Africa, Kanza is tasked with engaging and collaborating with relevant leaders and stakeholders in shaping and catalyzing Africa’s transformation.
I spoke with Kanza recently to learn more about her career journey, her current role with the World Economic Forum, the just ended World Economic Forum on Africa and her take on Africa’s rising narrative, its future and potential for growth.
(via Meet Elsie Kanza, Head Of Africa At The World Economic Forum On Delivering On Africa’s Promise - Forbes)