NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – New Ethiopia President Sahle-Work Zewde is the only African who made to the Forbes, 100 Most Powerful Women in the world.
Zwede, who is in her late 60s, was appointed by Ethiopian lawmakers in October to replace Mulatu Teshome who resigned.
She is the only serving female head of state in Africa.
Just prior to her appointment as President, she was the UN’s top official at the African Union.
According to Forbes although a ceremonious role, Zewde’s appointment is a tremendously symbolic move for the conservative country, opening the door for gender parity.
She is among the few black women who made it to the list at number 97.
Others include Oprah Winfrey at number 20, Entertainer Beyonce Knowles at number 50 and the World Champion Tennis player Serena Williams at number 79.
“The 2018 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list celebrates the icons, innovators and instigators who are using their voice to change power structures and create a lasting impact,” Forbes states.
The top 10 most powerful women in the world include Germany’s Angel Markel; UK Prime Minister Theresa May, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Largade, General Motors CEO Marry Barry, Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson, and Co Chair Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Melinda Gates.
Others include YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Executive Director, Banco Santander Ana Patricia Botin, CEO, Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.
Oueen Elizabeth II is ranked at number 23 followed by Ivanka Trump at number 24.
Entertainer Taylor Swift became the youngest on the list at number 68, at the age of 28.
This year is the 15th annual list.