TWO Zimbabwean women, Amira Elmissiry and Tabetha Kanengoni Malinga, have been named among the Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa for 2014.
Elmissiry (31) is the Special Assistant to the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral development finance institution established to promote the economic development and social progress of African countries.
Kanengoni Malinga is, Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture after her appointment by President Robert Mugabe last year.
At 32, she is the youngest deputy minister and is also a legislator for Mazowe Central Constituency.
Her father, the late Elias Kanengoni, was the deputy director (internal) of the Central Intelligence Organisation.
Elmissiry advises AfDB president Donald Kaberuka on issues regarding policy, operations and strategy. She studied law in the United Kingdom and joined the bank in 2009. Prior to her current role, she served as the AfDB’s Senior Legal Counsel in Private Sector and Microfinance Operations.
The two Zimbabweans joined the elite group of influential Africa women who include bureaucrats, politicians and pilots. According to Forbes, the list is made up of “change-makers, trendsetters, visionaries and thinkers, builders and young global leaders.”