This week, we will talk about Vera Songwe and Acha Leke.
Dr. Songwe is the World Bank Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania. She is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institute with the Global Economy and Development and Africa Growth Initiative. Her main areas of interest are fiscal policy, innovative financing mechanisms for development, agriculture, energy and economic governance. She is a member of the African Leadership Network. Dr. Songwe holds a PhD. in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research & Econometrics from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. She holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (reference). You can follow Dr. Songwe on twitter for updates.
Mr. Leke is a Senior Partner at Mckinsey & Company, as well as co-founder of the African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network. While completing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, he also received an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University. He received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude), with a minor in Economics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated as the school’s first black valedictorian. Mr. Leke is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Regional Agenda Council on Africa. He is also on the Africa Policy Advisory Board for One (reference). Mr. Leke is quite active on twitter so follow him for more updates.
I don't know about you but, these two make me want to pick up a book and start reading or better yet, enroll myself back in school :). Nonetheless, their hard work and determination should inspire you to achieve more in life. Stay tuned for next weeks feature.
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