2020 List of 100 Most Reputable Africans

Updated: Aug 2

Full List of 2020 Most Reputable Africans

by Reputation Poll International, July 29, 2020


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Reputation Poll International, a leading global reputation-management firm, has released the 2020 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans. The list features 47 women and 53 men from diverse sectors including; Leadership, Entertainment, Advocacy, Education and Business. The selection Criteria are: Integrity, Visibility and Impact.

Very prominent personalities featured in the list include: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed; Nigeria’s Dr. Paul Enenche, South Africa’s Prof. Wiseman L. Nkuhlu, Chancellor of the University of Pretoria and Chairman of Rothschild (SA); Guinean Economist Cellou Dalein Diallo, and Cameroon’s Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

On Governance: the list features 2 African Presidents, one Vice President and policymakers.


On Business: South Africa’s Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Ethiopia’s Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu and Nigeria’s Folorunso Alakija are featured for their works across the Globe.


On Leadership: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Sierra Leone’s Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and Ghana’s former Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang


The above luminaries are joined by other great Africans who are celebrated for their Social Impact, as well as Social Entrepreneurship, that are transforming businesses in Africa and affecting lives positively without controversy.


Reputation Poll, known globally for its annual ranking of the 100 Most Reputable People on Earth and Most Reputable CEOs in various countries, is also poised to announce a new set of research on 100 Most Reputable Charity Organizations on earth.


During the announcement of the list by the incoming African Chairperson of the Review and Audit Committee/Member of the Board, Ms. Beldina Auma, Chair Emeritus, World Bank Group-IMF African Society and President of SCIP-International, LLC, made mention of the Organizations’ continued focus and commitment in honouring individuals, organizations and brands that consistently impact lives positively around the world and in Africa.

More details are available on www.reputationpoll.com


It is important to note that the ranking is in alphabetical order.


1. Abdessattar Ben Moussa || President, Tunisian Human Rights League


2. Abiy Ahmed || Prime Minister, Ethiopia


3. Acha Leke || Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company


4. Achille Mbembe || Political Scientist


5. Adama Gorou (Adams) || Human Potential Catalyst


6. Agnes Kalibata || President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa


7. Akinwumi Adesina Dr. || President, African Development Bank


8. Amadou Diaw || Founder, Forum de Saint Louis


9. Amadou Gallo Fall || President, Basketball Africa League


10. Amadou Mahtar Ba || Executive Chairman, AllAfrica Global Media Inc.


11. Amani Abou-Zeid || Commissioner, African Union Commission


12. Amina C. Mohamed || Cabinet Secretary, Kenya


13. Angélique Kidjo || Musician


14. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka || Member of Parliament, Tanzania


15. Anne Makinda || Politician


16. Anthony Navo Jnr || Founder, African Young Voices


17. Arikana Chihombori Quao.Dr || Educator, Policy Leader


18. Asha-Rose Migiro || Diplomat


19. Ashish Thakkar || Founder Mara Group


20. Basetsana “Bassie” Kumalo || Businesswoman.


21. Belay Begashaw || DG, The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa


22. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu || Entrepreneur


23. Bineta Diop || Founder, Femmes Africa Solidarité Senegal


24. Carlos Lopes || Economist


25. Caster Semenya || Olympic Athlete


26. Catherine Adoyo Prof. || Professor, George Washington University


27. Cellou Dalien Diallo || Economist and Politician


28. Collen Mashawana || Philanthropist


29. Denis Mukwege || Founder, Panzi Hospital


30. Divine Ndhlukula || Managing Director, SECURICO


31. Donald Kaberuka || Board Chair, Global Fund


32. Edith Brou || Digital Entrepreneur


33. Ellinah Wamukoya (Bishop) || Clergy


34. Elsie S. Kanza || Head of Africa, World Economic Forum


35. Emma Inamutila Theofelus || Deputy Minister, Namibia


36. Enenche Paul Dr || Senior Pastor, Dunamis Int’l Gospel Centre


37. Fadumo Dayib || Politician


38. Fatou Bensouda || Prosecutor, ICC


39. Félix Tshisekedi || President, Democratic Republic of the Congo


40. Femi Otedola || Chair, Forte Oil PLC


41. Folorunso Alakija || Businesswoman and philanthropist


42. Francis Arinze (Cardinal) || Cardinal, Roman Catholic Church


43. Fred Swaniker || Founder, African Leadership Academy, Ghana


44. Georges Rebelo Chikoti || Diplomat


45. Hafez Ghanem || Vice President, World Bank


46. Hajer Sharief || Co-Founder, Together we build it, Libya


47. Hamadoun Touré || Executive Director, SMART Africa


48. Hanna Tetteh || Head, United Nations Office to the African Union


49. Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki || CEO, NEPAD


50. Ilwad Elman || Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center


51. Isatou Alwar Graham || Lawyer and writer


52. Ishaq Usman Bello (Justice) || Chief Judge FCT Abuja


53. Jackie Chimhanzi. Dr || CEO, African Leadership Institute


54. James Alix Michel || Former President of Seychelles


55. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang (Prof) || Former Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast


56. Jelani Aliyu || Automotive Designer, General Motors


57. Jewel C. Howard Taylor.H.E || Vice President, Liberia


58. Johannes Gawaxab || Governor, Bank of Namibia


59. José Eduardo Agualusa || Journalist and writer


60. Kabirou Mbodje || Founder, Wari Group


61. Ken Kwaku .Dr || International Investment & Corporate Governance Expert


62. Kumi Naidoo || Secretary-General Amnesty International


63. Kwesi Botchwey Prof. || Former Minister of Finance Ghana and Professor,


64. Lamin Momodou Manneh || Lead, Regional Hub UNDP Africa


65. Leymah Gbowee || Founder, Gbowee Peace Foundation


66. Louise Mushikiwabo || Secretary-General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie


67. Lwazi Bam || CEO, Deloitte Africa


68. Macsuzy Mondon || Minister, Seychelles



69. Major Seynabou Diouf || Police United Nation


70. Manasseh Azure Awuni || Journalist


71. Margaret Blick Kigozi Prof || Consultant, UNIDO


72. Maria do Carmo Silveira || Former Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe’s


73. Mariéme Jamme || Founder, iamtheCODE


74. Matshidiso Moeti .Dr || Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO)


75. Mensa Otabil || Theologian


76. Mia Couto || Biologist and writer


77. Michelle Ndiaye || Director, Institute for Peace and Security Studies


78. Mohamed El Kettani || CEO Attijariwafa Bank


79. Mohamed ElBaradei || Law scholar and diplomat who served as Vice-President of Egypt


80. Mutahi Kagwe || Cabinet Secretary for Health, Republic of Kenya


81. Ngozi Okonjoi-Iweala. Dr || Board Chair, Gazi, Nigeria


82. Nhlamu Dlomu || Global Head of People, KPMG


83. Nobuhle Judith Dlamini Nxasana Dr. || Businesswoman and Author


84. Patrick Awuah || Founder, Ashesi University


85. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba || Director, Kenya School of Law


86. Paul Kagame H.E || President Rwanda


87. Peter Tabichi || Teacher


88. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka || Executive Director, UN Women


89. Precious Moloi-Motsepe Dr. || Entrepreneur


90. Shamila Batohi || Director, National Prosecuting Authority


91. Sheila Tlou || Co-Chair, Global HIV Prevention Coalition


92. Tony Ojobo || Public policy expert


93. Vera Songwe. Dr || UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UNECA,


94. Vincent Rague || Co-founder of Catalyst Principal Partners,


95. Wided Bouchamaoui || Co-Founder, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet,


96. Winnie Byanyima || Director UNAIDS,


97. Wiseman L. Nkuhlu Prof || Chancellor, University of Pretoria


98. Wycliffe A. Oparanya || Politician


99. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE || Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone


100. Zweli Mkhize Dr. || Minister, South Africa


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