Isabel dos Santos, at a worth of around $2.2 billion, is the richest woman in the world who is from Africa. She is an international businesswoman and a graduate of King’s College London where she earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She established Unitel International Holdings B.V. and is invested in a diverse group of companies across multiple industries (FinancialTimes).
She often engages in public speaking about developing Africa. She has spoken around the world about the need to invest in Africa including at the European Parliament. Isabel dos Santos promotes grassroots development and the incorporation of technology to grow Africa’s economy. She says everyone in Africa will benefit and have more opportunities to improve their lives.
Isabel says that by providing people with a way to become economically successful their entire community will thrive. Technology, especially mobile, can be used to help people such as by providing them with remote working positions. According to Isabel dos Santos, African communities can become part of the global economy and grow in the same way that other developing nations around the world have done in the last few decades.
She says that one of the most pressing issues is the inequality between men and women in Africa. Like most other societies, Isabel dos Santos says that in Africa it is men who are generally supported as entrepreneurs. Women often can’t find anywhere near the same level of support for starting their own company. She says that by hindering women African societies are unnecessarily hindering their development and just making things harder for everyone to succeed.
Isabel spoke at the University of Warwick about this topic. She said that it is important to set long-term goals and work toward accomplishing them rather than expecting immediate results. The college students she talked to want to be involved in developing the economies of Africa when they graduate. She said that they should set longterm goals and subgoals. By doing so they can avoid burnout and see how much success they have had along the way.
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