Two Kenyan women in top famous world ranking lists


Dr. Angela Gichaga and Ms. Nice Nailantei Leng'ete. Photos/COURTESY
Dr. Angela Gichaga and Ms. Nice Nailantei Leng'ete. Photos/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Dr. Angela Gichaga and Ms. Nice Nailantei Leng'ete have been named among the World's 50 Greatest Leaders and top 100 Most Influential People respectively.
  • Ms. Leng'ete on the other hand, is an activist championing the fight against female genital mutilation in partnership with AMREF.
  • Both women are graduates of President Barack Obama's Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders.

Two Kenyan women are among the world’s top leaders as ranked by the prestigious Fortune and Time magazines.

Dr. Angela Gichaga and Ms. Nice Nailantei Leng’ete have been named as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and top 100 Most Influential People respectively.

Both women are graduates of President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders.

Dr. Gichaga, 34, is the CEO of Financing Alliance for Health, a non-profit organisation based in Kenya while 27-year-old Leng’ete is an activist championing the fight against female genital mutilation.

“Her (Ms. Leng’ete’s) work as a project officer with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Africa has saved an estimated 15,000 girls around Kenya from the cut, as well as from child marriage,” Time Magazine says.

In 2015, the Kenyan Government recognised her as Inspirational Woman of the Year.

Dr. Gichaga on her part was appointed chief executive officer less than one year ago, to lead the non-profit firm that operates in partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and John Hopkins School of Public Health.

This is not the first time that the clinician has been awarded for her outstanding management skills: in 2012, she received the Australian Leadership Award.

“I was privileged to be mentored by and to shadow top government officials who guided my leadership learning through internship placements in their respective organisations. The experience honed my understanding of the role of leaders in providing a vision and facilitating change,” she said according to a statement from the Kenyan embassy in Australia.

On returning to Kenya, Dr. Gichaga then served at the helm of the Health Ministry as a health economist and later as a management consultant with the globally acclaimed research firm McKinsey & Co.

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