Isabel dos Santos may be known for being the richest woman in Africa with an estimated net worth of $3 billion or as being the daughter of the former president of Angola, but there is more to the exceeding entrepreneur. Isabel is the daughter of the president of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Tatiana Kukanova, is the Chairwoman of the biggest telecommunications company in Angola, UNITEL.
Not only does she own 25% of UNITEL, but she also have business interest in other areas such as media, construction, retail, hospitality, finance, and energy in Angola and Portugal. Isabel dos Santos educational background in business management and engineering at King’s College in London is what prepared her for her career in technology.Her achievements extends further than a board room. She travels all over the world inspiring people who are interested in ways of putting technology to good use (BBC).
She spoke with the students who were interested in politics at Warwick University about the importance of having a goal, a plan, and working together to achieve their common goals on the subject of making Africa one and how Africa can grow. One of her conferences at Yale University, Isabel dos Santos spoke to the students on what can be done to keep Africa growing environmentally and economically. She expressed to them that in order for that to happen we need a new economic model, a new history of Africa, a new story written by all of us so that we can bridge the gap among nations with the help of innovation and technology.
Isabel dos Santos believes in the power of a good education. She believes that it is important to invest in the education of technology to increase the understanding of it and its many features. She also have numerous initiative programs to help underprivileged communities. She also has a partnership between UNITEL and Huawei through that company’s “Seeds For The Future” program which is a scholarship aimed at top students in information and communication technology. Isabel dos Santos vision for a united Africa through technology is definitely happening and with her vision for digital banking among other things in her sights, it’s only a matter of time.
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