Top Global Women

Looking through Diplomatic Courier magazine’s 2012 list of Top Global Women, it comes as no surprise to see names such as President Dilma Rousseff and Aung San Suu Kyi, not to mention a number of impressive women’s rights activists. I am pleased, however, to see business women making more and more appearances on such international lists of influential women. I suppose this is occurring both because women are rising in the business world and because the importance of women’s economic leadership is increasingly recognized.

The 2012 list has executives like Cher Wang, co-founder of HTC of smartphone fame, and Chanda Kochhar, head of ICICI Bank. Significantly, leaders of chambers of commerce are recognized: Christine Martey-Ochola, co-founder of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce; and Selima Ahmad, founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Selima has more good news. The Islamic Development Bank selected Selima Ahmad as laureate of the Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development,  in recognition of her “outstanding leadership and ability to utilize financial networks to promote the development of women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh.”

It’s always a delight to hear of these achievements.

Kim Bettcher

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