Born on 20th April 1973, Isabel dos Santos is the chairperson at the Unitel, Angola’s leading mobile operator, and the richest woman in Africa. She is the eldest child of José Eduardo dos Santos, who is a former president of Angola.
Isabel dos Santos believes in talent and invests in empowering the next generation of leaders. Her priority is in developing Africa and especially her country, Angola. She thinks empowering women economically is vital in enabling their rights and in the end transforming the society. In 2013, her net-worth according to Forbes was over $ 2 billion. In November 2015, she appeared in the BBC top 100 most influential women in the world.
Isabel dos Santos at the European Parliament
Isabel dos Santos recently spoke at the European Parliament concerning the evolving skill in Africa and the significance of diversifying the economy through technological development and growth of areas such as Finance and Farming.
She mentioned that for Africa to stay competitive, people have to get an education on the use of technology. Isabel dos Santos was speaking at the section dedicated to “Africa and Evolving Technology”. In the Africa Summit 2019 purposed to improving the cooperation and relationship between African Nations and the European Union. According to Isabel dos Santos, the digital revolution will follow the mobile revolution in Africa. Most sales and transactions will be through e-commerce, and more Africans will own bank accounts thanks to digital banking.
Isabel is a billionaire businesswoman who mentioned that the safe, comfortable, and affordable transport in African cities was still a significant challenge due to the high population growth and megacities. Technology and urban planning are necessary for building cities that have quality public transports, reduce costs of living, and manage environmental resources more efficiently.
Isabel dos Santos pointed out the need to use agricultural technology to make Africa competitive in agriculture. For Africa to develop technologically, the continent has to be appealing to retain young talent. This can be done through the steadiness and continuity of the lawful background in attracting investments and job creation.
Quality education, innovation, and technology will help the continent grow and close the gap between Africa and the rest of the world.
Santos´ video available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqUiIt557ZshsWhJPABVFyw