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Isabel dos Santos: Empowering And Encouraging Women In Africa

Isabel dos Santos is notably known for her philanthropic efforts with various humanitarian organizations. As an entrepreneur, Isabel dos Santos leads Angola’s largest telecommunications company, Unitel. Her extensive knowledge and experience through her leadership at Unitel aided her in creating infrastructure, implementing technology, and economic development in Angola. Before her career began, Isabel dos Santos graduated from King’s College London where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BBC).

Interview

Today, we take a look at a recent article that includes an interview with her. The article begins to describe her as “the daughter of Angola’s former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.” The article mentions she was also previously the chairwoman of an oil company in Angola named Sonangol. It also says that Isabel dos Santos has experienced challenges as a woman in a “male-dominant economy of Africa”. Particularly, she talks about the difficulties of becoming a successful woman in Africa.

The article moves on to the interview. She is first asked to go in detail regarding the challenges she has experienced. She indicates that women in Africa who are employed at “any level of Africa’s business world” commonly experience “discrimination and sexism”. She then describes her own experiences involving discrimination and sexism during her career. Next, she is then asked about potential industries women can “tap” into to become a successful entrepreneur. She states that the “tourism, minerals, agriculture, and manufacturing” industries are potentially good opportunities for women in Africa. Isabel dos Santos specifically identifies the agriculture sector. In it, she states “medium scale operations …” are “becoming more lucrative.” Additionally, she mentions opportunities involving “internal tourists” from other African countries of whom have “disposable income” within the “growing middle class”. This is in reference to opportunities within the tourism industry.

Further, in the interview, she is asked about her philanthropic efforts. As mentioned, Isabel dos Santos works with humanitarian organizations that improve, benefits, and supports society. These philanthropic efforts include “sponsoring charities and programs”. She is also involved in initiatives towards “improving social responsibility”. Isabel dos Santos gives the readers a few examples of her involvement in various humanitarian efforts. Supporting a pediatric hospital, financial support in combating malaria, and the distribution of clean potable water are only to mention a few of her involvements with charitable organizations.

Read more about Dos Santos´ charity projects for Africa at https://www.dailyforexreport.com/isabel-dos-santos-economics/