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Isabel dos Santos: Seeking a Bright Future for Women of Africa

Isabel dos Santos is a successful businesswoman and the first daughter of the previous president of Angola, Jose Eduardo. She garnered her investments from initial positions she held as a business professional at Sonangol, a prestigious oil company in Angola. She made her way into male-dominated sectors such as finance, energy, retail, and telecommunications. Over the years, she also delved into philanthropic work where she has been supporting the advancement of women’s careers in her continent. She encourages African business professionals to share knowledge among themselves and learn how to invest in technology as a mean of growing their careers and businesses. In most of her interviews, Isabel dos Santos insists that becoming successful in an industry full of men is challenging. In Africa, especially women employed in any sector understand the challenges involved in finding an executive position.

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Angola é um país lindo, sem igual 🙏🏾 Pôr o pé na nossa terra e olhar em volta cada paisagem é sempre uma bênção. Hoje começa em Luanda o Fórum Mundial do Turismo. Esta é mais uma área com um potencial de crescimento enorme no nosso país. Nós no BFA apoiamos o Turismo em Angola. Este é o nosso empenho, de quem acredita que o Turismo é uma das soluções para o desenvolvimento das nossas regiões, comunidades, negócios e assim se criam empregos e se gera valor para Angola. Basta olhar aqui para a beleza da Fenda da Tundavala… 😍🇦🇴 #SharingbyIsabeldosSantos #Turismo #Angola #Futuro #BFA Angola is a beautiful country, unique 🙏🏾 Setting foot on our land and looking around each landscape is always a blessing. Today, the World Tourism Forum takes place in Luanda. This is another area with tremendous growth potential in our country. We at BFA support Tourism in Angola. This is our commitment, from those who believe that Tourism is one of the solutions for the development of our regions, communities, businesses and thus create jobs and generate value for Angola. Just take a look at the beauty of Tundavala Gap … 😍🇦🇴

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Discrimination is a real concern. Even at the height of her career, Isabel dos Santos noticed that her opinions were second-guessed. You’d think being a woman makes one incapable of landing deals and negotiating for better pay. People have often marred her success by prejudice. However, the hardships encouraged her to be better at everything she does. She has also been driven to invest in philanthropy by ensuring that female business professionals in her sector are motivated to pursue education. Her pursuits in this line have encouraged her colleagues and entrepreneurs from Africa to take up leadership positions in supporting young women to invest in small businesses while advancing their careers. Consequently, Isabel dos Santos holds various mentoring sessions attended by young African women, in her native land of Angola, to implore them to take executive roles in the industry. Isabel dos Santos thinks that they shouldn’t only pursue education but seek to have better lives by devoting to their work.

Isabel was raised in Baku, Azerbaijan. She attended King’s College and studied electrical engineering. She then joined her father in running a business at Luanda before establishing her first business. Isabel has always been fascinated by technology. Therefore, she adapted to the use of walkie-talkie in running one of her companies in Angola.

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