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President Sahlework named among 100 most powerful women by Forbes

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Addis Ababa, December 6, 2018 (FBC) – Ethiopia’s President Sahlework Zewde has been named among the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes.

She is the only African who made to Forbes most powerful women list.

Sahlework was appointed as the fourth President of Ethiopia last October, replacing Mulatu Teshome.

She served as Special Representative of UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the AU and Head of the UN Office to the AU at the level of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

She was the first person to hold the post at the level of Under-Secretary-General.

She served as Ambassador to Senegal, with accreditation to Mali, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Guinea, from 1989 to 1993.

From 1993 to 2002, she was Ambassador to Djibouti and Permanent Representative to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

She later served as Ambassador to France, Permanent Representative to UNESCO and accredited to Tunisia and Morocco from 2002 to 2006.

She also served as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA).

Previously, she also held a number of other high level positions including as Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the AU and ECA and as Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

In 2011, she was appointed to the position of Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.