News Release

8th March 2023

We are pleased to announce the release of the Top 20 Inspirational Women of the African Diaspora Professional Women (ADIPWO) list for 2023. This list recognises and celebrates outstanding women who have made significant contributions in various industries and are putting Africa on the global map.

For the past nine years, ADIPWO has had the privilege of selecting 20 women who have inspired us with their work and commitment. This year’s list showcases a diverse range of women who are making a remarkable impact and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 with the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,” we are thrilled to see that many of the women on the list are paving the way in the most advanced digital technologies and other prime industries. We hope that their success will inspire many more women to pursue opportunities in the digital space.

“It’s an honour to recognise these amazing women who are making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others,” said Francine Beleyi, founder of ADIPWO. “Every year, we are inspired by so many African women in the diaspora and on the continent who are using their talents, passion, and skills to make a positive impact.”

The full list of the Top 20 Inspirational Women of the African Diaspora Professional Women (ADIPWO) list for 2023 can be found on

For more information, please contact Francine Beleyi at or on LinkedIn


The African Diaspora Professional Women (ADIPWO) is an online forum that aims to:

  • Celebrate the success of African Women across the world, including in Africa.
  • Give visibility to women who have achieved success in their own way but may still be unknown by the wider public.
  • Inspire the new generation of African Women and share ideas to make a difference (no matter how big or small it is).
  • Contribute to Africa’s rebranding and development by identifying opportunities to transfer the vast knowledge gained outside the continent.

This forum is open to women of the African Diaspora and to anyone who has a passion for Africa development.

Join ADIPWE LinkedIn group with 400+ members to participate in the conversation.

More about the list and previous editions


About the Editor:

Francine Beleyi is the Editor and Founder of African Diaspora Professional Women (ADIPWO), a list started in 2011 to feature the achievements of African women in their host countries and on the continent.

Francine is a British-Togolese award-winning digital & change strategist, business advisor, specialist in corporate and personal branding. She helps entrepreneurs, CEOs, corporate executives, and governments in their digital communication strategy, management of their personal and professional brand to increase their visibility, better reach their target audience, and improve their profitability in order to have a greater impact.

She is the founder of nucleus of change, international speaker and award-winning author of the book ‘Personal branding in the digital age: How to become a known expert, thrive and make a difference in the connected world’. She is one of the co-authors of the book ‘Africa–Europe Cooperation and Digital Transformation’ with chapter 16 ‘Fostering Prosperity for African Female Entrepreneurs: Opportunities for AU–EU Cooperation in Digital Entrepreneurship Networks.’

Follow Francine: www.LinkedIn com/in/francinebeleyi | Twitter & Instagram: @FrancineBeleyi

About the author Francine Beleyi

Francine Beleyi is a British-Togolese, award-winning digital & communication strategist, author and international speaker.

She is the founder of nucleus of change. Her mission is to empower purpose-driven founders & leaders worldwide to increase their profit & visibility and make a bigger impact.

She is passionate about empowering women and young people with entrepreneurial mindsets, recognising their strengths, creating value, and leveraging digital technologies to create thriving businesses.

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