The crucial role women play in the African economy

Dr. Hanan Morsy, Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research at the African Development Bank is named one of Egypts most influential women.

“I am honored to be named among the most influential women in Egypt. This award validates the crucial role of women in contributing to the Egyptian economy and the continent as a whole,” commented Dr. Hanan Morsy on receiving the award.

Her career at the African Development Bank (AfDB), has helped Dr. Morsy spearhead prominent research on debt and gender issues. As a result of her research, Dr. Morsy highlighted the complexities of the African economy and the challenges within the region including: youth unemployment and women’s lack of access to finance.

“Empowering women is critical for unleashing Africa’s full economic potential. We are very proud of Dr Morsy and delighted to see her recognized among the most influential women in Egypt. She has been a solid addition to the African Development Bank, bringing much creativity, rigor and dynamism to the work of the Bank,” said Charles Boamah, Senior Vice President of the African Development Bank.

Dr. Morsy’s experience in providing high quality policy analysis and research from multiple countries has helped her to publish a wide range of economic and development issues and lead a number of major publications. Her most recent publication for the bank has been the African Economic Outlook 2020, which looks to prepare the region for the future with evidence based recommendations.

“I look forward to contributing to the body of knowledge that unravels the issues confronting the everyday lives of Africans – women and young people in particular. My goal is to offer solutions that will help the continent realise its enormous potential, and I encourage others to do the same,” concluded Dr. Morsy.

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