By Augustine Nyuykongi
The Strategic African Women in Leadership, SAWIL, has nominated influential Cameroonian banker and leader Gwendoline Abunaw for the top 30 African Influential Female Leaders.
This recognition is given to Female role models in Africa who are pioneers for transformation, gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in their respective fields.
Created in 2014, SAWIL is an organization for women who believe in the idea of “lifting as you rise.”
The organization is a vehicle for women leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals in Africa seeking to advance their careers through leadership training, executive coaching, entrepreneurship training, masterclasses, board training, mentorship and networking.
Gwendoline Abunaw carries a rich experience in leadership on the continent. An experience that gives her the required boost to earn her nomination. She has worked as the Managing Director at Ecobank Cameroon since 2017 and has been credited for the many changes brought to the bank since her appointment.
She is also well known for her exploits in the promotion of women in the finance and business sectors, and for supporting solutions to business and development-related challenges.
Gwendoline Abunaw’s over 20 years in the Banking sector saw her outscoring about 20 other female Cameroonians shortlisted for the recognition.
Gwendoline is a graduate of the University of Buea and London Metropolitan University.
She has held positions at the Standard Chartered Bank Cameroon, Afriland First Bank Cameroon and Citibank Cameroon. Positions that groomed her for a present role – CEO of Ecobank.
She was appointed to the Board of Directors of Ecobank in 2014 and was later confirmed as Director of Grandes Enterprise for Cameroon and the CEMAC region.
In 2015, Gwendoline was made Deputy General Manager for Ecobank Cameroon, and two years later, Head of the Financial Institution in Cameroon.