Elsie S. Kanza, Tanzanian economist has been appointed to serve as Tanzanian ambassador to the United States.

Elsie S. Kanza who is Special Adviser to the President of the World Economic Forum (WEF) worked in Tanzania’s finance ministry and its central bank  from 1997 and 2006 and moved on to serve as economic advisor to the President of Tanzania from 2006 to 2011.

In 2008, she became an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow, and in 2011 a WEF Young Global Leader. In 2020, the magazine Forbes Africa listed her as one of Africa’s 50 most powerful women. She has served on various boards, including those of the African Leadership Institute – South Africa, Mercy Corps Europe, The Nature Conservancy Africa Council, and the Uongozi Institute.

Elsie holds a BSc (cum laude) in International Business Administration from the United States International University – Africa, an MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde, and was awarded  a Doctorate of Business Administration (honoris causa) from the University of Strathclyde for her role in driving transformative impact in Africa.